One of the last things a DeKalb County Schools bus driver is asked to do before he or she leaves their bus is to “walk the bus.” That means they walk from the front to the back, checking each seat to ensure no child has fallen asleep or is hiding. A child alone on a bus is a tragedy waiting to happen, especially in extremely hot or extremely cold weather when a child’s life can be threatened by temperature extremes.
When a driver walks the bus, they put a sticker on the rear window that says Bus Empty. This is to signify that the driver has ensured that the bus is empty, and that no children are on the bus. If you see one of our buses parked without the Bus Empty sticker in the rear window, you are asked to contact Transportation at 678.676.1333 and report the bus number and its location. Transportation staff will be sent to the bus to ensure it is empty.