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The First Step of a Successful School Day is getting Kids to and from School Safely

North Carolina Rules on Stopping for a School Bus

It is back to school time here in North Carolina. Anxious children are out early in the morning waiting on their buses, and they are eager to get home in the afternoon to report about their day at school. While we all learned the rules when we received our drivers’ licenses about when to stop for a school bus (at least, let’s hope we learned those rules), a refresher around this time of year is always a good idea. You want to make sure you stop when it’s required as penalties for not stopping for a school bus are harsh. Further, not stopping could lead to a serious accident with devastating consequences. So, here are the rules complete with pictures for our visual learners.


1. On a two lane road;

2. On a two lane road with a center turn lane; and

3. On a four lane road without a median.


1. Divided highway with 4 lanes or more with median separation; and

2. Roadway of four lanes or more with center turning lane.

To summarize, if you are on a two lane road and a bus puts on its blinking red lights and puts out the stop sign, STOP. It doesn’t matter what side of traffic you are on, you have to stop. If you are on a four lane road, and you are behind the bus, you have to stop regardless of whether there is a median or turn lane when the bus puts on the flashing lights and puts out its stop sign. However, you only stop on a four lane road in the opposite direction of the bus if there is no median or turn lane.

If you are more of a visual learner, these pictures with the rules may help you to remember. To learn more about school bus safety and rules, you can visit Here are examples for when traffic in both directions MUST stop when a school bus stops for passengers:

Two-lane roadwayTwo-lane roadway with a center turning lane
Four-lane roadway without a median separation

And here are examples for when only traffic following the bus must stop when a school bus stops for passengers:

Divided highway of four lanesRoadway of four lanes or more with a center turning lane

Unfortunately, despite the harsh rules for offenders who do not stop for school buses, accidents still happen. It is important that parents and teachers remind students to use caution at school bus stops. Just because a car is supposed to stop for passengers does not mean that it will. It is also helpful to put children in clothes that can be seen especially if they are out before the sun comes up. And motorist, please SLOW DOWN. Anytime you see a school bus, particularly if it is stopped, there are children around. It takes just a few extra seconds to make sure those kids make it to school and back home safely. Familiarize yourself with the rules and know when to stop. Also pay particular attention in school zones and slow down to the maximum posted speed. Slowing down and staying alert when school buses are around and in school zones saves lives and prevents avoidable injuries.


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Surplus Vehicle Sale


Alleghany County Schools is offering For Sale Surplus Vehicles. All Vehicles are Sold As-Is-Where-Is No Warranty or Guarantee. Anyone interested must submit a Sealed Bid with a Name, Address and good Contact Phone Number. Vehicles may be inspected at Alleghany County Schools Transportation at 139 Roe Street Sparta N.C. 28675. All Bids must be received by 5:00 PM March 1, 2018. Once the winning Bidder has been contacted, the vehicle must be Paid for and removed within 15 days. Payment must be in the form of Cash or Cashier Check made out to Alleghany County Board of Education. You may pick up a Sealed Bid Form at 139 Roe Street Sparta N.C.  or call 336-372-8594.


  • Vehicle #8102 1986 Ford B700 54 Passenger Activity Bus 8.2 L Detroit Diesel Engine Allison AT545 Automatic Transmission, Air Brakes, 114,476 Actual Miles. White in Color, Runs & Drives, Some Body Rust, Minimum Bid $750.00
  • Vehicle #8106 1998 Ford E-350 10 Passenger Activity Bus with Wheel Chair Lift 5.4L Gas Engine Automatic Transmission. Runs good  80,532 Miles White in Color Some Body Corrosion  Minimum Bid $2000.00 
  • Vehicle #8808 1997 Ford Crown Vic 4.6L Gas Engine Automatic Transmission Grey in Color. Runs and is Road worthy. High Miles 238,957. ABS & Air Bag Light on, Headliner falling down, windshield cracked Paint Peeling. Minimum Bid $350.00



 Sealed Bids need to be mailed to Sealed Bid C/O Alleghany County Schools Transportation 139 Roe Street Sparta N.C. 28675. Questions or comments please call 336-372-8594 6:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.

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School Bus Drivers      Training Class
  If you are interested in Driving an Activity Bus or Yellow School Bus, please call the Alleghany County Schools Transportation Department at 336-372-8594. There is no class scheduled at this time.