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|Parish school bus guidelines noted|
The drivers of the Franklin Parish School Bus Operators Associa-tion have issued guidelines – some of them new this school year – to all the parents and students who use the Franklin Parish School System school buses.
One guideline applies to driving laws concerning school buses.
The association stresses that the safe transport of all children to and from school is its ultimate goal.
Signed pass required
A new rule this year is that if a child is to ride a bus other than their assigned bus, their parent or guardian is required to submit a written note to the principal, not the teacher, requesting permission for the child to ride another bus.
If permission is granted, the principal will fill out a bus pass form, sign it and give it to the appropriate bus driver.
Children without an official bus pass will not be allowed to board a different bus.
$500 passing fine
The fine is $500 for those who violate the Louisiana law requiring that motorists come to a complete stop when buses are loaded or unloaded.
This includes stopping on both sides of a four-lane highway, unless the lanes are divided by a grass median, such as the one on hwy. 15.
Passing a school bus when red lights are on and the stop signs are extended is a violation of this law. Franklin Parish bus drivers "will aggresively pursue drivers who put children in harm's way by passing a bus."
All parents will be sent a copy of the school system's transportation rules and regulations brochure regarding students' behavior and property damage to the buses. Parents must sign a form stating they have read and understand the rules and the consequences if their child breaks them. The form will be kept on file at the school board office.
If the signed form is not returned within two weeks of a child beginning to ride the bus, the child will not be allowed to ride the bus until the form is turned in.
Students riding buses are expected to be on time at their assigned bus stop. Because buses run on a timely schedule, waiting for children hinders the buses from reaching other stops on time.
This year students will have assigned seats on their buses.
Changes have been made to several routes this year, and patience is requested during the adjustment period.