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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 and Options and Transfers Policy 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.

2023-24 Bus assignments for bus-eligible students will be posted in ParentVUE in August.

For security reasons, bus routes are only available through ParentVue or through parent requests to their child’s school. Please call your school for information about specific routes.

Reminders for Option Schools & Transfer Students

Hub Stops for Option Schools

As a reminder, APS is using hub stops for option schools to shorten trips to and from school and improve efficiency and reliability. Read more about hub stops.

Transportation Reminder for Jefferson and Kenmore Neighborhood Transfer Students

Families whose students use a neighborhood transfer to attend Jefferson or Kenmore will be responsible for their students’ transportation. No bus service is provided.

Transportation on Early Release Days

Families should review early release times for their school on the Schools & Centers page. Dismissal buses are scheduled to arrive at the afternoon stop based on the early release times. Families of elementary students should expect buses to arrive at their stops approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes earlier than on full days.

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.

Summer School Bus Information

2023 summer school transportation information will be posted in ParentVue and available in late June.

To limit bus ride times and ensure buses are full and get to school on time, bus stops for middle and high school students will be located at central stop locations such as elementary schools.  Students will be assigned to the closest stop.  Elementary students who are attending a cluster location will pick up the bus at central locations as well.

Transportation Call Center staff will be available on specific dates and times in June and July to assist families with summer school bus inquiries. Please check back for updates. Families will also be able to email transportation@apsva.us for assistance.


If you experience a problem with your child’s bus (i.e.,the bus was late or did not show up) call the Transportation Department at (703) 228-6640 from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.