Bus Transportation

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. More than 65 percent of APS students ride buses to and from school. The Arlington School Board Transportation Policy E-5.1 outlines eligibility for transportation, and the Policy Implementation Procedures E-5.1 PIP-1 provides additional information about “Pupil Transportation.” Both are available through the School Board policies online.

Bus Stop Changes for Jefferson and Kenmore Neighborhood Transfer Students Starting September 2019 

Bus Service for 2019-20 and 2020-21 School Years (Español)

In the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years, Jefferson and Kenmore students who transferred from their home neighborhood schools in 2018-2019 will be assigned to centralized “hub” stop locations or nearby bus stops within Jefferson and Kenmore boundaries.  Hub stops are central locations—such as a community center or school—where students from several neighborhoods meet to catch the bus to their school.  Centralized stops reduce travel time to schools and allow us to fill more seats on the bus.

Bus Stop Assignments for the 2020-21 School Year 

Eighth grade students residing outside the Kenmore and Jefferson boundaries will be assigned either to the nearest “hub” bus stop or to a bus stop within Jefferson and Kenmore boundaries.  Students will be assigned to the stop closest to their homes.

Bus Service After June 2021

Beginning with the 2021-22 school year, families whose students use a neighborhood transfer to attend Jefferson or Kenmore  will be responsible for their students’ transportation.

Summer School Bus Stop Information

For summer school bus information click here.

Transportation Letters for Next School Year

Transportation information is transmitted to families in mid to late August.

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.