- Students in grades levels Pre-K through 2nd must be accompanied by a parent or their designee to and from the school bus stop. All students will be returned to their assigned school when there is no parent or designee at the school bus stop. Parent/Designee of students living in the no-transport-zone are strongly encouraged to accompany their Pre-K though 2nd grade student(s) to and from school.
- To use this schedule guide, first locate the school which the student is attending. Next, locate the stop closest to the student's residence.
- Students should be at their stop 5 to 10 minutes before the scheduled pick-up time for that stop. (The times listed may require adjustments during the school year.)
- Parents of Exceptional Education students who require special transportation according to the student's Individualized Education Plan (IEP) will be contacted directly by mail with the child's bus stop information before the first day of school.
- If a stop cannot be located which is reasonably close to the student's residence, and he/she needs a new stop-including day care stops-please contact the school to have them submit a Bus Stop / Address Change Request to Pupil Transportation.
- If a bus has not shown up at the correct time, please call our customer service line at (804)674-1234.
- In order to transport the students in our community safely and more efficiently, and in accordance with the RPS Department of Pupil Transportation Rules & Regulations, pp 604 - 605, the following home-to-stop and home-to-school distance policies are in effect:
- High and Middle school students are required to walk up to one-half mile from their residence to their bus stop.
- Elementary school students are required to walk up to three-tenths of a mile from their residence to their bus stop.
- High and Middle school students who attend a city-wide school (e.g. Franklin Military, CCP, etc.) or who participate in a city-wide program and are transported from out-of-zone (e.g. NCLB, IB, ESL, etc.) are required to walk up to three-quarters of a mile from their residence to their bus stop.
||Home-to-Stop Distance in Miles (For Bus Riders)
||Home-to-School Distance in Miles (For Students Living in Non-Transport Zone)
|City-WideSchools and City-Wide Programs from Out-of-Zone
- Students who attend a school out-of-zone by special permission, are not authorized transportation and will not be allowed to ride the school bus.
- Students living in the non-transport zone (within 1 mile of an elementary school or within 1.5 miles of a secondary school) are not authorized transportation and will not be allowed to ride the bus.
- Department of Pupil Transportation may be contacted at 674-1234 or 674-4133
SCHOOL BUS SAFETY
Following these simple rules will help you stay safe on the bus:
- Always be on time at the bus stop.
- Always stand back from the curb.
- Always walk to and from the bus. Never run.
- Always wait your turn to get on or off the bus. Never to push or shove.
- Always stay in your seat unless the driver tells you otherwise.
- Always keep the aisle in the bus clear.
- Always talk quietly to the people sitting around you. Never yell and shout.
- Always obey the driver. His or her job is to look out for your safety.
- Always take at least 10 giant steps before turning when you get off the bus. This is so the driver can see you.
- Always wait for the driver's OK before crossing the street.
- NEVER walk behind the bus.
- NEVER crawl underneath a school bus. If you drop something, tell the driver and he or she will tell you what to do.
Transportation Procedures for Kindergarten Prekindergarten and Head Start Students Including Students With Disabilities
Parent responsibilities Here are the primary responsibilities of the parents/guardians of kindergarten, prekindergarten and Head Start students including students with disabilities:
- Before your child rides a bus for the first time, identify your child’s correct bus route and bus stop and share that information with the school.
- For students who enroll after the first day of school, the parent/guardian must advise the school of the student’s bus route and bus stop before the student rides the bus for the first time.
- Throughout the school year, each parent/guardian is to a dvise the school immediately of any change to a student’s bus route or bus stop.
- Arrange for someone older to meet your child in the afternoon at the bus stop every day of the school year; this can be an older sibling.
- This person’s responsibility is to walk the student to his/her home, child care or other pre - identified location.
- Students who are not met at the bus stop by an older person will be returned to school , and the parent/guardian will be contacted to pick them up from school.
- This practice will continue for the entire school year, unless alternative arrangements are made with the principal.
- Frequently remind your child
- to never go with a stranger.
- to tell the bus driver if there is no one at the bus stop to meet you .
- to never go on a bus other than the one your parent/guardian has chosen for you (to go to a friend’s home, for instance) without the permission of your parent/guardian and without telling your teacher.
- to never stay at school (to participate in an after - school activity, for instance) without the permission of your parent/guardian and without telling your teacher.
- of any other information you feel will be helpful in trying to keep your child safe.
- Avoid having your child ride different buses in the morning versus the afternoon or different buses on different days of the week, etc.
- Avoid last minute changes in your child’s afternoon bus route and bus stop
Parents should contact the school directly to
obtain bus stop information for their student(s).