We urge parents to be patient as routes settle during the first few weeks of school. Bus routes may be extended by as much as 30 minutes as students become familiar with a new routine. Sometimes buses are delayed because of traffic congestion or other issues. For morning route updates, check our Contact Us + Live Bus Updates pages to see if your child's route has been affected.
What if there are no stops near my house?
We encourage you to first review our bus routes section to find the most up to date route information for your school. Your stop may have changed from last year. Bus stops may be placed three tenths of a mile away for elementary students, and half a mile away for middle and high students.
should my child get to the bus stop?
Students should be ready and waiting for the bus at least 10 minutes before the bus is expected to arrive. Parents can anticipate a stop time based on the route start time, estimating 5 minutes between stops in suburban areas, and 5 to 10 minutes between stops in rural areas. The exact stop time will vary during the first weeks of school. Students and parents should prepare for additional wait times during this period.
do I find my stop time?
Because routes change daily during the first weeks of school, specific stop times are not provided. See the question above for the best way to estimate and anticipate the arrival of the bus. Stop times may vary as much as 30 minutes as students settle into their routines. Parents and students may ask drivers for an estimated afternoon drop-off time.
I do if my bus didn't arrive this morning?
We urge parents to be patient as routes settle during the first few weeks of school. Bus routes may be extended by as much as 30 minutes as students become familiar with a new routine. If you have waited more than 30 minutes, contact your district office.
I find out if the bus is running off schedule in the morning?
New this year, parents may view real-time bus schedule updates on the transportation district websites. Locate your transportation office webpage to view these updates.
I request a bus stop or a new stop?
During the first month of school, WCPSS will process only those stop change requests for students who have not been assigned to a stop or where there is an imminent safety concern. Request a bus stop or change now.