Phone: (804) 556-5361 Fax: (804) 784-5146 Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 6:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Our Transportation Department is an integral part of the Goochland County Public Schools mission to maximize the potential of every learner. In many cases, our drivers are the first point of school contact for students as they begin their school day. While our immediate charge is to transport students safely and efficiently, at the heart of our mission is a desire to establish lasting, positive relationships with and among our student riders.
In the interest of the safety and welfare of our school passengers, Goochland County Public Schools maintain strict transportation discipline and safety regulations. The bus driver is responsible for the safety of your child(ren), but they can only fulfill this with your help. Please remember to take time to review our posted bus rules, safety procedures, and guidelines to ensure that we work together to make this mission possible.
School Bus Request
Use this Google Form to request a bus. You can also use this form to submit a change of address, change in pick up or drop off, or review of the current bus stop. A printed version is at each school. Please note all changes can take up to 5 days. Information will be sent via email obtained from PowerSchool. Don’t forget to follow our bus on our Viafy parent app!
Bus Stop Policy
Parent(s) or their designees are requested to accompany their young child(ren) to and from the bus stop. Specifically, Pre-K through 3rd students require an approval individual physically present to receive the student in the afternoon. Students should arrive at the bus stop at least 5 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. The Transportation Department may set acceptable distance to stops at .30/mile- elementary and .50/mile- middle and high school.
Please remember these important safety guidelines:
- Arrive at the bus stop 5 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
- Wait quietly and as far away from the road as possible.
- Do not approach the bus until it comes to a complete stop. If you must cross look both ways and wait for the driver’s signal to board the bus.
- Students should use the handrail when entering and exiting the bus.
- Students should move directly to a seat, sit facing the front, and hold belongings in their lap. Students will remain seated when the bus is in motion.
- Students should keep the aisle clear. No student shall at any time extend his/her head, hands, arms, or throw any objects out of the windows of the bus.
- Students will speak quietly and talk to the driver only in emergencies.
- Use emergency doors and windows only in emergencies or during official practices.
- If you drop anything outside the bus, leave it. Get permission from your driver before picking it up.
- The danger zone is the area on all sides of the bus where children are in the most danger of not being seen by the driver (ten feet in front of the bus where the driver may be too high to see a child, ten feet on either side of the bus, where a child may be in the driver’s blind spot, and the area behind the school bus).
- An adult must be present at the bus stop in order for children in grades Prek-3rd to be discharged from the bus or the child will be returned to school.
Conduct on Buses
Virginia Code, § 22.1-176, permits school boards to provide transportation for pupils but does not require them to do so. Riding the bus is a privilege, students are expected to conduct themselves on the bus in a manner consistent with established standards for classroom behavior. Students who violate rules or whose behavior could be detrimental to the safety of others or the safe operation of the bus may have riding privileges suspended or revoked.
The school principal may suspend or revoke the riding privileges of students and/or take other disciplinary actions for students who are violating the Student Code of Conduct. If a student’s riding privileges are suspended or revoked, the student’s parent(s) or designee is responsible for ensuring the student gets to and from school.