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VI. School-bus routes

The owner and driver of a school bus should be thoroughly familiar with the area. When route layouts are considered, the driver should help make recommendations to the school board, parents and, where applicable, the vehicle owner. A well-planned route can be the safest. Information on the route should be available to everyone affected by the service.

Consider these factors when laying out routes and planning schedules:

  • Age, health and physical condition of the passengers
  • Condition of the roads to be travelled
  • School schedule
  • Distances between homes and school
  • Distances between homes and routes
  • Safety of walking routes between homes and routes
  • Number and size of available buses
  • Number of passengers to be served
  • Size of area
  • Location of bus stops
  • Seasonal conditions (such as snow banks)
  • Location of safe turnaround points