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.
Transportation Update for 2016-2017 School Year
Letters providing information about transportation services for your student for the 2016-17 school year will be mailed during the week of August 24 to allow us time to adjust our routes to accommodate newly-registered children. Transportation letters for students who have been identified with special transportation accommodations intheir IEPs will be mailed to families on August 31.
In the last 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.
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.
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.
Thank You To All
The APS Transportation Department would like to sincerely thank schools, parents, students, and the Arlington community for all of their patience and understanding over the last few weeks while we worked out transportation issues that increased enrollment and routes presented. We have more students, more buses, and more routes this school year than we have ever had in the history of APS(15,162 students eligible for transportation, 142 routes, 378 a.m. runs, 464 p.m. runs, and 173 buses). State and national bus driver shortages have further complicated timely and efficient transportation of our students this school year, so we are especially grateful for you bearing with us these last few weeks. If you have an inquiry, request or concern, please contact us at the Transportation Call Center at (703) 228-6640 or e-mail us at: email@example.com . We look forward to a safe and successful school year.