Young girl on the bus

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q:  My child has never ridden the school bus?  How do I request transportation?

    A:  In order to request bus transportation, parents should complete the online Transportation Preference Form.  Once completed, this information is sent directly to the Data Manager at your child's school for processing.  Once processed at the school level, your transportation preferences are automatically forwarded to the Transportation Department.  

    Q:  Is it true I no longer have to complete the online Transportation Preference Form at the start of the new school year?

    A:   If your student rode the bus last school year as an eligible student and the student will remain at the same school and continue to utilize the same morning and afternoon bus stops on the originally approved request for the 2021-2022 school year, a new Transportation Preference Form should not be submitted.  

    Q:  I do not have access to a computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.  Can I complete a paper copy of the Transportation Preference Form?

    A:  No.  Transportation requests are only accepted online.  If you need assistance completing the online form, please contact your child's school directly.   

    Q:  Last year my student received transportation to a different school.  Do I need to complete a new Transportation Preference Form?

    A:  Yes.  If a student is eligible to receive transportation a new Transportation Preference Form is needed to make a new bus assignment.

    Q: My child requires special transportation.  Do I need to complete the online Transportation Preference Form?

    A:  No.  Special transportation is a related service for students who require specialized accommodations and/or equipment to travel to and from school.  Families who qualify for special transportation should contact the EC School Support Coordinator at their school for any transportation requests or changes.     

    Q:  When my transportation is approved, how will I be notified?  

    A:  Once completed, bus assignments are made available through 1) Parent PowerSchool Portal, 2) 21-22 Bus Assignment Locator and 3) Here Comes the Bus (HCTB).   

    Q:  What time should my child be at the bus stop?

    A:  Students should be ready and waiting for the bus at least ten (10) minutes prior to the scheduled arrival time.  Actual stop times will vary during the first few weeks of school.  Parents are encouraged to be patient as bus routes settle.  Unexpected traffic congestion could also cause delays.  In the event your child's bus is considerably delayed, please contact the Zone Transportation Office for your child's school.    

    Q: How long is the bus ride?

    A: The ride time for students can vary.  Route length is determined by the bus route, location of the school.  

    Q: Why was my child assigned to a First Student bus and not a Guilford County School Bus? 

    A:  All school buses are the same and meet all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for school buses.  Buses vary in size and have different capacities.  GCS strives to provide safe transportation for all students. 

    Q:  What happens if my child is approved for transportation, receives a bus assignment, and does not ride?

    A:  If an eligible student is assigned to a bus route and does not ride for ten (10) consecutive days, the student will be removed from the bus route.  Once removed, if transportation is needed again, the student must reapply for transportation via the online Transportation Preference Form.  

    Q:  I need multiple pick-up and/or drop-off locations on different days of the week.  Is this possible?

    A:  No, we would not be able to accommodate requests for multiple pick-up and/or drop-off locations.  Students are allowed one (1) AM stop location and/or one (1) PM stop location Monday through Friday.  

    Q:  If I know there is a bus stop with service to the school near my home, can my student start riding the bus while my request is being processed?

    A:  For the safety of each student riding the bus, we do not allow students to ride without a confirmed bus assignment.  The student may begin riding once approved by Transportation.  At the beginning of the school year, due to the number of requests received after the deadline, transportation requests may take up to 10 business days to process.  Requests are processed in the order received.    

    Q:  How do bus drivers receive communication on the bus?

    A.  All buses are equipped with two-way radios so the driver can be contacted or call for help. They are also equipped with GPS systems to help the Transportation team, as well as school administrators, track and monitor bus routes.