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Posted August 17, 2015

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Carrying Precious Cargo

APS bus drivers care for the students they take to and from school each day.

APS bus driver Georgia Duran carries “precious cargo” to and from school every day.

“Driving a bus is much more than just sitting down and going from school to bus stop,” said Duran, who has been a bus driver for five years. “I truly care for my students and it was so great to see my students back so I could check in on how they are doing.”

Duran is one of more than 120 bus drivers who now work for APS since the district took over routes for two private companies that got out of the local school bus business earlier this year. APS now operates 125 buses serving 62 school, about a third of the more than 400 buses that take APS students to and from school each day. The district continues to contract with 14 other bus companies.

Duran said she was offered several jobs with other school bus contractors but chose to work for APS because of the support and training, something she feels will benefit everyone, especially students, in the long run.

“You get a different child when they are on the bus, so it’s important that we connect with them to understand what they are going through,” Duran said.  “By just giving a smile to a student can change their day.”

She remembers conversations she had with one school senior who rode her bus last year. The student struggled with staying in school, but ended up graduating. Duran feels her encouragement helped play a role in that decision.

“That was one of my proudest moments on this job,” she said.

Hear from George Duran about her important job.

Who Can Ride the Bus?

  • Elementary school students whose home address is 1 mile or more from school
  • Middle school students whose home address is 1.5 miles or more from school
  • High school students whose home address is 2 or more miles from school
  • APS doesn’t provide school bus transportation for transfer students.

Who Should I Call? Bus 2

Is your child’s bus late? Not sure where to catch the bus? Do you have concerns about your child’s safety? Questions or complaints about service? Call the APS Student Transportation Office at 880-3989. During peak times, the office receives a high volume of calls. Thanks for your patience.

If this is an emergency (such as an accident, dangerous situation, missing child), call APS Police at 243-7712.

It helps to know your child’s bus number as well as the bus stop location.

Bus Riding Tips 

  • Arrive at the bus stop 10 minutes early.
  • Students will be picked up and dropped off only at their assigned stops.
  • Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop and the doors are opened before approaching the bus.
  • Only students assigned to a bus are allowed to ride it.
  • Middle and high school students are required to show their school identification cards upon request.
  • Use the handrail. Be careful no clothing or belongings get caught on the handrail.
  • Sit in assigned seats facing forward, feet on the floor, and speak in a normal tone of voice.
  • Follow the driver's directions.
  • The school bus will leave the school bus loading zone seven minutes after the bell rings in the afternoon.
  • Be careful in bus loading zones.
  • A school bus driver will not stop for students who have missed the bus once it is in motion.
  • No glass items, live animals, or dangerous objects will be transported on the school bus.
  • Musical instruments exceeding 40 inches in height will not be allowed on the bus.
  • Large items may not block the aisle or exits of the bus.
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