We recently discussed about other ways we use school buses other than taking students back and forth to school. This week with Hurricane Matthew approaching the eastern coast, Greenville, SC, Public School District sent 280 school buses to the coastal area to help with the evacuation of 1.1 million residents before the effects of the hurricane are felt. These buses were sent to assist those who did not have transportation to move away from the area. By Thursday a good number of these buses had been used to move nursing home residents and hospital patients to other facilities. More had brought residents to upstate SC to evacuation centers that had been set up to house evacuees that were moving away from the coast.
By Thursday night around 9:00 pm, 150 of these buses and drivers were on their way back to Greenville County and arrived this morning between 2:00 am and 3:00 am. Due to the bus drivers driving during the night and having worked for 48 hours, it was decided that these buses would not pick up students on Friday morning in Greenville county due to safety concerns for the driver and the students. For the past three days, those students in Greenville county who normally would ride the bus to school and could not find alternate transportation were excused from school.
In times of these kinds of natural disasters, it is good to see all communities working together to save lives. Those big yellow buses are indeed resourceful!