WCPSS provides safe and reliable bus transportation to eligible students who live one-and-a-half miles or more from their assigned schools. We also provide bus service to students with identified special needs and for some magnet schools.
Your child's safety is our primary concern. Our drivers are trained in first aid, carry a first aid kit and inspect their buses before every route. In the event of sickness or injury, they call appropriate emergency personnel.
- Enter the bus in an orderly and quiet manner.
- Sit in assigned seats without being reminded.
- Remain seated and facing front at all times.
- Keep hands, arms, heads or any other objects in the bus at all times.
- Sit with feet on the floor and bookbag and hands in lap.
- Abide by the request of the driver and follow all school and county rules and regulations.
- Food and drink are not allowed on the bus at any time.
- Be respectful to the driver and other students at all times.
- In the mornings, students should be ready for the bus at least 10 minutes before the scheduled pick-up time.
- Parents of students in PK, K, and 1st grade need to be present at the stop in the afternoons. If no parent is present to receive the student, the student will be returned to school.
- For students needing assistance, it is your responsibility to help your child from your residence to the vehicle, or from the vehicle to your residence.
- For students needing supervision, please arrange to have someone at your residence in the afternoon to receive your child. Drop-off times in the afternoon could vary depending on whether or not other students assigned to ride that vehicle may be absent that day. If no one is at your residence to receive your child, he or she will be returned to school.
- Transportation assigns students to ride specific buses according to state guidelines and within specific load limits.
- Students living within their school's walk zone (1.5 miles) are not allowed to ride a bus unless it is an unsafe walking environment (for example, a multi-lane highway without a crossing).
- Students who are assigned outside their geographical area due to a transfer request are not guaranteed transportation.
- Regular students who are medically certified as temporarily incapacitated may be considered for special accommodations.
- Band instruments, projects and other objects cannot take up student seating space or block the aisle.
- Students shall ride only their assigned bus and only get on or get off at their assigned stops.
- The driver has complete authority and responsibility for operating the bus and maintaining good conduct. The driver shall report to the school administrator any misconduct or violation of the driver's instructions.
- Principals may discipline any bus misconduct as if the violation had occurred on school grounds. Penalties for violating board policy or the Student Code of Conduct apply to bus behavior.
Board R&P 7125 advises that less than forty-five minutes one-way ride time should be expected for most students. Goals for one-way ride times:
- Proximity Elementary Students - less than one hour
- Proximity Secondary Students - less than one hour
- Magnet Students, Application students, students attending school not on their choice list, and students attending non-proximate schools - 45 minutes in addition to the above times.