Statewide bus transportation is available to all students enrolled in the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind.
Many students can be served by the school’s daily bus program. Qualifying students are eligible for daily transportation to and from the campus. Spartanburg County students are bused to and from their homes each day. In surrounding counties, parents bring students to a designated location near their homes in the morning and pick the students up at the same location in the afternoon.
Parents are required to stay with their children until the bus arrives in the morning and to be waiting for their children when the bus arrives in the afternoon.
Students who live beyond the area served by the school’s daily bus program are eligible for weekly transportation to and from the school. Students are picked up at a designated location near their homes on Sunday afternoon and transported to the Spartanburg campus, where they live in residence halls during the week. On Friday afternoon, residential students are returned to the same designated location in their home communities.
Parents are required to stay with their children until the bus arrives on Sunday and to be waiting for their children when the bus arrives on Friday.
Students are provided with snacks, water and rest room breaks on weekend travel.Luggage
Students who stay on campus during the week are provided with a duffel bag to transport their clothes and personal items. Weekly and daily bus riders may bring book bags on the buses.
Each bus has a driver and an attendant who are skilled in assisting and communicating with special needs children.Drivers
All bus drivers are certified to drive a bus through the SC Department of Education and are tested annually to refresh their knowledge of school bus driving regulations. Bus drivers receive behind-the wheel training every two years and must pass a physical performance test. They are trained in CPR/First Aid as well as the use of diastat and epi-pens for seizures and allergies. Bus drivers also participate in a sign language class each semester and ten hours of training each year on the policies and procedures of the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind.Attendants
Bus attendants are trained in CPR/First Aid and the use of diastat and epi-pens. Bus attendants also participate in a sign language class each semester and complete six hours of training each year to refresh their understanding of the school’s policies and procedures.AccessibilityAll buses are air conditioned and have interior insulation for noise control. Buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts and assistive devices that suit individual needs. Safety vests are provided to younger students and students whose physical limitations require assistance.Safety
To ensure that students are transported safely to and from home, parents are informed of special bus rules and regulations when students are enrolled.
Emergency evacuation drills are conducted twice a year to ensure that all students are taught how to safely evacuate in case of an emergency.FoodSnacks and water are provided by the school during weekend travel.Medicine
Any medicine that is transported to and from SCSDB must be given to the bus attendant and signed for by the parent/guardian on our tracking sheets. Medicine must be in prescription containers with the student’s name and should never be in a student’s duffel bag or book bag. All medicine will be turned over to the school’s Health Center and distributed appropriately by nurses. In an emergency situation (such as a seizure), the bus staff will administer medication.
Student medical information is kept on the bus for emergency purposes only. All medical information about your child is protected information and will only be made available to authorized personnel.Behavior
Video and audio surveillance is used on all buses to ensure good behavior.
Hazardous Weather Delays
Announcements regarding bus schedules due to hazardous weather are available through the following:
SC School for the Deaf and the Blind Website
SC School for the Deaf and the Blind Telephone Information Lines
Long Distance: 1-864-577-7654
When possible, weather information is also shared by automated phone calls to parents.
We invite you to call or visit to learn more about transportation services at the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind. For more information, please contact:Robert WardDirector, TransportationToll-free: 1-888-447-2732Direct: 864-577-7700Email: email@example.com