Frequently Asked Questions
What time should my child get to the bus stop?
Students should be ready and waiting for the bus at least 10 minutes before the bus is expected to arrive. Actual stop times will vary during the first few weeks of school. We urge parents to be patient as routes settle. Unexpected traffic congestion could also cause buses to be delayed. In the event that your child's bus is considerably delayed, please contact your child's zone-specific transportation office.
My child does not have a bus stop; how do I get one and how long will it take?
In order to request yellow school bus services, parents will have to contact their child's school. Once the information is received at the school, transportation requests may take 3-5 business days to process.
We moved and need to change my child’s address. How do I do this?
If your family has moved, you will need to contact your child's school to update your address and request a change in transportation.
My child has never ridden the bus, but a bus already comes to my neighborhood; can my child just get on the bus?
For the safety of each child riding a bus in our district, we do not allow students without a confirmed assignment on a school bus. Please contact your child's school to request transportation.
My child’s bus has not shown up and/or is late; who can I call?
Parents are encouraged to sign-up for Here Comes The Bus (HCTB). Here Comes The Bus is a school bus tracking app which shows the real-time location of the bus. It provides scheduled and actual arrival times at home and school, as well as push and email notifications when the bus is near. Registration is required. Registration information can be accessed here.
The Transportation Department has 11 dedicated offices across the district to serve Guilford County Schools. Each office is assigned schools within their zone. These offices have the most up to date information on your child’s bus. Your zone-specific office should be called if you experience a late bus. You may find zone office information on our webpage or by clicking here.
Why are buses sometimes late?
School bus drivers can have the same reasons as all drivers for being late. Traffic delays, weather conditions, accidents or illness are just a few reasons. School buses can also experience mechanical breakdowns that may cause delays in picking students up on time. In cases where the regularly assigned bus or driver is unable to pick up students, a separate bus and driver are dispatched to pick up the students as quickly as possible. If you have specific questions about your student’s bus, please contact the transportation area office that serves your child’s school.
If the bus is late, will my child be marked tardy?
No, students are not marked tardy if their school bus arrives late to school. Our goal is to ensure on-time arrival each day. We understand that when buses are delayed it impedes on the student’s educational day.
Why do buses get delayed at start of the school year?
As many students transition to new schools and new buses, delays can sometimes occur when a new schedule is provided to the driver. Keep in mind delays can also occur as a result of items outside of the control of the driver such as traffic, construction etc.
How do bus drivers receive communication on the bus?
All buses have two-way radios so the driver can be contacted or call for help. They are also equipped with GPS systems to help locate vehicles in the rare event of an emergency. GPS allows the Transportation team to track and monitor on-time arrival.
Do school buses have seatbelts?
Some GCS buses are equipped with seatbelts. School buses transporting Pre-K students must use safety restraint systems while on the bus.
How soon can I submit a request for an alternate stop?
If you need to change the morning or afternoon bus stop for your child, you may do so by contacting your child's school.
Are parents and/or authorized persons required to accompany a Pre-K student at a bus stop?
Parents and/or an authorized person are required to accompany a Pre-K-aged student at the bus stop. A bus driver may not release a Pre-K child from the bus unless this person(s) is present at the bus stop. Students in grades K-3 must have an adult (parent/guardian), present at the bus stop in order to be discharged from the bus.
All other students, grades 4-12, may wait for the bus and be discharged from the bus without the presence of an adult and/or authorized responsible party.
When do I need to contact my child's school about transportation?
Please contact the school regarding transportation if your child is:
- Starting school for the first time. (Kindergarten student)
- When your child is graduating to another school. (Elementary to Middle or Middle to High)
- When you have moved to another address.