What to Know
- Drivers from Miami-Dade will hit the road for a dry run of the over 1,800 routes in both counties.
- An estimated 122,000 students travel on buses every day in both counties.
Parents and students, don’t be alarmed if you see school buses rolling through the streets of South Florida on Monday – you didn’t miss the first day of classes while enjoying the last moments of summer.
Drivers from Miami-Dade hit the road for a dry run of the over 1,000 routes that will begin in the coming days, while examining their buses as well as each stop along their route to make sure students will be safe.
An estimated 122,000 students travel on buses every day in both Miami-Dade and Broward counties, where an additional 820 routes take place.
"I’m excited, and I’m nervous, because the kids don’t know me, I don’t know them," said Elizabeth Gross, a 13-year veteran of driving buses in the county.
Classes begin in Broward County on Wednesday while students in Miami-Dade get a few extra days of summer as classes start next Monday, August 20th.
"Not only are the driver trained and the bus aides trained, but this year in light of recent tragedies they have gone through drills and training protocols," said Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.
Officials remind parents that traffic will be heavier in the coming days and to expect possible delays in the first days. You can track your child's bus with the Transportation Parent Hotline at 305-278-3530.