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A nearly $1000 innovation grant from the Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education is helping fund a new literacy program at Portal Elementary. Literacy Backpacks will support the school's goal of increasing student reading levels and providie home reading resources for families. The school launched the new initiative Feb. 9, during Portal Elementary's Family Literacy Night.


PES's  Reading Intervention Specialist Betsy Mallard wrote the grant to help support the school’s goal of increasing reading skills.

Mallard’s vision is to help provide literacy support for families by providing children with a literacy backpack. Children take the backpacks home, enjoy the reading resources and then return them and replace them with another backpack.


The backpacks include grade-appropriate books and directions in English and Spanish if needed. The resources allow parents to work with their children at home.  The grant is allowing Mallard to initially serve 45 students in kindergarten – second grade. The backpacks include these children’s books: Angela’s Airplanes; Arthur Meets the President; D.W.’s Library Card; Duck, Duck Goose; Froggy Gets Dressed; Is Your Mama a Llama; Click, Clack, Splash; and The Stray Dog.

IMG_1190.JPGOn Monday morning, Feb. 8, at approximately 6:10 a.m., Bulloch County Schools Bus #024 was hit from behind by an 18-wheel semi truck. Fortunately, there were no children on board the bus at the time of the accident. 
In accordance with state law, the bus was conducting a mandatory stop at a railroad crossing on Veterans Memorial Highway, near the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 301 South.   
The bus driver had activated the bus's flashing amber lights, and was opening the door and window to listen and look for a train, when the rear impact occurred.  It is Georgia law that school buses must stop, activate the amber lights and open the door and window  to look and listen for trains before traveling over railroad tracks. This is standard protocol whether their are children on the bus or not.
The impact caused the bus to be pushed more than 100 yards before coming to rest in the middle of the grass median. Law enforcement  and first responders arrived quickly to the scene. The Bulloch County Schools' bus driver was transported to East Georgia Regional Medical Center and is reported to be in stable condition.
Bus #024 serves Langston Chapel Elementary and Langston Chapel Middle School. The Transportation Department dispatched an alternate bus to serve Bus #024's route, pick up the children and get them to school on time.
Each day, Bulloch County Schools' bus drivers travel more than 6,000 miles to transport more than 5,000 children to and from school.  In addition to their more than 100 school bus routes, they also travel an additional 52,000 miles annually for field trips and athletic events.  Combined, BCS drivers travel more than 1.1 million miles per year.
As you travel, the Governor's Office of Highway Safety and all school systems urge you to remember that stop means stop.  Georgia has one of the highest rates of child injuries and fatalities due to vehicles improperly passing stopped school buses.  In Bulloch County alone, our drivers have reported up to 60 vehicle violations in one day.  Please help us keep children safe. When you see a bus's stop sign extended and its lights flashing, stop.  If you're in doubt as to whether you should stop, always stop.

2015-04-12 16.43.00.jpgAll of Bulloch County Schools' campuses will be open Thursday and Friday (Feb. 4-5).  We will remain in consultation with the Bulloch County Emergency Management Agency as they monitor weather and road conditions and how they may affect our school system.


Of our more than 10,300 students and 100 bus routes, very few are affected by road closures and conditions. Our transportation department is contacting the few families whose bus transportation will be temporarily interrupted.  


If necessary, our schools will work with any families who may live in the confirmed, isolated areas that received heavier damage. We encourage parents to caution their student drivers to drive slowly and leave plenty of time and space for breaking. Parents may also want to evaluate if their student drivers have adequate experience with driving in wet conditions, and if not, parents may want to provide transportation for them tomorrow.


This is the current list of road closures from Bulloch EMA:

Jerusalem Church (JW lane to Stilson Leefield)
JW Lane (Jerusalem Church to Cliff Knight)
Golf Club Road @Bridge (Burkhalter Rd)
Zettwell Rd (Clito to Spring Creek)
Jim Waters Rd (Clifton to Harville)
John Proctor Rd (Langston Chapel to Lanier Dr)
Railroad Bed Rd (Robertson to Arcola)


Never drive through water over a road as it takes only several inches of water to disable some vehicles.