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Chesterfield County Public Schools

Transportation

Buses #

School bus transportation is available to most students attending county schools in accordance with School Board policy 7160. The policy is available online at mychesterfieldschools.com under the School Board tab in the School Board policies section.

  • Log into ParentVUE and check your home address and any alternative addresses. For a link to ParentVUE and more details, go to bit.ly/3PzeEfv.
  • Bus stops are placed in the safest location possible with a walk distance of 0.3 miles for students in grades K-5 and 0.5 miles for students in grades 6-12 when possible during the school year; distances may be greater during summer school. Bus routes are available to parents via e-Link by using a student’s ID to sign in. Routes and stops are subject to change at any time.
  • Students must be at their bus stop five minutes before their bus is due to arrive. School buses will not wait for students.

The My Stop web and mobile application allows you to locate your child’s bus via GPS tracking to see where the bus is and its estimated arrival to your bus stop. The bus’s location is updated on the map every five seconds so in the event of a delay, there are no surprises. Here’s how to access My Stop:

  • Via app: Search for My Stop in the app store and select “Versatrans My Stop.” There are several My Stop apps; choose the Versatrans version.
  • Via computer: chesterfield.tylertech.com/elinkrp/.

Bus transportation is a privilege, and students riding school buses are required to obey all rules and regulations established by the school and driver. All buses are equipped with surveillance cameras to assist in safe transportation. Parents are encouraged to remind their children to respect the property of the school division and neighbors living near a bus stop. Inappropriate conduct while riding a school bus may result in denial of this privilege. The school principal and Transportation Department make disciplinary decisions about school bus transportation.

Radio frequency identification cards (or RFID cards) add an extra level of safety for the youngest students as they board and disembark school buses.

  • Cards and lanyards were issued to elementary students in 2021-22 and are issued to additional students as supplies become available. New students who enrolled by July 11, 2022, will receive cards and lanyards at the start of school.
  • Students place the card against a sensor as they board and disembark the bus. The tablet will make a happy sound if the student is boarding/disembarking at the correct locations.
  • Parents can use My Stop to follow the bus the student rides, and the points at which the student enters and leaves the bus are recorded.
  • RFID cards do not track students. The cards only associate students to the bus they are riding so parents know where their students are and drivers know which stops are the correct stops.

Family responsibilities #

Families are responsible for getting their children to the bus stop safely, reviewing safety and behavior expectations and reinforcing these with children.

  • Know which days your student will need transportation to school.
  • Use ParentVUE to indicate any alternate addresses (i.e. day care provider) where they will be picked up and/or dropped off on a routine basis. For a link to ParentVUE and more details, go to bit.ly/3PzeEfv.
  • Know your bus stop location before school begins. Visit e-Link at chesterfield.tylertech.com/elinkrp/ to locate your designated stop.
  • Accompany prekindergarten and kindergarten students at the bus stop in the morning and afternoon.
  • Parents/guardians or authorized individuals are not permitted to board the bus unless requested by the bus driver.
  • Prekindergarten and kindergarten students will be returned to school if a designated individual is not present at the bus stop to collect the student. At the driver’s discretion, older students may also be returned to school if a designated individual is not present to pick them up.
  • Review school procedures for temporary changes to busing arrangements. Students who plan to use transportation other than their regular bus or load or unload at a different stop must have written parental permission and receive prior written approval from the appropriate school official. Documentation of the school’s approval must be presented to the bus driver. Final approval is provided by the transportation department based on bus capacity.
  • Teach your children about school bus safety, and talk about it often. Ask questions to make sure they understand.
  • Wait to meet your child on the side of the bus they will exit. Eager children may disregard safety training.
  • Recognize the bus drivers for performing their jobs safely.

Student responsibilities #

The bus should be considered an extension of the classroom, and families should emphasize this to students. Riding the bus is a privilege that can be taken away if the rules are not obeyed. Review the Chesterfield County Public Schools standards for student conduct, which also apply at bus stops and on school buses.

