Berkeley County School District

Empower All Students for Success

School Bus School bus transportation in Berkeley County is a shared responsibility of the State Department of Education (SDE) and the school district. This shared responsibility provides a transportation system that is safe, economical and efficient. The SDE furnishes and maintains the bus fleet and the school district recruits, trains and assigns bus drivers. Bus routes are developed by the district and approved by the SDE.

Most buses in Berkeley County School District provide service to three bus routes, one for each grade level (Middle, Elementary, and High). Some buses have multiple routes at the Elementary and High Schools and service a total of four routes. Students who live within 1 ½ miles of their school are not generally eligible for school bus transportation. The distance is normally measured from the edge of the property or driveway where the student lives to the nearest entry point of the school property.

School Bus stops cannot be placed closer together than two-tenths of a mile. School bus routes cannot be altered to add a bus stop or move a bus stop unless a student lives further than three-tenths of a mile from an existing stop.

Parents are responsible for student conduct and safety at bus stops until the bus arrives in the morning and after the bus departs in the afternoon. An excerpt from the SC Code of laws: "Section 59-67-415. Parents or guardians are responsible for the safety, conduct, and the timely arrival of their children to, from, and at the designated school bus stop before the arrival of the school bus for pick up and transport to school and the timely departure of the child after the school bus leaves the designated school bus stop after transporting the children from school. For purposes of this section, the phrase 'arrival of the school bus' includes the time that the school bus assigned to the school bus stop activates the required pedestrian safety devices, stops, and loads or unloads students until the school bus deactivates all pedestrian safety devices." 

Buses in Berkeley County School District are equipped with video cameras. School administrators may authorize parents to review tapes only in limited circumstances. All requests to review a tape must be made through school administrators; the transportation department cannot authorize any review. 

Bus transportation is provided only to residences and day care facilities. Bus stops will not be located at places of business. Click here to request bus transportation.  

Students who are eligible for transportation may be picked up and or dropped off at day care facilities located within the attendance zones for their school.

School closings and delays will be announced through the local news media.

Each student riding a school bus must complete a Bus Registration form and return a copy of the form to the bus driver.

Kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students who have not reached 6-years of age must be met at the bus stop by a designated adult. If no adult is at the bus stop to take charge of the student, the student will be returned to the school. For students 6 years or older, the requirement for a designated adult to meet the bus will be determined by the school administration.  Parents who want to allow students to be escorted home by an older sibling (without a designated adult present) or unescorted must provide an authorization letter to the school to be forwarded to transportation. Parents must also provide an authorization letter listing all persons who are authorized to accompany their child from the bus stop.

Parents desiring to discuss any issue with the bus driver must contact the local transportation office. School buses cannot be delayed during the route for parents to talk to the driver. Boarding a school bus without permission or interfering with the operation of the bus in any way is illegal and could result in prosecution. (SC Code 59- 67-245).  
 
Please click here to refer to BCSD Student Transportation Policy JGG. 

 

 
Please click here to refer to BCSD School Bus Conduct Policy JCDAD.

 

For additional information contact:

Wes Fleming - Director of Transportation 
P.O. Box 608                                                   
Moncks Corner, SC 29461                                 
843-899-8609                                                  
Email: flemingwes@bcsdschools.net                 

Cheryl Harnage - Transportation Administrative Assistant
P. O. Box 608
Moncks Corner, SC 29461
843-899-8697
Email: harnagec@bcsdschools.net
FAX 843-899-8723

Mark Hilton- Special Needs Transportation Supervisor
P. O. Box 608
Moncks Corner, SC 29461
843-899-8890
Email: HiltonM@bcsdschools.net
 Fax 843-899-5297

For bus driver training information contact:
June Fast - Transportation Training and Safety Supervisor
P. O. Box 608
Moncks Corner, SC 29461
843-899-8725
Email: june@bcsdschools.net
FAX 843-899-8723

CLOSE