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OCS No Idle Policy

Onslow County Schools endorses and implements the following NC Department of Public Instruction No-Idle recommendations:

  1. Buses should not idle longer than five (5) minutes.  Additional idling does not help the school bus get warmer.
  2. Buses should not park "nose to tail" when it can be avoided.
  3. Buses should not idle while loading or unloading on school grounds.
  4. Buses should not park on school grounds near building air intake systems.
  5. No bus should run without the driver being within three feet of the bus.


Exceptions to this policy would be made based on the following safety criteria:

  1. Inclement weather
  2. Heavy Traffic
  3. Passenger stops (Stop times are generally limited to 30-45 seconds except when a passenger stop involves a wheelchair.)
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