This is a friendly reminder for parents and students from the ACPS Transportation Department:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the restricted seating capacity of the school buses, students will be required to ride their assigned bus. Students with previous assignments to a daycare provider will still ride to and from that location. Parents’ notes asking for students to ride to and from school with a friend now must be denied by the schools. In the event of an extreme emergency, the transportation department will evaluate the request to determine the availability of a seat on the bus for the requested day.
Buses that are identified as being overcrowded will be examined to confirm the assigned students for that bus, and students that are not assigned to the bus will be required to find alternative transportation. This will include elementary and middle school out-of-district students utilizing a daycare provider in the school of attendance district.
Parents and students can check their bus assignment by using the info finder I app in the quick link section of the ACPS website. Please direct any questions to the transportation department by calling 301-729-3773.
ACPS Bus Change Announcements
The Transportation Department, in cooperation with the Local School Bus Contractor, has made changes to Bus #26 Allegany High School route, in the PM only, due to the lack of a bus driver. This will be temporary until drivers have been adequately trained to drive the route. The following stops for Bus #26 have been divided and placed on Bus #21 and #18.
The times and stops will go into effect Tuesday, December 3, 2019.
The Transportation Department, in cooperation with the Local School Bus Contractor, has made changes to two elementary school buses, in the afternoon only, due to the lack of a driver. This will be temporary, and affects Cresaptown and Westside Elementary Schools. These changes may result in drop off times being 5 - 10 minutes later than in the past.
Starting Tuesday, December 3, 2019:
- At Westside, Bus #27 will replace Bus #26 in the afternoon only.
- At Cresaptown, Bus #28 will replace Bus #21 in the afternoon only.
IMPORTANT UPDATES: Main Street in Mt. Savage is currently closed due to bridge construction. ACPS Bus #52 to and from Mountain Ridge High School will have an altered pick-up and drop-off location for the stop at Mt. Savage Road @ Cobblestone Road. These students will need to go to Iron Rail Street @ Cobblestone Road until the construction is complete. The pick-up and drop-off times will remain the same.
The mission of the transportation department is to provide safe, efficient, and reliable services for eligible students. Elementary students living more than one (1) mile from the school or bus stop are eligible for transportation services. Secondary (middle and high) students living more than one and one-half (1.5) miles from the school or bus stop are eligible for transportation services. These distances are measured from the end of the school property line/bus stop to the property line of the student's home unless the property does not border a state, county, or city road. In this case, the distance is measured to the end of the state, county, or city road maintenance. The ACPS fleet of 103 privately-owned vehicles and 28 county-owned vehicles travel more than 9300 miles transporting over 6000 eligible students daily. The Board of Education is committed to the safety of students who ride a school bus to school. It is, therefore, required that there be appropriate and proper conduct, attitudes, behavior, and discipline on the part of all bus passengers. It is imperative that students conduct themselves in the expected manner that will in no way interfere with or distract the driver from driving and operating the bus in a safe and prudent manner at all times. It is essential that parents take an active role in being responsible for their child's conduct on the school bus. ACPS drivers utilize 10 basic rules to maintain appropriate student behavior. It is recognized by the Board that the opportunity to ride the school bus is a privilege extended to students, a privilege which may be denied or suspended when and if a student’s conduct on the bus potentially affects the safety of other students, the driver, or the motoring public. All Maryland public school transportation is regulated by Code of Maryland Regulation (COMAR) - Student Transportation: 13A.06.07 through the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).