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School Bus Information

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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).

Bus Driver Shortage

While the City continues to recruit and train additional bus drivers, there is still very limited space on buses. Learn more about alternatives to bus transportation (including information about expanded walk zones).

Behavior and Guidelines

Students are expected to behave well on the bus, following school rules as outlined in the “Family Guide to School Bus Safety” in the Student Rights and Responsibilities guide. 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.

Not Using the Bus?

  • If this student does not need this bus seat, please tell your school as soon as possible since we have students on a waiting list.
  • If a student does not ride the bus for 10 consecutive school days, the seat may be reassigned to a student from the waiting list.

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.

    Questions regarding bus stop change requests?

    • Call 970-3532