Priority Notice: Executive Order Revises Permitted Use of School Bus Flashing Lights During Remote Learning

Today Governor Mills signed Executive Order #52, An Order Regarding Certain Education Matters, found here, which included the easing of restrictions for the use of flashing red lights on school buses during the state of emergency due to COVID-19.

With many School Administrative Units (SAUs) utilizing school buses to provide for education and school nutrition resources for their students, the use of the school bus flashing red lights was deemed necessary to alert drivers to stop for the school bus while the bus is stopped for approaching or disembarking students or staff.

The Executive Order specifically states that, “The Department of Public Safety is authorized during this period of emergency to suspend enforcement of 29-A M.R.S. §2308(4) and permit the Department of Education to authorize school bus drivers to use flashing red lights on school buses to control traffic while delivering food, supplies and other school related materials to students and their families.”

For further information, please contact Pat Hinckley at or Lt. Bruce Scott at