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School bus drivers practicing their routes for first day of school

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Class is almost in session for Lowcountry schools.

This week, teachers are getting their classrooms ready and, Tuesday morning, school bus drivers in Dorchester District 2 made sure their routes were organized and everything was prepared for the first day of school.

Before the sun was up, drivers were cranking their engines, dusting off their dashboards and hitting their routes.

But, the seats inside the big yellow buses were empty.

"What went right, what went wrong," said Durham School Systems Regional Manager Ron Wilson. "Are there problems with the bus? Are there problems with the routes? We want to make sure we get these kids to school on time safely and ready to learn."

Ron Wilson says every year, Durham School Systems mandates a trial run, adopting the notion, practice makes perfect.

The drivers did everything on their routes like it was a typical school day.

"Once I pull up to the stop, I hit my little switch, make sure the stop arm is out," said Terence Peacock, going on his 16th year as a school bus driver. "Then, I will proceed on to my next stop and do the same procedures. Just get familiar with the route again and going through the route to see if there's any changes."

Peacock was one of the 137 drivers who drove their routes Tuesday. At the end, he did his routine student check, looking under every seat.

After the drivers finished their practice run, they met back at the Dorchester District 2 bus yard. Together, they discussed what went wrong and what went right.

"Anything that would hinder the safe operation of this bus and getting our kids to school safely, on time," said Wilson.

A full, quiet lot ensured soon students will soon be behind their desks, before the first bell rings.

Below is a list of bus routes for school districts throughout the Lowcountry:

Berkeley County School District

Charleston County School District

Colleton County School District

Dorchester County District 2

Dorchester County District 4

Georgetown County School District

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