The APS Transportation Department is responsible for the safe and timely transportation of students attending Arlington Public Schools. Free school bus transportation is provided to and from school for students living beyond a 1-mile walking distance from elementary schools and a 1.5-miles walking distance from middle and high schools. Over 45 percent of APS students ride buses to and from school.
The Arlington School Board Transportation Policy 50-5 outlines eligibility for transportation, and the Policy Implementation Procedures 50-5.1 provides additional information about "Pupil Transportation." Both are available online
Courtesy Bus Service
Arlington Public Schools Transportation Services is offering Courtesy Bus Service on a very limited basis to students who live near the walk zone boundary of the school they attend. (More
NEW for 2012-13 School Year
Recognizing that Arlington County and APS continue to grow and change, in the fall of 2011 APS hired an outside consultant to conduct an efficiency study of our Transportation Services operations to help identify the best ways to streamline and improve operations while continuing to ensure safe and reliable service for all APS students who are eligible for bus transportation.
Assigning students to a specific route and bus stop will address critical safety concerns for students who ride the bus, and allow school leaders to better communicate and serve families when a delay or other changes in service are experienced.
In the third week in August, students who are eligible for transportation services will receive a letter that includes their bus route, bus stop, and pickup time. The lower portion of the letter will include a "bus pass" for the student to present to the driver when boarding the bus.
Also in the third week in August, a separate letter will be mailed to students living in schools' "walk zones." Bus transportation is available only for eligible students who receive a "bus pass" in the mail. All others are designated as "walkers." Families are asked to encourage students to walk or bike to school – this is a healthier option and will also benefit the environment by reducing the number of cars transporting students to and from school.
Transporting Students with Temporary Disabilities
Students who need assistance boarding a school bus due to a temporary disability (such as a cast or use of crutches or a wheel chair) may receive special transportation upon recommendation of the school nurse. Parents should notify the school as soon as possible if their child needs such temporary assistance. The principal will help arrange for safe, appropriate transportation to and from school.