Richmond schools begin; few problems reported

Richmond County schools went back into session Monday, and the school buses hauling thousands of students returned to the road.

Transportation Director Jimmie Wiley said that most routes had no delays this morning and that buses arrived at schools in time for breakfast.

“So far everything is going good,” Wiley said. “We had a few calls this morning, but nothing like what we experienced last year.”

The transportation department worked this summer to rectify route problems and late buses, which led to thousands of complaints on the first day last year.

Wiley said drivers practiced their routes earlier this month and staff was thoroughly trained on how to handle the first day’s expected chaos.

The preparation worked, he said.

“A high percentage of the routes were on time, but you always have the usual first-day things,” Wiley said. “We just ask parents to have their kids out (at bus stops) earlier. ... Make sure you get the kids out there five to 10 minutes ahead of time.”

Carol Rountree, the district’s director of student services, said the district’s executive directors were visiting schools all morning and did not find any major issues. She said students were learning the rules, getting back into familiar routines and getting ready for the school year.

“It appeared to be really very, very smooth,” Rountree said. “Even the new principals were walking through their schedules well. So far, so good.”

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