FCPS provides update on JWHS hold status

Frederick County Public Schools provided an update about the hold status at James Wood High School on Friday.

The hold status was enacted at approximately 9:31 am through the FCPS rapid communication system to keep students in their classrooms following the discovery of a bullet on a school bus.

The status was lifted at 10:11 am and the school day resumed.

School division spokesperson Tara Helkowski shared a portion of a letter sent to parents and said that after an investigation from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and school administration, it was determined that the bullet posed no immediate threat to the school community.

No further information was released on the incident.

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VSP investigate school bus accident in Rockingham County

Virginia State Police are investigating a crash involving a school bus in Rockingham County on Friday, December 8th at 7:49 am.

A Rockingham County Public School bus traveling east on Route 689 stopped at a stop sign and then attempted to turn left onto Route 276.

While turning, it pulled into the path of a 2000 Dodge Dakota traveling south.

The Dodge could not avoid the collision and struck the bus on the driver’s side.

The driver of the school bus, Amanda Carini, 44, of Broadway, was not injured in the crash.

46 students were on board at the time of the crash.

Five suffered from minor injuries and were taken to Sentara RMH Medical Center for treatment.

The driver of the Dodge, Dennis Michael, 66, of Penn Laird, suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

He was wearing a seatbelt during the accident.

Carini was charged with reckless driving and the crash remains under investigation.

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Local school districts respond to unmarked buses

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Shenandoah County Public Schools (SCPS) issued a reminder that only properly marked SCPS school buses will pick up and drop off children following a safety notice issued by Fairfax County Public Schools.

The Office of Safety and Security for FCPS and local police districts were notified on April 13th about a white bus with a blue stripe attempting to pick up a child at a bus stop in the area of Southington Lane in Reston.

An unfamiliar driver described as a while male with facial hair attempted to pick up the student but shut the door and drove away when confronted by a community member. 

A second incident occurred later the same morning when a yellow, unmarked school bus with black stripes attempted to pick up elementary school children at a bus stop near Chynoweth Street and Telegraph Road in Lorton.

The driver of this bus also drove away when confronted and is described as a male with long curly brown hair, a dark hat, dark clothing, and wearing a surgical mask.

Remind your students that take the bus to look for markings and to reach out to a trusted adult if something does not seem right.

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FCSO reminds motorists of school bus safety

Children are back to school across the Valley with Frederick County Public Schools returning on Monday.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind motorists to be extra cautious in school zones and around buses.

School zone signs will be turned back on during designated times.

Some of those with lower speed limits enforced.

Passing a school bus from any direction is a Class 1 misdemeanor under the Reckless Driving statute.

This is important because children entering or exiting a bus can be unpredictable.

The only time motorists can pass a school bus with it’s stop sign out is if the roadway is divided by a positive barrier like a grassy median or jersey wall.

Cars travelling in the same direction the bus must stop but those on the other side of the barrier may continue.

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