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.
Transportation Letters for Next School Year
In the last week of August, students who are eligible for transportation services will receive a letter that includes their bus route, bus stop, and pickup time.
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 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 2019-20 School Year
All students 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. Families can review a map with the location of hub bus stops and routes at their school over the summer and will receive their bus stop assignments for 2019-20 towards the end of summer.
If a different bus stop on the same route is more convenient, families may contact the school for reassignment. To change to a stop on a different route, families should complete a Request for a Route/Bus Stop Change form and submit to their school. A response from APS Transportation may take up to three weeks after the start of school in order to evaluate bus loads and determine if there is space available on the bus. While awaiting a response, families should report to their assigned bus stops until notified otherwise.
Bus Service After June 2021
Beginning with the 2021-22 school year, families whose students use a neighborhood transfer to attend a school that is not their home neighborhood school nor a countywide option program will be responsible for their students’ transportation.
Summer School Bus Stop Information
For summer school bus information click here.
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.