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Greene County Public School Districts:
Carmichaels School District — 724-966-5045
Central Greene School District — 724-627-8151
Jefferson Morgan School District — 724-883-2310
Southeast Greene School District — 724-943-4065
West Greene School District — 724-499-5183

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After passage of school district legislation in 1963 and 1965, the number of school districts diminished radically. Authorities, born as local units during the depression years of the 1930s, have proliferated at a phenomenal pace since then. Greene County is divided into five (5) area School Districts.

Greene County is divided into five (5) public school districts. Our goal for each of our School Districts is to provide a safe and drug-free environment while encouraging academic excellence and social responsibility in our students so that they may become knowledgeable, productive, and lifelong learners in a rapidly changing technological and multi-cultural society.

Transportation to School:
With five public school districts in Greene County, plus Waynesburg University, that adds up to alot of school children/students! We always need to be watchful for our children, but when school is in session, an extra special eye is necessary for our children/students. School bus safety is an important topic and school buses are the Safest Form of Highway Transportation to and from school. The most dangerous part of the school bus ride is getting on and off the school bus. The following school bus safety guidelines are lessons we all need to be familiar with and obey.

School Bus Safety Tips:
  • Walking to the Bus Stop:
    • Always walk on the sidewalk to the bus stop, never run. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left facing traffic.
    • Go to the bus stop about five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
    • While at the bus stop, wait quietly in a safe place well away from the road. Do not run and play while waiting.

  • Getting On and Off the Bus:
    • Enter the bus in line with younger students in front. Hold the handrail while going up and down the stairs.
    • When entering the bus, go directly to a seat. Remain seated and face forward during the entire ride.

  • Riding the Bus:
    • Always speak quietly on the bus so the driver will not be distracted.
    • Always be silent when a bus comes to a railroad crossing so the driver can hear if a train is coming.
    • Never throw things on the bus or out the windows.
    • Keep the aisles clear at all times. Feet should be directly in front of you on the floor and book bags should be kept on your lap.
    • Large instruments or sports equipment should not block the aisle or emergency exits.
    • And know where the emergency exit doors are from inside the bus.

  • Exiting the Bus:
    • If you leave something on the bus, never return to the bus to get it. The driver may not see you come back and she may begin moving the bus.
    • Make sure that drawstrings and other loose objects are secure before getting off the bus so that they do not get caught on the handrail or the door.
    • Respect the "Danger Zone" which surrounds all sides of the bus. The "Danger Zone" is 10-feet wide on ALL sides of the bus. ALWAYS remain 10 steps away from the bus to be out of the "Danger Zone" and where the driver can see you.
Back-to-School Driving Safety Information:

Parent's DO's and DON'Ts at School Bus Stops:
  • Getting Ready for School:
    • Have your children put everything they carry in a backpack or school bag so that they won´t drop things along the way.
    • Have them wear bright, contrasting colors so they will be more easily seen by drivers.
    • Make sure they leave home on time so they can walk to the bus stop and arrive before the bus is due. Running can be dangerous.

  • Walking to the Bus Stop:
    • Walk your young child to the bus stop and have older children walk in groups. There is safety in numbers; groups are easier for drivers to see.
    • Practice good pedestrian behavior: walk on the sidewalk, if there is no sidewalk, stay out of the street.
    • If you must walk in the street, walk single file, face traffic and stay as close to the edge of the road as you can.

  • Waiting at the Bus Stop:
    • Don´t let your child play running games or push and shove at the bus stop. It is dangerous near traffic.
    • Make sure your child stands at least 10 feet (5 giant steps) from the road while waiting for the bus. The child will then be out of the way of traffic. Have younger children practice taking 5 giant steps to become familiar with 10 feet.

  • Getting On and Off the Bus:
    • Warn children that, if they drop something, they should never pick it up. Instead, they should tell the driver and follow the driver´s instructions. If they bend over to pick up a dropped object, they might not be seen by the driver and could be hurt if the driver pulls away from the stop.
    • Remind children to look to the right before they step off the bus. Drivers in a hurry sometimes try to sneak by busses on the right.
    • Teach your children to secure loose drawstrings and other objects that may get caught in the handrail or door of the bus as they are exiting.

Don't Lose your Riding Privileges:
Follow these simple rules and you're usually keep your riding privileges:
  1. Bus driver is authorized to assign seats.
  2. Be courteous, No Profanity.
  3. Observe same conduct as in classroom.
  4. No eating or drinking on the bus.
  5. No smoking or tobacco of any kind on bus.
  6. Keep your head, hands and body inside bus.
  7. Everyone must be seated at all times.
  8. No standing, or jumping from seat to seat.
  9. You must keep bus clean at all times.
  10. No fighting or Wrestling will be tolerated.
After School Events:
During and after school sports and other events has become issues of concern for our children/student's health and safety. It is extremely important to drive responible and be consciously watchful of children crossing roadways to attend events. For safety and protection of our children, more school sports (elementary and middle school) are being moved to school property vs. public parks and ball fields, allowing for higher security and would fall under the guidelines of the school districts. Finally, when on school district properties, there are certain restrictions, such as those for smoking and weapons, to be followed. The school district safety and security policies are extremely important at all times for both children and adults.

For general information, please contact the Information Services
at 724-852-5399 / Toll Free: 1-888-852-5399
Greene County Office Building, 93 E. High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370

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