2020-2021 Bus Transportation Information
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*As we return to in-person instruction and focus on COVID-19 safety protocols with regard to bus dismissal, we are not currently tweeting bus dismissal times. Parents should utilize the Here Comes the Bus app (information is below) for real-time information regarding their students' bus location.Important information regarding bus service registration, as well as answers to frequently asked questions, can be found on the WCPSS website at this link: WCPSS Transportation InformationBus Transportation Information for 2020-2021:
Dual Stops & Alternate StopsWCPSS Bus Boarding Procedures:
- If your student is eligible for transportation (i.e. if your child is a magnet student or if Fuller is your base school) and will be riding the bus from the same address to the same school next year, you do not need to take action.
- While we are in our swing space, all students who live in the area designated as a walk zone for our Calloway Drive address will receive bus service.
- If you need to update your bus service (e.g. if you did not ride the bus last year and want to begin riding the bus next year, or if you rode the bus to school or home from school last year and want to ride round-trip this year), please complete the online form located at www.wcpss.net/busrider.
- If your student is assigned to a bus but is not a bus rider, please submit the decline bus form at www.wcpss.net/declinebus so that we have the most up-to-date information
- WCPSS Transportation uses email and text messaging to provide bus service information. Families must keep their email addresses and phone numbers current in Powerschool to receive timely and important information. (You may update this information by contacting the front office or your child's teacher).
- Bus routes are posted on the WCPSS transportation page and on the Fuller website.
- Bus route information, including specific stop assignments and both a.m. and p.m. stop times, is available in your student's Home Base account. (Contact Fuller's data manager, Cora Lashley, at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you need assistance with Home Base/PowerSchool access.)
- Bus Tags will be required for ALL bus riders for the ENTIRE school year. Bus tags will be provided to bus riders on their first day of in-person school. Students who do not have a bus tag will be denied access to the bus. Lost bus tags should be reported immediately to your student's teacher.
In an effort to ensure student safety in boarding busses, WCPSS has instituted specific boarding procedures. Students waiting at bus stops are required to wait for a visual signal from their bus driver before they approach and board the bus. We will review these procedures with students during the first week of school, but parents and students are asked to review and discuss these procedures together, and to view the following bus safety videos:
Riding the Bus on the First Day of School:
All students utilizing bus transportation should plan to begin riding the bus on the first day of school. This allows WCPSS Transportation to accurately assess bus service and make necessary adjustments as expediently as possible. Every effort has been made to develop efficient bus routes for this school year, and it is crucial for all bus students to utilize bus service consistently right from the start of the year.
Here Comes the Bus App:
- Your family can use the free bus tracking system called Here Comes the Bus. This is an easy-to-use website and app that enables you to see the location of your child's school bus on a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer.
- You can sign up for Here Comes the Bus at https://herecomesthebus.com/getting-started/. You will need the district code and your student’s ID number to sign up.
- The WCPSS school code is 67500.
- For your smartphone or tablet, download the Here Comes the Bus app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.
- Once activated, you can customize or edit certain features, including how the app will communicate with you and the size of the notification radius.
- WCPSS Transportation makes bus substitutions when preventative maintenance is due and in response to the management of drivers. When a substitution is made, some features of the app may not work.
- WCPSS Transportation Guidelines
- WCPSS Transportation Online Bus Routes (latest updates)
- Delays or Issues (live-link from Transportation)
- New Bus Rider Registration (Request a Bus Stop)
- Transportation Change Request Form
- WCPSS Transportation Customer Service Contact Form
How do I find my child’s bus information?
Bus routes are posted at this link: Fuller Bus Routes. Student-specific bus route information, including stop assignments and both a.m. and p.m. stop times, is available in your student's Home Base account.
What time 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 scheduled to arrive.
Where do I find my stop time?
Transportation will post new bus routes for schools one week prior to the opening of the new school year on school websites and in students' Home Base portal accounts. Each year, bus stops change based on the students who ride the route.
What if my child needs an afternoon stop other than our home address (Boys & Girls Club, babysitter, grandparent, etc.)?
Requests for alternate stops for before- and after-school care and transportation requests for transfer students may be made beginning on November 24, 2020, at the link listed above. DO NOT COMPLETE THE TRANSPORTATION REQUEST FORM BEFORE THIS DATE.
How can I find out if the bus is running off schedule in the morning?
Parents may utilize the Here Comes the Bus App or view bus schedule information at this live link: Bus Schedule Updates.