What you need to know if your child rides a school bus
At Lexington County School District One, we hope to make your child’s school bus experience safe, pleasant and efficient.
Each school has a list of school buses serving that school. Get that list from your child’s school page here.
Before the first day, make sure your child knows his or her home address (street name and house number, not bus route number), telephone number and school bus number.
Please help your child understand and obey all school bus rules. These rules appear in your child’s Student Handbook. Here is some of the most important information to keep in mind.
- On the first day of school, your child should wait outside your home for the bus. The bus driver will tell your child where to wait for the bus after that.
- Your child needs to begin riding the bus right away. We need to know exactly how many students will ride each bus as soon as possible. For instance, new students may have moved to your area over the summer. As a result, we may need to adjust bus pick-up times, drop-off times or even the route itself in order to make your child’s ride shorter and more comfortable. We also use this information to justify additional routes or buses.
- Your child’s bus route will stabilize within two weeks. Once this happens, there should be no more than a 10-minute fluctuation in times from day to day.
- After the first 20 school days, state law prohibits the district from operating overloaded school buses. If we need to make some other type of adjustment, however, we will do so after the first two weeks of school and notify you accordingly.
If your child needs to be dropped off somewhere other than your home (a neighbor’s house or day care center for example), you must apply for an exception. You can do this by filling out the Special Request for Space Available Transportation form at your student’s home school. This form must be submitted, signed and approved by a school administrator at your child’s school before the Transportation Office can make any route changes. This process may take three to five days.
We transport students for child care purposes only if we have the space available and only within your child’s attendance area. We will let you know, by the third week of the school year, if we can accommodate your request.
Once school starts, if your child wants to go home one afternoon with another child who rides a different school bus, you need to check with the appropriate official (usually an assistant principal) at your child’s school. Please do not send your child to school with a permission slip giving him/her permission to ride another bus without first checking with that school official.
Kindergartners ride the regular elementary route school buses that serve your street. They board/depart those buses at the regular bus stops.
However, a parent/guardian or an adult authorized by a parent/ guardian must accompany the kindergarten student to the bus stop and put that kindergartner on the school bus every morning and meet the school bus at the bus stop when it returns.
Make sure you submit a request for midday transportation at your child’s school by filling out the New Student (Kindergarten Only) Transportation Request and Information form.
If your student is in the morning 4-year-old kindergarten program, your student will ride the regular elementary route school buses that serve your street and board those buses at the regular bus stops.
At midday, the district provides door-to-door return service for 4-year-old kindergarten students attending the morning program and picks up 4-year-old kindergarten students attending the afternoon program as long as the bus can come down the street, turn around and exit safely.
A parent/guardian or an adult authorized by a parent/guardian must put the student on the school bus every day and meet the school bus when it returns.
The 4-year-old kindergarten route driver will contact each student’s parent/guardian prior to the beginning of classes to arrange midday pick-up and drop-off times.
Make sure you submit a request for midday transportation at your student’s school by filling out the New Student (Kindergarten Only) Transportation Request and Information form.
How to Contact Us
It is not unusual for pick-up and drop-off times to fluctuate by five to 10 minutes. Because of this, please wait until your child’s bus is more than 10 minutes late before calling the appropriate Transportation Supervisor.
If you need answers to any other questions, it would be helpful if you call after the morning bus routes end at 8:30 a.m.
Gilbert Routes: 803-821-1351
Pelion Routes: 803-821-1352
Lexington Routes: 803-821-1340
White Knoll Routes: 803-821-1353
Specialized Transportation Routes: 803-821-1344