VANCEBORO, N.C. (WNCT) – The Craven County Schools system is cracking down on a child bus safety policy this year.
Students in kindergarten through second grade must be picked up by a parent or guardian at the bus stop.
Parents may fill out a form for another family member or babysitter to pick them up if parents aren’t available.
If a child is never picked up, bus drivers are trained to keep them on the bus and return to school where they will wait with the principal.
Superintendent Meghan Doyle said this is to ensure optimal safety for the young students, “To make sure our children are safe. That they are with an adult that’s going to supervise them and ensures that our parents can trust us that we are gonna keep their children safe. Not just when they are in school but also when they are on the bus on the way home.”
Also in Craven County, the old $20 technology fee is now gone. It was used to pay for repairs and hardware for computers and laptops students use on a daily basis.
The school system eliminated the fee because many parents couldn’t afford it.
Doyle said they will use other resources to make up for the loss of funds.