On Sunday morning, 378 school buses have started transporting more than 34 thousand male and female students in the RC schools from various neighborhoods in Jubail Industrial City to more than (78) education facility and (37) education center. The buses follow a precise timetable under the supervision of a specialized team from the Transportation and Equipment Department of the RC. The Buses are monitored by Satellite through e-tracking service in the GPS.
Dr. Khalid Al Ansari, Director of the Transportation and Equipment Department, emphasized that the school transportation plan was created earlier in cooperation with the Education Services Department of RCJ. The plan determines the schools and the neighborhoods it serve. Buses are distributed according to the school population density. Bus stops for male and female student groups located near to their houses are specified to facilitate an accurate and safe commuting process. Female students are transported first, then male students and lastly, kindergarteners.
Al Ansari noted that during creating the school transportation plan in coordination with Education Services Department, bus drivers are adequately trained to drive in the neighborhoods and pick- up and drop-off students
The modern planning of Jubail Industrial City and its streets numbering system helps drivers to pick-up students from the assembly areas. These buses are used to transport students to attend school evening activities .
The Director of Transportation and Equipment Department said that his Department track their drivers and maintain safety and hygiene of each bus. Buses are cleaned on a daily basis in preparation for the next day.
Al Ansari emphasized the importance of drivers’ periodic training conducted by the Transportation and Equipment Department in cooperation with the Industrial Security and Safety Department and Jubail Traffic Department to inform the drivers about safe driving and traffic rules in Saudi Arabia.
He added that at the end of each school year, they honor bus drivers in a ceremony held by Jubail Traffic Department for their commitment to the schedules and traffic safety rules.
Dr. Mohammed Al Hajri, Director of Education Services Department, valued the efforts of the RC’s Transportation and Equipment Department in transporting students to and from schools, and the level of service provided that satisfy parents. He also added that RC kindergarten, special education and first grade teachers always accompany the students along the school year to ensure their safety and teach students bus rules and values.