Approximately 27,500 students are enrolled in Carroll County Public Schools this year and nearly 26,500 of these students will be riding the familiar yellow school bus.
To handle the growing population, the Transportation Services Department of the Carroll County Board of Education continuously reroutes buses. Over 360 buses will travel over 5.3 million miles to provide school transportation this year. Each of these buses has had a thorough inspection during the summer months to ensure safe and reliable service. In addition, the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, in cooperation with the Transportation Services Department, conducts three additional comprehensive inspections during the school year.
Drivers on all public school buses are thoroughly trained and qualified individuals. During each school year, bus drivers must participate in in-service training programs to improve driving skills and improve pupil behavior management. New drivers complete a detailed, comprehensive program including individualized on-road training. All drivers are evaluated by an observation on a regular basis. All drivers are subject to pre-employment drug testing, pre-employment criminal background checks, random drug and alcohol testing, post accident drug and alcohol testing as well as reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing. School bus drivers must also have a satisfactory MVA driving record history.