Students who live within the county and outside of walking zones are provided free transportation to and from designated bus stops to the student’s zoned school. Transportation is also available for many after-school activities.
Bus Schedules and Stops
The York County School Division has added a new software system to manage school bus transportation. The system is designed to improve bus routing efficiencies and bus tracking while a bus is on its assigned route.
Beginning the week of August 21, families can use the system to find regular bus routes, bus stops and bus stop times for the 2017-18 school year by going to yorkcountyschools.org/BusRoutes. The information will also be available at all schools during Open House and New Student Orientation.
The arrival time is an automated estimate for all regular full school days; actual arrival times are determined by school departure time, travel distance, traffic, route design and student needs.
By the second quarter of the school year, the division will activate the MyStop software that will provide information about the child's bus while it is traveling the assigned route. The MyStop app includes notifications if a child's bus is running behind schedule.
Bus Routes and MyStop can be accessed through the school division and all school websites as well as the new YCSD app.
NOTE: Runs are continually updated through the first month of school.
Students should arrive at the bus stop no more than 15 minutes and no less than 10 minutes prior to the time for them to be picked up. All stop times are approximate and based on distance between stops. Actual times can vary based on conditions that include traffic, the number of students loading or unloading at any given stop as well as new stops being added/removed due to student enrollment changes; therefore, students should remain at the bus stop for at least 15 minutes beyond normal pick up time.
Secondary students may be required to walk up to .4 mile and elementary students .25 mile to a bus stop. Bus stops for after-school activities can require some secondary students to walk up to 1 mile.
Walking to School
Walking to school is discouraged except in neighborhoods designated as walking zones.
Following are the schools with neighborhoods designated as walking zones:
- Bethel Manor Elementary School - part of attendance area
- Coventry Elementary School - part of Coventry subdivision
- Dare Elementary School - Grafton Station Apartments
- Mt. Vernon Elementary and Tabb Middle Schools - Kings Villa and Plantation Acres
- Grafton Middle and Grafton High Schools - Glen Laurel and Grafton Woods subdivisions
Students must have written permission from parents and the approval of the school to walk from neighborhoods in which transportation is provided. Walkers should not arrive at school more than 15 minutes before the beginning of the school day. Walkers must wait until buses have departed before leaving school grounds.
Any other information needed in reference to school division transportation should be directed to the Transportation Department at 757-898-0344.
Students who are brought to school by private means of transportation should arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before the start of the school day. Teachers have assigned responsibilities prior to the beginning of classes. Responsibility for the supervision of students who arrive earlier will not be accepted by the school. All students who go home by means of private transportation must be picked up at the appropriate dismissal time. Private vehicles are not permitted in areas designated for the loading and unloading of school buses. Please observe signs that are posted at school entrance ways. Private vehicles on school board property can be searched if there is a cause to suspect violation of school board policy.
Fire Lanes are not parking zones. Fire Lanes in front of York County School Division schools provide rescue vehicles with unencumbered access to the schools in the event of an emergency. Fire Lanes are marked with yellow paint and/or "No Parking: Fire Lane" signs. Only driver-attended school buses are allowed to stop in Fire Lanes for student pick-up and drop-off. Unauthorized parking in a Fire Lane is a violation of the law as well as a safety hazard.