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. Bus routes are available to parents at each school and 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 at stops for students. Bus stops are placed 0.3 miles apart for students in grades K-5 and 0.5 miles for students in grades 6-12.
The MyStop mobile app is available for families to track the progress of their child’s school bus. This enables parents to know when the bus is scheduled to arrive at a stop. In addition, the Transportation Department will communicate with families if a bus is delayed by 15 minutes or longer via emails and phone calls through the School Messenger parent notification system. (Some circumstances, such as mechanical breakdowns, may prevent timely notification of families.)
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. Rules for bus safety and expectations include:
Family responsibilities #
It is the responsibility of the family to make sure their children get to the correct bus stop, follow all bus rules and review the safety and behavior expectations found in the transportation section of mychesterfieldschools.com.
- Use ParentVUE to indicate an alternative in-zone address (day care provider, etc.) and mode of transportation (bus, car, day-care van, walk, etc.). This will help accurately and efficiently load buses.
- Know where your child’s bus stop is before school begins because stops will change. See e-Link
at https://mychesterfieldschools.com/transportation/ to locate your designated stop.
- Parents are expected to accompany young children, and they are responsible for the safety of their children to and from bus stops and while waiting at the stops. Parents of prekindergarten, kindergarten and early childhood special education students should read the related section below.
- Review procedures for temporary changes to busing arrangements:
- Students who plan to use transportation other than their regular bus or load or unload at a stop other than their regular 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 obtained from the Transportation Department based on bus capacity.
- Emphasize that the bus is considered an extension of the classroom.
- Explain that riding the bus is a privilege that can be taken away if students do not obey the rules.
- Review the rules and expectations that have been established to increase the safety of all students
riding the bus. When the driver’s attention is distracted from the road, this increases the chances of an accident or injury.
- Teach your children about school bus safety. Ask questions to determine their comprehension.
- Young children learn through repetition.
- Wait to meet your child on the side where the child is dropped off. Children eager to greet their parents
may disregard safety training.
- Recognize the bus drivers for performing their jobs safely.
- Review the school system’s standards for student conduct, which also apply at bus stops and on school/activity buses.
- Remind your child that vandalizing a school bus may result in restitution, loss of riding privileges, suspension from school and/or legal consequences.
Student responsibilities #
Before loading the bus
- Walk to the bus and never run.
- Arrive at their bus stop at least five minutes before the time listed and 10 minutes earlier during the first week of school.
- Stay at least 10 feet away from the roadway while waiting for the bus.
- Stay at least 10 feet away from a moving bus and wait until the bus stops before approaching it.
- Wait for the thumbs-up signal from the driver if crossing the road is necessary to board the bus.
- Line up and wait their turn to board the bus (no pushing or shoving).
- Only be picked up at their designated bus stops.
While on the bus
- Respect the bus driver, other students, property and themselves.
- Obey the bus driver’s instructions the first time given.
- Keep hands and feet off other people and their property.
- Sit facing forward while the bus is in motion.
- Keep the aisle of the bus clear.
- Keep all parts of your body inside the bus.
- Keep arms, legs and belongings to yourself.
- Speak only to those around them in conversational (inside) voices using respectful words.
- Share the seat with others.
- Place book bags under the seat or hold them in your lap.
- Place trash in the wastebasket.
- Communicate any problems or conflicts with the bus driver.
- Use cellphones for personal entertainment/communication and may not use photo, video and audio functionality.
- Never tamper with any emergency equipment or damage the bus.
- Never throw objects.
- Never eat, drink, litter or use alcohol, tobacco or drugs.
- Never bring any weapons, dangerous objects or weapon replicas on the school bus.
- Wait until instructed to disembark.
After leaving the bus
- Walk away from the bus immediately after getting off.
- Wait for the driver’s thumbs-up signal before crossing in front of the bus.
- Maintain a 10-foot separation between themselves and the bus.
- Only be dropped off at their designated bus stops unless approved through the processes established at the student’s school.
- 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.
Guidance for parents of prekindergarten, kindergarten and early childhood special education bus riders
- Before the student rides a bus for the first time, the parents/guardians of a prekindergarten, kindergarten or early childhood special education student must identify/confirm his/her student’s correct bus route and bus stop with his/her teacher and school.
- Avoid last-minute changes in your student’s bus routine (bus route/stop) (or example, different buses in the morning vs. the afternoon or variation on different days of the week).
- The safety and well-being of students and staff are the top priorities of Chesterfield County Public Schools. It is the responsibility of the school and parent/guardian to review the bus conduct rules, CCPS Bus Safety and Expectations, which is required by law, with their student and inform other authorized student caregivers about transportation policies before the beginning of the school year.
- Riding the bus to and from school is a privilege for students and a convenience for families. Violations of these policies are taken seriously and may result in the suspension of transportation services.
- For safety purposes, students attending prekindergarten (Virginia Preschool Initiative, Head Start, and Title I prekindergarten) must carry the red backpack to and from school daily. There are no exceptions.
Bus stop supervision and information #
- Note: The term “bus stop” means the location on the street or road where the bus stops for students to board in the morning and unload in the afternoon. This applies to all bus stops.
- Prekindergarten, kindergarten and early childhood special education students may not under any circumstances wait for the school bus at the bus stop without the presence of a parent/guardian or authorized individual. Authorized individuals include a person whose name is listed on the student’s transportation plan AND/OR who presents a symbol/number identifier tag or a valid government issued picture ID/driver’s license.
- Students will not be released to anyone who is not listed on the student’s transportation plan
- 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 information regarding the nature of the emergency in relation to the prekindergarten, kindergarten or early childhood special education student. (Check with the school regarding their emergency policy.) The parent/guardian must 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.
- Switching bus stops is prohibited.
- Bus drivers cannot always guarantee an exact arrival time. Parent/guardian or authorized individual responsible for placing the student on the bus in the morning and meeting the bus in the afternoon is strongly encouraged to use the MyStop app to note arrival time. Parents should arrive 5 minutes before arrival.
- 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.
- Students who are not met at the school bus stop will be returned to the school where their prekindergarten, kindergarten or early childhood special education class is located.
Students) must be met by a parent/guardian or authorized individual within 30 minutes of the bus’s return to the school where their prekindergarten, kindergarten or early childhood special education class is located. School will notify persons listed on the emergency contact card.
- Failure to meet the bus within 30 minutes of its return to the school may result in a phone call to Child Protective Services.
- If you need to call the school to ask questions about bus stop supervision, please call during office hours Monday through Friday.
Bus and safety conduct information #
- Students must remain seated at the front of the bus at all times once they have boarded the bus.
- Prekindergarten, kindergarten or early childhood special education students may sit with an older sibling at the front of the bus. There are no exceptions.
- Parents/guardians or authorized individuals are not permitted to board the bus unless requested by
the bus driver.
- Students shall not throw any objects inside the bus or out of the bus windows.
- Disruptive behavior will not be permitted under any circumstances on the bus. Examples that may result in the permanent loss of bus riding privileges may include, but are not limited to, hitting, kicking, spitting, yelling, cursing or failure to remain seated.
- Pets, insects, medications and open containers of food and drink are not permitted to be transported on the bus.
- 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.
- Students who are ill (vomiting, diarrhea, high fever, etc.) at the time of dismissal will not be allowed to ride the bus.