Chesterfield County parents can get bus info via Twitter

Chesterfield County parents can now get information via Twitter if school buses are delayed. The school system’s five area offices for transportation started tweeting today, the first day after spring break. Each area transportation office plans to tweet as soon as possible if a bus is running late by 15 minutes or more either picking students up in the morning or returning students to their bus stops in the afternoon.

“Twitter will help us provide timely information for parents and students about buses that may be delayed by traffic or for some other reason. It’s free and our community already uses Twitter,” said Dr. Robert Wingfield, director of pupil transportation for Chesterfield County Public Schools. “Our goal is always to be on time picking up and dropping off students, but when that is not possible we want our parents to know.

“Chesterfield County Public Schools has been tweeting as @ccpsinfo since 2009 and has more than 14,000 followers. Now we are joining other school systems across the country that tweet bus updates.”

Here are the Twitter handles for the five area transportation offices, which transport students in all grades of Chesterfield County Public Schools:

  • Follow @busBirdMBK for information from area 1, which oversees transportation in the area around Bird High and Meadowbrook High.
  • Follow @busMidloMonJR for information from area 2, which oversees transportation in the area around Midlothian High, Monacan High and James River High.
  • Follow @busCHCosbyMan for information from area 3, which oversees transportation in the area around Clover Hill High, Cosby High and Manchester High.
  • Follow @busMatDale for information from area 4, which oversees transportation in the area around Matoaca High and Thomas Dale High.
  • Follow @busSpecialNeeds for information from area 5, which oversees transportation for students who have special needs.

Parents who are unsure which area office runs their children’s school buses can find out by going to mychesterfieldschools.com/transportation/bus-routes/, locating their children’s school and bus route, then following the Twitter feed for that area office.

Generally, each tweet will start with the name of the school and the bus route that is running late so that parents will be able to easily see if their children are affected. At least for now, employees in the area transportation offices will focus on tweeting out information and will not reply to tweets. Office employees will be tweeting, not school bus drivers.