General Transportation Procedures
Bus Stop Procedures
- Students in grades Pre-K- through 1st grades must be accompanied by a parent/guardian or designee to and from the bus stop. If the parent/guardian or designee is not at the bus stop when the student is dropped off the student will be returned to their school. (Students will not be released to unauthorized persons)
- Students are encouraged to arrive at their assigned bus stop at least 10 minutes ahead of the scheduled time. The bus is required to remain at the stop until the scheduled departure time.
- While waiting for the bus students should respect the property and persons who are residents of the area
- Students should stand back from the curb and away from the street where vehicles travel.
- Students should wait their turn to get on and off the bus.
- Students must ride their assigned bus.
Eligibility for Ridership and Walk Zone
Home to Stop Distance in Miles- (Bus Riders)
Home to School Distance in Miles- ( Walk Zones)
Out of Zone
Hub Stop Locations
Students who attend the programs at the Specialty School will catch the school bus from Hub Stops. Hub Stops are assigned at the nearest elementary school, or community center, library or designated location from your home. The Hub Stops are designed to be a drop-off and pick-up location for the students to catch the school bus to their Specialty School. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to get the student to and from the Hub Stop locations.
Students who live outside the designated school zone of the City of Richmond will not be transported on a school bus.
Students with temporary medical conditions may be considered for special accommodations. The parent/guardian can make a transportation request through the school. The request should include a letter from the doctor stating the medical condition/injury and how long the student will require the special accommodations. The medical condition must be that of the student and not the parent/guardian.
Exceptional Education Transportation
Exceptional Education Transportation is based on the student’s disability, not the parent/guardian. Exceptional Education transportation must be requested by the school or the Exceptional Education Department. The provisions may range from a bus stop in front of the residence or in close proximity, that is school bus accessible.
Out of Zone /Open Enrollment
Parent/Guardians are responsible for transporting students attending school under Open Enrollment.
Students who are displaced may continue to receive transportation to their home-school under the McKinney Vento Act. You may contact Richmond Public Schools McKinney Vento Office directly if you need assistance. 804-780-6288.
Students who are Administratively placed in a school out of zone will be provided transportation. The Pupil Placement Office will send a placement letter to the Transportation Department. The Student must be enrolled in the new school before transportation can be routed. Pupil Placement contact number is 804-780-7811.
Families that share custody can make a request for the student’s transportation through the Pupil Placement Office. Pupil Placement will make the determination as to whether the request will be granted.
If a student becomes ill before dismissal time, the parent/guardian is responsible for transporting the student.
Students Who Miss the School Bus
Parents are responsible for the transportation of pupils who do not arrive at the bus stop on time and miss the school bus.
School Administration is responsible for contacting the parent/guardian of students who miss the bus at the end of the school day when such failure is not the fault of the Department of Pupil Transportation.
The Department of Pupil Transportation is responsible for providing transportation when delays are caused by equipment failure, staffing, and inclement weather.