Winter Weather Driving Tips
1. Time is on your side. Give yourself extra time when the weather is bad. Drivers who give themselves extra time to get to their destination help ensure a safe and appropriate speed for road conditions.
2. Watch for school buses. Passing a stopped school bus from behind as it loads or unloads children is illegal in all 50 states. It’s estimated that more than 80,000 drivers break this law every school day, causing close calls and injuries to children. Everyone plays a role in ensuring students get to school safely, so please use caution and maintain a safe following distance.
3. Be prepared. Make sure the wiper blades, tires, battery, and defroster are in good working condition before inclement weather hits. Keep the vehicle’s gas tank full and check window washer fluid levels.
4. Remain alert. Pedestrians are more likely to be rushing during cold temperatures and could be hidden by poor visibility or snow banks. Remain alert for children who may be hidden or standing in or near the street at the bus stop due to mounds of plowed snow.
5. Drive for conditions. Adjust your driving behavior to the weather conditions. During winter, this often requires slowing down and increasing your following distance. Anticipate that bridges and overpasses may be icy and minimize acceleration and hard-braking.
Students and Parents
1. Don’t rush. When roads and sidewalks are slippery, rushing to catch the bus or driving faster to make it to your destination can have disastrous results. Children need extra time to get to the bus stop in cold, windy, or snowy conditions. Encouraging them to leave a few minutes early and take their time can reduce the number of falls on slick pavement.
2. Bundle up. Students need to keep warm at the bus stop, but they also must still be able to see and hear what’s going on around them. When bundling up your child in the morning, make sure he or she still has an adequate line of sight and can hear traffic and other noises.
3. Watch your step. When walking on snow covered or icy surfaces, watch where you are walking, take shorter, more deliberate steps or do the “penguin shuffle.”
4. Get a grip. Wear footwear appropriate for conditions. Avoid footwear with slick (no-tread) soles when walking on wet surfaces, snow, or ice.
5. Be patient. School bus drivers are trained to drive in inclement weather; however, snow and icy roads can slow down even the most experienced driver. Safety is each driver’s top priority and extra time may be needed to get from stop to stop.
6. Hold on. The seemingly simple task of getting on and off the bus can be taken for granted. Always use the handrails.
7. Be weather aware. Bad weather can lead to school cancellations, delays or early dismissals. Make sure your school has your contact information to receive alerts, and be sure to check your school website or local media when inclement weather is expected.
Substitute Bus Drivers NeededBrunswick City School District is accepting applications for substitute bus drivers. This position has the potential of becoming a regular bus driver in the future, if the applicant is interested. Certification requires the completion of attending a pre-service class, a written and driving test, CDL Class B license, a medical physical exam, drug test, BMV check of driving record, and a background check. The application is available at https://www.bcsoh.org/Page/744
The Transportation Department at Brunswick City Schools is committed to providing our students with safe and efficient transportation to and from school. If you have questions or concerns, please call or email our department.
Planning on MovingIf you are planning on moving, please remember that we cannot assign your student to a new bus and/or bus stop until after the school of attendance has received a proof-of-residence. Once that information has been entered by the school into the student information system, the transportation department then receives that information the following morning. It then can take up to 72 hours to get your child assigned to a bus. Please be aware that you should plan on having alternate arrangements for transportation during this period.
Riding a Different Bus
- Students must ride their assigned bus to and from school.
- Changes in bus assignments and/or stops can be made only in the case of an emergency.
- Any change must be requested by the parent or guardian in writing and approved by the building principal.
School Transportation FAQs
Cell phone usage on the busThe BCSD Parent/Student Handbook prohibits cell phone usage on the bus. Information regarding this can be found starting around page 57. The page number may vary depending on your web browser.
- I cannot see my child’s bus stop from the house. Are there state laws that set the standards for bus stop location?
- Are sidewalks required for my child to get to his/her bus stop?
- I transport my child to a nonpublic/community school each day and just learned a program exists for reimbursement. How can I be reimbursed for transporting my child?
- I make my child wait inside of my house until the bus is at the stop. I have heard this is not allowed – is this true?
- My child has an I.E.P. but transportation is not being provided. Why is this?
DESIGNATED POINT OF SAFETYOhio Administrative Code § 3301-83-08 (C)(1) states:
(C) Pupil management and safety instruction policies shall include the following:
(1) Pupils shall arrive at the bus stop before the bus is scheduled to arrive."Each pupil shall be assigned a designated place of safety on the residence side of the roadway on which the vehicle is scheduled to stop. Driver must account for each pupil at designated place of safety before leaving. Pupils are not to proceed to their residence until the school bus has departed."Link to: