Transportation

Alvin Merritt
Transportation Director

52 Yellow Jacket Drive
Hazlehurst, GA 31539

Phone: 912-699-7010
alvin.merritt@jeff-davis.k12.ga.us  

Jeff Davis County Transportation Dept. Mission, Goals and Purpose

The mission of the Jeff Davis County Schools Transportation Department is to assist students with the opportunity to achieve their academic goals by ensuring that they have appropriate and necessary transportation. Our role is to transport them safely, on time in an orderly manner to and from school including extra-curricular activities. School bus safety is a reality when everyone involved takes an active role in educating themselves and our students. Teachers, parents, administrators, transportation personnel, and roadside companions all play an important part in keeping our children safe while on or around the school bus.

Every day, the transportation department transports students to and from all schools within our system. All of our drivers hold commercial driver's licenses with all required endorsements. They are certified and meet all requirements set by federal, state and local guidelines. Safety meeting are held quarterly, with attendance required of all regular and substitute drivers as well as coaches and certified teachers with a CDL license. Two certified technicians service an inspect all buses monthly. All buses undergo a mandatory inspection by the department of Motor Vehicle Safety in December.

Advisory Motto
My habits are determined by my attitude towards something. My beliefs drive my actions and are a direct result of what I experience continuously. Therefore, my expectations will all be high for myself and others. I choose to see the best in every situation.


Bus Safety Practices
  • Ensure your child is at the bus stop at least five (5) minutes earlier than the scheduled pick-up time. 
  • Parents are responsible for the supervision of their child(ren) at the bus stop.  The school's responsibility begins when students board the bus.
  • Loading and unloading the bus students never run behind the bus/ Never chase the bus on foot or by car.
  • Students must remain quiet enough not to distract the driver.  Cell phones cannot be used to take pictures or be used as a distraction to the driver.
  • Students must remain seated while the bus is in motion.
  • Students are to be seated with feet on the floor and book bags in their lap.  Students must keep hands and feet to themselves.
  • Students must not throw objects in the bus nor out the window.
  • Students must not extend arms, head, or other parts of the body out the windows.
  • Students must not destroy school property.
  • Students must remain absolutely quiet at railroad grade crossings.
  • Students must not eat or drink on the bus for their safety and the safety of other students water only.
  • Students cannot share food are drinks because of pandemic.
  • Students must not use or possess tobacco, alcohol, drugs, or weapons.
  • Students must not use obscene language or gestures.
  • Students must follow all instructions given by the driver. 

School Bus Student Rules
(Failure to follow Bus Rules will result in Discipline Referral)
1. Follow drivers directions.
2. Students must stay in their seat and out of aisle at all times.
3. Students must clean up after themselves.
4. Students must keep hands and feet inside the bus. Never throw items out or inside the bus.
5. The bus is a part of the school; use your best school behavior.
6. Be respectful of the driver and other bus riders.
7. Keep hands to yourself.

Bus Discipline Plan
1st Offense –Driver Student Conference & Parent Contacted by Courtesy Notice. If the notice is not turned in by two days the parents will receive a call from the driver or Transportation Dept.  Student will be placed on probation and re-assigned to the front of bus for one week.
2nd Offense –Write up Administrative warning from Principal.
3rd Offense –Referral submitted, and 1-2 days Bus Suspension.
4th Offense –Referral submitted, 3-4 days Bus Suspension.
5th Offense –Referral submitted, 5 days Suspension.
6th Offense - Transportation Director recommends Bus Suspension for the remainder of the semester or year.

Administrators reserve the right to determine suspensions based on student offense.

Our Administrators will evaluate serious offenses. In the evaluation, grade level will be considered. 
This does not apply to serious offenses such as fighting, cussing, throwing objects, etc. These type of offenses will always result in some type of suspension. 
During the term of suspension, students are not permitted to ride any Jeff Davis County School Bus. Any major incidents may result in permanent suspension from Jeff Davis School Buses.

It is our pleasure to provide your school transportation!
Please remember that riding a school bus is a privilege, not a right.