Walton County School District transports students a little over one million miles each year which is about 40 times around the world.
Other Interesting Transportation Facts:
Walton County School District transports approximately 4,800 students to and from school daily, covering 6,000 miles.
The Walton County School District transports the DeFuniak Springs student population the equivalent miles to Seattle, Washington and back each day.
The Walton County School District employs 95 committed drivers and runs 91 routes countywide.
Fuel cost averages $500,000.00 each year burning 1200 gallons of diesel fuel each day.
A bus driver’s day begins as early as 6:00 a.m. and ends around 4:30 p.m.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, American students are nearly eight times safer riding in a school bus than with their own parents and guardians in cars.
At the bus stop:
Students and parents are responsible for safety and proper student behavior going to and from the stop, and while waiting for the bus.
Students must stand off the roadway while waiting.
Students must respect other people’s property.
Students must not push, shove, or engage in horseplay.
Parents should supervise children at the stop.
Students must arrive at the bus stop at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled pickup time.
Students must wait for and get off the bus only at the approved stop locations.
During loading and unloading:
Always stay away from the 12 foot “danger zone” around the bus, except when you are directed by the driver to get on or off the bus.
Never pick up an object that you drop under or near the bus. Ask the driver for help.
Always be sure the driver can see you.
Make sure clothing and backpacks have no loose drawstrings or long straps that could catch in the handrail or bus door.
When you see the bus coming, stand at the stop and wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before approaching the bus.
Always wait for the driver to signal that it is safe to cross the road and/or load into the bus.
When crossing a traffic lane, always look left, right, then left again; crossing only if approaching traffic has stopped.
Never walk behind the bus.
Only board your assigned bus, unless other arrangements are approved by your school.
During the bus ride:
Always follow the driver’s directions.
Never distract the driver from driving unless there is immediate danger to you or others.
Always remain seated and keep the aisles clear.
Always remember eating, drinking, and chewing gum are prohibited.
Always remember use of electronic devices are prohibited (cell phones, mp3 players, video games, etc…).
Never bring unsafe or unauthorized items into the bus (glass items, sharp objects or aerosols).
Always wear your seat belt when one is available.
Always keep your arms, legs, and head inside the bus.
Always show respect for your fellow students.
Always keep conversation and noise at a reasonable level and remain quiet at railroad crossings. The Student Code of Conduct applies in the bus as well as in the classroom.