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General Transportation Information & Reminders

Parents are responsible for their child's safety to and from the bus stop. All students are asked to be at the bus stops ten minutes before the schedule pick-up times.

Stops are established in accordance with South Carolina State Department Rules and Regulations. Stops are placed up to one half mile from a child's home. No stops are scheduled within 1.5 miles of the school unless it is predetermined to be hazardous for walk-in students. Drivers are only allowed to make stops listed on the route sheets. Parents or students should not request drivers to pick-up or drop-off at unauthorized stops.

When requesting a pick-up for a special needs student, parents/guardians must go to the student's school to complete required paperwork. Transportation will not be provided to special needs students without the proper paperwork.

Bus Contact Information for the 2015-2016 Academic Year

If your child is not dropped off at his or her stop, or if you have any concerns about bus transportation, please follow these steps.

  1. Contact friends or family members who may have made
    alternative plans for your child but may have failed to communicate
    with you.
  2. Call your child’s school. School offices have full coverage that extends before and after the school day, and staff members are prepared to answer your call. The school will be able to communicate with the staff members on bus duty that day. If you do not get through or have further questions.
  3. Call your area’s “bus supervisor.” These are Durham School Services staff members who are on call to hear your concerns. Supervisors can quickly communicate with their drivers.
    • McClellanville Area (including Lincoln Middle High and St. James-Santee Elementary) including magnet and special education: (843) 928-3177
    • Laurel Hill Primary, Pinckney Elementary, and Wando High: (843) 388-6146
    • Cario Middle and all other East Cooper Schools including magnet and special education: (843) 216-6622/6621 or (843) 388-6146
    • Ladson, North Charleston, West Ashley, or downtown Charleston Schools including magnet and special education: (843) 745-7084 or (843) 745-7083
    • Johns Island Area (including Mt. Zion Elementary, Frierson Elementary, Haut Gap Middle, Angel Oak Elementary, and St. John’s High) including magnet and special education: (843) 559-4621
    • James Island Area (including Harbor View Elementary, Ft. Johnson Middle, Stiles Point Elementary, James Island Elementary, James Island Middle, James Island Charter High, and Murray-LaSaine Elementary) including magnet and special education: (843) 762-2778
    • Hollywood (including Baptist Hill Middle High, Ellington Elementary, Minnie Hughes Elementary, and Jane Edwards Elementary) including magnet and special education: (843) 889-3786
  4. Call the Durham Bus Services Company Call Center at (843) 725-3160. This number is covered from 5:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  5. Call the CCSD Transportation Office at (843) 566-8142

Bus Safety Information

When to Stop for a School Bus

Parents and others driving on South Carolina roads should be aware of state law that mandates that a motorist stop for a stopped school bus with flashing lights under these conditions:

  • if you are on a two-lane highway, travelling in either direction, you must stop;
  • if you are on a multi-lane highway traveling behind the bus, you must stop. If you are on a multi-lane highway and meet a stopped school bus heading toward you, you do not have to stop but should simply slow down and pass with caution.

The fine for passing a stopped school bus can be as much as $1,000 and up to 30 days in jail for a first offense.

Motorists must learn the “flashing signal light system” that school bus drivers use to alert motorists that they are going to stop to load or unload students:

  • Yellow flashing lights indicate the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.
  • Red flashing lights and extended stop arm indicate that the bus has stopped and that children are getting on or off.

Download this great poster to help you know when to stop for a school bus!

Contact Us

Contact Us with Questions About...

  • Route information
  • Requests for transportation related to partial magnet schools, No Child Left Behind choices, and special needs.
  • Durham Bus Services

Curtis Norman
Director, Transportation

Durham Bus Services