Transportation Changes for the 2012-13 School Year In July, APS families should have received a letter from the Superintendent about the new bus transportation initiative. APS is preparing for the new school year and remains committed to providing the very best in customer service to our families. APS will continue to do everything to provide students with safe, efficient and seamless transportation services. Over the summer, APS heard from a number of families, and the Transportation Services Office has initiated a plan of action to address the comments that were shared. The Transportation Department continues to work to develop routes that are safe and more efficient. As we prepare for the start of school, help is needed to ensure a smooth beginning for the 2012-13 school year. Student Address: Please be sure that the residency information on file for your student is correct. It is the parent or guardian’s responsibility to update this information with the school whenever changes occur, and to provide the appropriate documentation for proof of residence. Your correct address is critical for the effective rollout of the new transportation system and to ensure that APS can maintain close communication with families about this transition and other news or issues throughout the year. If necessary, please contact your school office to provide current information. Transportation Assignment Letters: Transportation Services will be mailing letters to the parents of APS students who are eligible for bus transportation later this month. Please look for your letter in the mail the week of August 20. It will include your child’s bus route number, bus stop and pickup time. The lower portion of the letter includes a “voucher.” Please be sure to tear it off and have your child carry it and present it to the driver when boarding the bus. Walker Letters: A separate letter will be mailed for children who live in the school “walk zone.” Bus transportation is available only for students who are eligible for transportation and have received a transportation “voucher” in the mail. Otherwise, it is our hope that you will encourage your student to walk or bike to school – this is a healthier option and will also help our environment by reducing the number of cars transporting students to and from school. Information about biking or walking to school is available online at www.apsva.us/schoolwalkmaps or www.walkarlington.com. Special Exceptions: Many APS families often request changes, particularly for afternoon transportation, to accommodate childcare, after school activities or other special needs. If you need to request a change in the normal routing for your student, please contact your school office before August 31. As always, Transportation will do their best to meet your family’s needs. Questions? If you have questions about these upcoming changes, a list of Frequently Asked Questions is online at www.apsva.us/transportation. For questions about your child’s bus stop or pickup time, please call the Transportation Services Call Center at 703-228-8670 (open 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays) or the main Transportation Services number at 703-228-6640 (5 a.m. – 6 p.m. weekdays).