Before loading the bus, students should #

  • Walk to the bus, not run.
  • Arrive to the bus stop at least five minutes early, and 10 minutes early during the first week of school.
  • Stand at least 10 feet from the road while waiting for the bus.
  • Stand at least 10 feet from a moving bus and wait until the bus stops before approaching.
  • Wait for the driver to motion the direction to cross in front of the bus if needed.
  • Form a line and take turns to board the bus in an orderly way.
  • Be picked up only at their designated bus stop.
  • Students who are ill (vomiting, diarrhea, high fever, etc.) at the start of the school day or at dismissal time will not be allowed to ride the bus.

While on the bus, students should #

  • Always remain in the assigned bus seat.
  • Exit the bus only at the assigned stop.
  • Respect the bus driver, other students and property.
  • Obey the bus driver’s instructions.
  • Keep hands and feet off others and their property.
  • Face forward while the bus is in motion.
  • Keep the aisle clear.
  • Keep all body parts inside the bus.
  • Speak only to those nearby using an inside voice and respectful words.
  • Share the seat with others.
  • Place bookbags under the bus seat or in the lap.
  • Place trash in the wastebasket.
  • Communicate problems or conflicts with the bus driver.
  • Use cellphones for personal entertainment and communication only; use of photo, video and audio is not allowed.
  • Sit with siblings when applicable, up to two per seat.
  • Never tamper with emergency equipment or damage the bus.
  • Never throw objects.
  • Never eat, drink, litter or use alcohol, tobacco or drugs.
  • Never bring weapons, dangerous objects or weapon replicas on the school bus.
  • Never vandalize a school bus. This may result in restitution, loss of riding privileges, suspension from school and/or legal prosecution.

After leaving the bus, students should #

  • Wait until instructed to exit the bus.
  • Walk away from the bus immediately after exiting.
  • Wait for the driver’s thumbs-up signal/wave before crossing in front of the bus.
  • Maintain 10 feet of separation from the bus.
  • Exit only at designated bus stops unless approved through school protocol.
  • Never walk behind the bus.
  • Never crawl under a bus; if an item is dropped, tell the driver and they will determine next steps.
  • Follow the directions of school staff regarding entering school.

 

Additional guidance for prekindergarten, kindergarten and early childhood special education bus riders #

  • Before the student rides a bus for the first time, the parents/guardians must confirm the correct bus route and bus stop with the student’s teacher and school.
  • Prekindergarten, kindergarten or early childhood special education students may sit with an older sibling at the front of the bus.
  • For safety purposes, students attending prekindergarten must carry the red backpack to and from school daily. There are no exceptions.
  • Prekindergarten, kindergarten and early childhood special education students may not under any circumstances wait for the school bus at the bus stop without a parent/guardian or authorized individual. Authorized individuals include those who are listed on the student’s transportation plan and/or who present a symbol/number identifier tag or a valid government-issued picture ID/driver’s license.
  • Students who are not met at the bus stop by an authorized individual as indicated in the transportation plan will be returned to school and the parent/guardian contacted. The parent/guardian will then be required to pick up the student from school.
  • Parents/guardians must have the symbol/number identifier with them at the stop to pick up the student.
  • In emergency situations, it is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to contact the school office to provide the name of the individual who will pick up the student from school or meet the student at the bus stop. They must present a valid picture ID. An updated emergency card may be required. Check with the school regarding their emergency procedures.
  • Avoid last-minute changes in your student’s bus routine (for example, different buses in the morning vs. the afternoon or variation on different days of the week).
  • Switching bus stops is prohibited.
  • Soiled clothing cannot be transported on the school bus and must be picked up from school within 24 hours. Students who soil their clothing at the time of dismissal may not ride the bus and will have to be picked up by a parent/guardian or authorized individual.

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Updated on August 2, 2022
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