Last Updated: 7/26/2021 12:08 PM

District Purpose/Mission:  To graduate college and career ready students
District Direction/Vision:  Learning Today-Leading Tomorrow! 
School bus



Phillip Bakon, Director


The mission of the Transportation Department is to provide safe, reliable and professional services for our students. 

Bus Stop Safety
Safety at the bus stop is an integral part of your students ride to school and back home. In the 2009-2010 & 2010-2011 school years Georgia had seven (7) fatalities, five (5) serious injuries, and four (4) near misses when students were getting on and off the school bus. With this in mind the Georgia Department of Education has developed a structured curriculum that will be taught at the K-8 level. A link is provided below that gives an overview of this curriculum. Please feel free to read and share with your children as this will assist us in the education on Bus Stop Safety. 

GA Dept of Education - Safety Curriculum & School Bus Safety


  • Parents are responsible for the safety and supervision of their
    children from the time the children leave home in the morning
    until they board the bus, and at the end of the day from the
    time their children depart the bus until they arrive home.

  • Insure that your child arrives at the designated bus stop 5-10
    minutes before the bus arrives

  • Talk about bus safety with your child.


  • Be early! Arrive at least five minutes ahead of time.
  • Wait for the bus in an orderly manner.
  • Wait for the driver's signal before crossing the street.
  • Cross the street at least ten feet in front of the bus.
  • Never walk behind or crawl under a school bus.
  • Never go back to the bus for anything you may have
    dropped or left behind.
  • Never run to or from the bus.
  • Put electronic devices away while loading and unloading
  • Remove or secure drawstrings, straps, and the like, or
    any piece of clothing or accessory (book bag, etc.) that
    could get caught in the bus door or hand rails.
  • Always obey the driver.
  • Stay in your seat.
  • Keep your hands, arms, and head inside the bus.


  • Be on the look out for children. They can appear suddenly
    and without notice out from behind stopped school buses.

  • Please obey the posted speed limit in school zones.
    Children may be present in the area at any time, but are
    especially present when the lights on the school zone
    sign are flashing.

  • When the yellow warning lights on the bus flash, this
    lets motorists know that the bus will be stopping to
    load or unload students. Please slow down and
    prepare to stop instead of speeding up to pass the bus.

Services provided by Durham School Services 

Durham Transportation Contacts:
Tiffany Lopez, Dispatcher:
Phone numbers
(478) 825-0601Telephone symbol
(478) 825-0605Telephone symbol
(478) 825-0608Telephone symbol

Peach County School District Contacts:
Keisha Baldwin, Administrative Assistant of Transportation


Ben Maddox, Director of Operations
1088 Tulip Drive
Fort Valley, Georgia 31030
(478) 825-5933Telephone symbol ext. 1608