Guilford County Schools Students To Use City Buses Instead Of School Buses: Here’s How It Will Work In Greensboro, High Point

GREENSBORO, North Carolina (WGHP) – Students at Guilford County schools in some schools will switch from traditional yellow buses to city buses starting Monday as the district grapples with a growing shortage of bus drivers.

GCS Superintendent Sharon Contreras said on Friday the school district has reached an agreement with Greensboro Transit and High Point Transit to provide free service to these students.

High school students in the Greensboro and High Point areas will use city buses for at least two weeks. For high school students in the county where there are no city buses, the yellow buses will continue to pick up and drop off students.

The yellow buses will also continue to support primary and secondary school students.

She said parents will receive information on how to access the bus routes, and she encouraged any parents who may be able to drive their children to school there.

The following high schools will be affected by this change:

See the High Point Transit System website for more information.

SCHOOL ROAD LOCATION OF THE BUS STOP
Central High Point High School 14 Chestnut / Carr Street
Andrews High School 13 McGuinn Dr / Andrews High School

Business hours

  • Monday to Friday: 5.45 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

How can I find my bus route and / or High Point Transit bus stop?

You can find the route and stop of your nearest High Point Transit bus using one of the following options:

Google Maps and the Transloc Rider app are both able to tell you what time you need to arrive at the bus stop. The Transloc Rider app can also show you where the bus is.

See the Greensboro Transit Authority’s Welcome GCS High School Students guide for more information.

SCHOOL ROAD LOCATION OF THE BUS STOP
Grimsley High School 8 Wendover / Seminole
Smith High School 11 City Gate / Holden
Smith’s Academy 11 City Gate / Holden
Dudley High School 4 Door City / Lincoln
High School page 3 Church / 14th

Business hours

  • Monday to Friday: 5.15 a.m. to 11.30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

How can I find my bus route and / or my GTA bus stop?

You can find the route and stop of your nearest GTA bus using one of the following options:

Google Maps and the Transloc Rider app are both able to tell you what time you need to arrive at the bus stop. The Transloc Rider app can also show you where the bus is.

Shuttles to Grimsley High School

Grimsley High School has announced that the school will provide its students with four shuttles starting Monday to help meet the challenge. Students will be picked up at the Hampton Homes Warnersville Center, Montrose Apartment – Planet Fitness Parking Lot, New Zion Missionary Baptist Church (Dust Bowl), and Gillespie Golf Range parking lot. The pick-up time will be at 8:30 a.m. and buses will leave Grimsley to return students at 4:30 p.m.

“Many thanks to Coach Brown, Coach Tripp, Coach Peoples, Ms. Moore and athletic director Albright for volunteering to drive the buses,” said Grimsley High School. “A special thank you to our team of advisors for volunteering to lead the bus lines. I realize this is not a perfect solution, however, it is a start. We will monitor and adjust the plan as needed. “

Talks underway for possible shuttles to Dudley High School

Sharon Hightower, a member of Greensboro City Council, said she was working with school, community and church leaders to set up a shuttle program for students at the school Dudley secondary. As of Sunday afternoon, this concept was still under discussion and was not formally implemented.

Weaver Academy will use yellow buses, not city buses

Despite early reports from GCS that the Weaver Academy should be included, Principal Johncarlos Miller announced on Sunday that the Weaver Academy will use traditional school transportation and not use city buses.

Driving a transit bus is slightly different from a yellow school bus. Here are some tips from the Greensboro Transit Authority:

  • Oncoming traffic is not have to stop for a public transport bus. Be careful when crossing the streets.
  • When you board the bus, present your Student One Card at the cash desk to confirm your student status.
  • Face coverings are required by federal law on all buses and transit properties. Wear it properly, covering your mouth and nose.
  • Get on the front door of the bus and leave through the back doors for faster service.
  • The bus will only stop when the operator sees someone waiting to board or someone has announced their wish to get off the bus by pulling the yellow stop request cord above the windows.
  • The destination signs on the front of all buses contain the following useful information: route number, route name and designation of arrival (to city center) or exit (to city center). If you board the bus in the wrong direction, no worries. Eventually the bus will turn around and follow the same route back. If you are not sure, just ask the bus operator.
  • Any food or drink brought on the bus must be in closed containers and cannot be consumed on the bus.
  • Like regular users, students are subject to a policy of disruptive behavior imposed by the operator and on-board cameras / microphones. Any violation will be reported to Guilford County Schools and may result in suspension from use of bus services.

GCS, like most school districts, is challenged to fill its bus lines with available drivers, and this has been compounded by absences caused by the recent increase in cases of omicron variants of COVID-19.

This shortage has forced GCS to delay the start of the junior high school by one hour and high schools and colleges by 90 minutes. Parents were able to drop off students at their regular hours with teachers in class.

“We saw firsthand this morning how the increase in COVID-19 cases in our community could affect getting students to school in a timely manner,” Contreras said.

She said absences and on-going vacations left about a third of bus routes without drivers available.

All Triad school districts have reported driver openings and other vacancies created by the effects of COVID-19. Substitute teachers are also needed.

In Wake County, parents of thousands of students have been forced to drop them off at schools due to an insufficient number of bus drivers.

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