PGCPS Changes Discipline for Texting While Driving School Buses


School bus drivers in a Maryland county could be fired for texting while driving students after cellphone video surfaced of one driver.

That driver, who was recorded by students, still has a job because of a loophole in county policy, but the next driver who gets caught might not be as fortunate.

After News4’s story last week, Prince George’s County Public Schools is adding an amendment to its transportation discipline handbook. Under misuse of a cellphone on a bus, a letter F will be added for texting while driving students. If caught, a driver could be recommended for suspension, demotion or termination.

The handbooks are being reprinted and should be distributed in January. In the meantime, the new language has been distributed to bus drivers so they all are aware of it.

Prince George’s Co. School Bus Driver Apparently Shown Texting

Prince George's Co. School Bus Driver Apparently Shown Texting While Driving

Parents in Prince George’s County are outraged after seeing photos and videos from their kids that appear to show a school bus driver texting while driving. News4’s Tracee Wilkins reports on what officials say they did and why parents are still upset. Click here for information about Prince George’s County Public Schools transportation or email them by clicking here. (Published Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015)

The bus driver from that cellphone video was disciplined, but that discipline is confidential, and she is still an employee with the school system and will be driving buses again.

Via NBC 4




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