The Jackson R-2 Transportation Department traveled 4,674 miles and transported 3,074 students per day last school year.

We make over 1,700 bus stops per day and have over 750 combined years of service.

Our mechanics work hard each day making sure our buses are safe.  Our department has received 13 years of excellent fleet awards.  Nine of these awards were 100%, the others were in the 98% range.

School Bus Stops                                                                                   

What is the most dangerous part of the school bus ride?  The bus stop!

Children are at greatest risk when they are getting on or off the school bus.  Most of the children killed in bus-related crashes are pedestrians, five to seven years old, who are getting on or off the bus.  They are hit by the school bus or by motorists illegally passing a stopped bus.

In neighborhoods, near schools, and at bus stops, drivers need to take special care because children do not behave like adults

Elementary school children:

  • Become easily distracted and may start across the street without warning
  • Don't understand the danger of moving vehicles
  • Can't judge vehicle speed or distance
  • May be blocked from biew by the bus

Most importantly, children expect vehicles to stop for them at the school bus stop.

Standard school bus stop laws:

  • Motorists coming to a school bus must stop when the bus displays flashing red warning lights and extends the stop signal arm.  These signals show that children are getting on or off the school bus.
  • Vehicles may not pass until the flashing red lights and signals are turned off.
  • Drivers traveling in the same direction as the bus are always required to stop.
  • Drivers moving in the opposite direction on a divided roadway are not required to stop.
  • Never pass on the right side of the bus, where children enter or exit.  This is illegal and can have tragic results.


If you have any questions, please contact:  Carol Woods, Transportation Director at 243-9507.


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