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‘Flashing RED, Kids Ahead’

“Flashing Red, Kids Ahead” is the theme for the first three weeks of school as announced by the Arkansas Department of Education. This is a reminder to motorists to obey the traffic laws and watch for the flashing red school bus lights. It is illegal to pass a school bus while the bus is stopped with the flashing red lights. Please pay attention to the school buses and help keep our children safe. This is also a reminder to parents and students to be safe and aware while going to and from the school bus stop.

Each driver will be stopping each day at each designed stop. Please let our bus drivers know how much they are appreciated for transporting our precious cargo, our children, to and from home each school day. Driving a bus, maintaining our buses, and organizing all the transportation matters requires our personnel to be focused, organized, timely, and most importantly to place safety as their top priority. Lonoke School District has an excellent safety record. Our transportation department employees receive mandatory safety training each year with additional training for new drivers, as well as other trainings that are provided from the district to help ensure our personnel are equipped with the skills needed to transport and communicate with students.

Students will not be allowed to ride the school bus without a signed note from a parent/guardian if he/she is to ride a bus other than their normal bus route. S

tudents will not be allowed to ride a bus from one campus to another without a meeting being held with the school principal. In the past we have had too many students hopping on and off the buses without any knowledge to the drivers on where they are supposed to be going and with whom. We are doing our best to put safety measures in place so that our students needs come first.

Please remember if you have any changes that will affect your child’s bus transportation, please advise your child’s teacher and school office. Keeping us informed of any changes such as phone or address is vital. I f you have questions regarding our transportation department bus routes or drivers, please contact our supervisor Kathy Halford at 501-676-2042. If you have questions regarding your child’s behavior on the school bus, please advise the school office and ask to speak to the dean of students, assistant principal or principal. THANK YOU to all the parents/guardians that help us in being able to transport your child each day on the school bus by working with us in a positive manner and encouraging your child to behave properly while riding the bus and respecting the bus driver. We appreciate you!

Have a wonderful year riding our school buses!

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