School starts Aug. 25, and it’s time to talk about how students are going to get there.

Schools try new numbering

Students who ride the bus should be aware that the system will be using route numbers instead of bus numbers this year.

The route numbers will begin with the first letter of the high school in the service area, or “feeder pattern.”

For example, the 15 routes in the Brunswick area would carry the numbers B1 through B15.  

“Now a student only has to remember B1. It’s a very clean concept,” Transportation Director Fred Punturiero said, noting that it would be especially helpful for students.

The new system will make it easier for students to remember which bus to board, Punturiero added, and will allow drivers to remain with one bus, making it easier for them to focus on their particular route and vehicle. 

Drivers could also have a better chance of getting to know students as they come up through the school system. 

“That student will remain with that driver as long as that driver drives that route,” Punturiero said.

Parents and students can check route numbers at

Thurmont PD holds safety demonstration

For cyclists and children who walk to school, there will be a safety workshop on Thursday in Thurmont.

Thurmont police will hold a demonstration, Back to School Safety Education, in the parking lot in front of the police station from 6 to 7 p.m.

St. John Regional Catholic expands busing

St. John Regional Catholic School will add bus service to the eastern portion of the county.

Students will now be able to pick up buses in Spring Ridge, Holly Hills in Ijamsville, Libertytown and Walkersville. 

The announcement comes two years after the school began offering bus service to Brunswick, Jefferson and Middletown.

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Poor little teachers, time to go back to work for a few months.


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