Atlanta – If you were driving around Atlanta during the Wednesday morning and afternoon rush hours, you may have thought school was already in session for Atlanta Public School students. It was not. Wednesday, July 29 was the official bus drivers’ practice run for all APS bus routes in preparation for the first day of school which is on Wednesday August 5.
From 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. APS school bus drivers took to the neighborhood streets, busy roadways and even the highways making sure they were familiar with all their routes. The other purpose for this practice run was to improve on accuracy of timing during current traffic patterns, and to allowing parents to check on estimated pick up and drop off schedules for their children on the first day. Students were not allowed to board the buses during the one day run. The ride was focused on driver preparation for the first day of school.
According the APS website parents are reminded that bus pick-up and drop-off times are approximate. Route times are affected by changes in traffic patterns and ridership. All bus schedules are subject to change during the school year. Bus routes are updated each Friday and those updates will take affect the following Monday. Please check student’s bus route weekly for updates. Also click to review the APS Bus Safety and Conduct Standards.
Many motorist may have gotten out of practice of following bus safety rules as they have traveled the roads all summer without encountering a single school bus. One of most critical lifesaving rules for a driver to follow is associated with the bus stop arm. One day after the APS school bus drivers practiced their routes, Atlanta school, city and law enforcement officials will join national representatives in a press conference launching APS’s CrossingGuard ® school bus stop arm safety camera program. The purpose is the remind motors of the importance of follow school bus traffic rules, discuss the implementation of District’s school bus stop arm safety camera program, and demonstrate how the new camera equipment works.
The Thursday afternoon event participants will include: the City of Atlanta representatives, American Traffic Solutions (ATS) President David Roberts, Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen, members of the Atlanta Board of Education, Atlanta City Council President Ceasar C. Mitchell and Atlanta Police Department Deputy Chief Darryl Tolleson. The news conference is set for Thursday, July 30 at 3 pm at the APS Metropolitan Bus Depot.
APS buses travel 21,904 miles per day transporting 24,000 students to and from school. Motors across the Metro are asked to drive carefully and remain aware of traveling school buses as those buses will very soon hit the roads carrying a precious cargo.