Facts, Data, Basics
Student Transportation and School Bus Information
Through the City of Charlottesville’s Pupil Transportation Department, our community provides school bus service for students who live in the City. We offer separate runs for elementary students , students in grades 5-8, and high schoolers. We also provide separate services for identified students with special needs. Finally, to encourage our students to participate in extra-curricular activities, at all our schools we provide an after-school “activities” bus that returns students home after clubs or sports practices. (CHS offers an activities bus at two different times.)
Back to School 2021: Bus Driver Shortage
While the City is trying to hire or arrange additional bus drivers, there will be very limited space on buses starting on August 25. If the City is able to expand routes, they will do so around September 14. So if your child is placed on a waiting list, the earliest they would be placed on the bus would be mid-September. For more detailed information, visit the Transportation section on our Return to Learn page.
Behavior and Guidelines
Students are expected to behave well on the bus, following school rules as outlined in the “Parent Guide to School Bus Safety” in the Code of Student Conduct. Students who present disciplinary challenges on the buses shall be reported to the principal and may have their riding privileges suspended.
Young Bus Riders
Parents/guardians (or their designee) are required to escort 1st grade and younger students to and from the bus.
Private Rentals of School Buses
We no longer offer bus service for weddings and other public events. Charter service will only be available to our long-time regular business partners.
The City of Charlottesville Pupil Transportation Department operates school bus service in Charlottesville. The City works in close contact with the schools’ assistant superintendent for finance and operations.
Call your school.
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