• Prepare Your Student

  • As a parent or caregiver, your child's academic achievement depends on your role in preparing your child for school.  You can ensure your childs success in learning and life by getting involved early in your child's education.  Communication between you and your child is crucial.  Your connections to the school and his or her friends will help your child adjust to school.  Here are some ideas to help prepare your child for the upcoming year:

    • Explore the district web site for information about the district and individual schools.
    • Talk to your child about school and learn about their expectations.  Ask them what they think they will like about school.
    • Purchase school clothes, crayons and pencils well before the start of school and let your child be part of this experience.
    • Be aware that your attitude towards school has an impact on your child.  Children will be positive and cheerful if they see that you are that way.
  • Student Transportation

    Providing safe, dependable transportation continues to be a high priority for Highland County Public Schools.  In addition to transporting students to and from school, school busses and vehicles extend the classroom by permitting students to take field trips and giving them the opportunity to compete in academic, athletic, and other extracurricular events away from their home campuses. 

    At Highland County, we take transportation safety very seriously. The following regulations are designed to promote safety in transporting students to and from school, and each student must abide by such regulations:
    1. When students walk to a designated bus stop, they will walk on the left side of the highway facing traffic.
    2. Students will remain at the designated bus stop, on the shoulder of the road, on the right-hand side, out of the line of traffic, until the bus arrives, and will refrain from playing in the traffic lanes.
    3. Students will avoid crossing, pushing, and otherwise disturbing others when entering the bus.
    4. Students are under the authority and direction of the driver of the bus while they are passengers on the bus. Students will accept the authority of the driver.
    5. Students and their parents or guardians are directly responsible for the damage done carelessly and maliciously to seats and other school bus equipment.
    6. Each student who rides a school bus has the personal responsibility to keep the bus clean, sanitary, and orderly.
    7. Loud, rude, or crude conduct on the part of the students while being transported will not be allowed.
    8. Students will not initiate fighting on the bus.
    9. When a bus approaches a designated stop, the students to be discharged will remain seated until the bus comes to a stop. When a student must cross the left side of the highway upon leaving the bus, he/she will cross ten (10) feet in front of the bus at the driver's signal.
    10. Students will refrain from talking to the bus driver while the bus is in motion.
    11. Students will not be permitted to leave the bus until they have reached their destination. Exceptions will be made at the request of parents or guardians, in writing, and with the approval of the principal.
    12. Students will not be permitted to ride a bus other than the one to which they are assigned to any destination other than their regular destination. Exceptions will be made at the request of parents or guardians, in writing, and with the approval of the principal.
    13. Smoking or possession of any tobacco products will not be permitted on school buses by anyone while students are being transported.
    14. Students will not be allowed to bring bottles, cans, toys, sharp instruments, candy, food, and/or any other unnecessary items with them onto the school bus. Exceptions are made for extracurricular and field trips at the discretion of the coach or teacher.
    15. Students are not to stand at anytime.
    16. Students will never use the emergency door of the bus unless told to do so by the driver or in case of emergency when the front door cannot be used.