Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Andalusia’s bus routes ended earlier than ever yesterday, thanks to new routes designed for this new school year.

“It went better than ever except for the mistakes that we had where kids got on the wrong bus,” district administrator Brook Blair said late Monday.

The school system transports more than 800 children each day.

One key is helping elementary students learn which bus to ride. When educators began putting students on the bus at Andalusia Elementary, they had kindergarten students make human “trains,” moving through the halls with their hands on the shoulders of the person in front of them.

In the school’s “town square,” educators held large signs with messages like “blue dot” to help organize students for the correct buses.

Blair said some children were confused because they thought they should ride the same bus as last year.

The new system has designated bus stops in each neighborhood, rather than stops at each home.