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Drivers expect first day of school delays

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The first day of classes for students and teachers in Horry County Schools is finally here!

The Horry County School District transports almost 20,000 kids every day during the school year. It's a huge task to smooth out, so Horry County Schools Transportation Director Jim Wright advises parents to be prepared for a 30 to 45 minute bus delay in the afternoon on the first day of school and for most of the first week.

The reason for the delay is because the 320 buses the district uses are double-routed. First bus drivers will take care of the biggest group of students - elementary school kids. This can take a while because the bus driver has to check each child to make sure they are on the right bus, and going to the right place. Then they loop around and pick up middle and high school students.

Wright says this process is necessary for your child's safety.

"We can't lose kids," said Wright. "We cannot lose kids. All that we do I know it's frustrating to some of the parents, and makes them call call call. It's to protect the children. That's what we're trying to do."

Parents should be prepared for the delay for the first couple of days of school. As for all the drivers, it's now officially time to pay attention to school zones. This means slow down in areas near schools, and expect some traffic tie-ups.

For more information on bus routes, go to this link: http://www.wmbfnews.com/category/144223/back-to-school and scroll down about half way down the page. Look for link titled "Horry County Back to School."

If you have questions or concerns about the bus route, pick-up time, or other safety issues call the Transportation Supervisor in your local attendance area.

Aynor Attendance Area:  488-7125
Carolina Forest Attendance Area: 236-0705
Conway Attendance Area: 488-6094
Green Sea Floyds Attendance Area:  392-3134 
Loris Attendance Area:  390-6822
Myrtle Beach Attendance Area:  445-2041 
North Myrtle Beach Attendance Area:  399-8575                   
Socastee /St. James Attendance Area:  293-6941
Special Needs:  488-6956

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