South Central Community School Corporation
9808 South 600 West - Union Mills, IN 46382 • 219-767-2263
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Transportation Overview

The safe transportation of students is a responsibility shared by transportation staff, parents, and students. We are committed to providing safe vehicles and qualified drivers, along with school bus safety education to students and parents. The transportation system at South Central Community School Corporation is one of the best in the state. We have great equipment, qualified drivers, good communication, and a great support system. 

The school corporation serves approximately 960 students and transportation is provided to all students who live in the district. Each bus will provide transportation for kindergarten through 12th grade. Our district has four major state highways: U.S. Route 6 (west and eastbound) to the north of the district, State Road 39 (north and southbound) to the east of the district, U.S. Route 30 (west and eastbound) to the south of the district, and U.S. Route 421 (north and southbound) to the west of the district. Having four major state roads in our district makes safety even more important. For this reason, the safety of our students and staff will always be considered first at all times.

If school district roads are passable, we intend to have school. If roads are not passable at the beginning of the school day, we may delay the opening of school or close completely, thus issuing an eLearning day. If a storm happens during the day, we will need your cooperation. Listed below are some terms you should know and ways you may help. Please take some time to familiarize yourself with these procedures.
  • SCHOOL IS DELAYED: This term means that school will start at a time later than normal. It is usually two hours but could be shorter. A two-hour delay would mean that if your child was to meet a bus at 7:20am, the bus would come at 9:20am. In such a case that the delay is on a Wednesday, a late start is not recognized, and the bus will come two hours later than the normal start time.
  • SCHOOL IS CLOSED: This term is used if school is closed for the entire day. Additionally, an eLearning day will take effect. It also means all events for the day could be canceled and rescheduled.
  • EARLY DISMISSAL: This term is used when a storm or other emergency makes it necessary to close school early.
  • BUS TURN AROUND: This term is used if we attempt to open school and find conditions worsening. It may be necessary to return the buses home immediately. Our communications system will allow us to do this if necessary.

Other important reminders

  • Always dress your child appropriately. If a bus has a problem, warm clothing will be necessary.
  • Make sure your child can get into the house and knows what to do in case of early dismissal, late start, or bus turn around. You should plan ahead for such occurrences, so your child is not left in a dangerous situation.
  • You are requested not to contact the school about whether the school will be opened or closed. School phone lines are important in assessing the situation. It is understandable that it may be necessary to contact the school, however, you should make arrangements ahead of time for your child(ren).
  • You should be familiar with your bus driver. If you have questions about the route, you should contact your driver. Many drivers have developed a phone tree to relay emergency information to the riders.
  • You should always assume school is open unless you are notified otherwise by the media, school website, or SchoolMessenger.

If you have other questions or need more information regarding the transportation services at South Central, please call the corporation office at (219) 767-2263.

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