- Zone Office Contacts
- Zone 1 - East Area
- Zone 2 - North Area
- Zone 3 - Northwest Area
- Zone 4 - West Zone
- Zone 5 - Northeast Area
Our county covers 244 square miles and is separated into five transportation zones.
If you have a question about your child’s bus route, please click on the appropriate zone to get contact information for the zone office supervisor for your school.
FAQ: Seat belts on Henrico County school buses
What changes is the school division making with its buses?
In November 2017, Henrico Schools will begin using lap-and-shoulder (or 3-point) seat belts aboard 24 newly purchased buses. This represents a small fraction of school division’s bus fleet, which totals more than 600 buses, so buses without seat belts will likely continue to be used for many years.
When will my student’s bus have seat belts?
The new buses are expected to begin service during the week of Nov. 13-17.
Will using a seat belt be mandatory for my student?
No. Seat belt use will be voluntary. As school seat belts are installed, affected students and families will be informed about expectations and requirements regarding seat belts, and the reasons for those decisions.
Most school buses don’t have seat belts now. How do those buses address student safety?
School buses are the safest passenger vehicles on the road today, even without seat belts. Since school buses are tall and heavy, passengers experience less impact force during a collision than they would in a car. School buses also use a concept called “compartmentalization” to limit the impact of a collision on passengers. The concept, backed by continued research, uses the high, heavily anchored and padded bus seats as passenger compartments. In the event of a collision, these special compartments absorb the impact and disperse it throughout a passenger’s body, instead of solely the head and neck. The National Transportation Safety Board cites compartmentalization as a factor in the outstanding safety record of school buses.
Does Virginia law address the issue of school bus seat belts?
Current Virginia laws requiring minors to use seat belts in passenger cars do not apply to school buses. The 2017 General Assembly did consider a bill requiring seat belts on new school buses, with a goal of all buses in the commonwealth having seat belts by 2027. The bill has not become law.
Do any other Virginia cities or counties have school buses equipped with seat belts?
While some localities have seat belts on buses used by exceptional education students, including Henrico County, no school division has seat belts on its other buses.
Do other states require seat belts on buses?
Five states require seat belts on buses: California, Florida, Nevada, New Jersey and New York. Louisiana and Texas require bus seat belts only if state funding can be found. During the 2016-17 school year, some school districts in North Carolina began participating in a project using 3-point belts on school buses.
Do any HCPS buses have seat belts now?
Some do. Buses for exceptional education students bought since 2008 have lap belts (or 2-point belts) either in all the seats or only in the first four rows of seats. Some students have Individualized Education Plans, or IEPs, that specify the use of seat belts. Until now, HCPS buses that aren’t used by exceptional education students don’t have seat belts.
What if I have more questions?
Contact the Department of Pupil Transportation at 804-226-5577 or email director Josh Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow all directions from the driver or assistant.
Remain in your seat at all times.
No pushing, shoving, fighting or loud noises at any time.
No cursing, abusive or disrespectful language or yelling out of the window.
No eating, drinking or smoking on the bus.
Do not litter, write on or damage the bus in any way.
No throwing objects.
The use of any type of unauthorized electronic or mechanical device is prohibited.
Following these simple rules will help you stay safe on the bus:
Always be on time at the bus stop.
Always stand back from the curb.
Always walk to and from the bus. Never run.
Always wait your turn to get on or off the bus. Never to push or shove.
Always stay in your seat unless the driver tells you otherwise.
Always keep the aisle in the bus clear.
Always talk quietly to the people sitting around you. Never yell and shout.
Always obey the driver. His or her job is to look out for your safety.
Always take at least 10 giant steps before turning when you get off the bus. This is so the driver can see you.
Always wait for the driver’s OK before crossing the street.
NEVER walk behind the bus.
NEVER crawl underneath a school bus. If you drop something, tell the driver and he or she will tell you what to do.
Join the ranks of the safest and greatest team of school bus drivers!
IMMEDIATE VACANICIES FOR FULL-TIME (CONTRACTED WITH BENEFITS) AND SUBSTITUTE BUS DRIVERS
Full-time bus driver: $14.61 per hour ($15.31 with experience)
Positions are available in all areas of Henrico County.
- Paid training
- Convenient work hours
- Holidays and summers off
Substitute bus driver: $13.91 per hour
Substitute bus assistants: $11.53 per hour
For more information and an application, call: 804-226-5577 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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Transportation is arranged from the neighborhood bus stop, using the student’s home address, and provided to each center or school. New students will complete a transportation registration form (provided by Specialty Center chair or JROTC instructor). Returning students will need to complete and return a transportation registration form mailed out in May.
Specialty center and JROTC students who reside outside of the school’s attendance zone will be transported as follows:
Students are picked up from neighborhood bus stops and transported to one of the four regional transfer hubs. These hubs are located at Highland Springs, Hermitage, Deep Run and Douglas Freeman high schools. Students will then board a bus identified to transport students from the hub to their school.
Families that choose to drop students off at the hub in the morning must arrive no later than 7:40 a.m.
Transportation personnel from the HCPS Department of Pupil Transportation will be stationed at the hubs to help direct students. Students must follow the direction of the transfer-hub coordinator. The school building at the transfer hub is not open for student access.
Students board a shuttle bus identified to return to the assigned hub. Students then board their assigned buses to go home to their neighborhood bus stop.
Maggie Walker Governor’s School students board a shuttle bus identified to return to the student’s home high school. Students then board their assigned bus to go home to their neighborhood bus stop.
The hub system is the most efficient way that we can provide transportation to students attending schools out of their home attendance zones. Some of the students have very lengthy travel times, especially those that live farthest from a regional hub. The high school morning bell rings at 8:55 a.m., but some students have neighborhood stop times earlier than 7 a.m. in the morning. In the afternoon, buses depart high schools by 4:05 p.m., but some students have neighborhood stop times later than 5:15 p.m. The hubs have to release all buses at the same time (morning and afternoon), so students with the shortest shuttles between the hub and school may (1) arrive at school quite early in the morning, and (2) have a delay at their afternoon hub waiting for all buses to arrive.