As each school year begins, here are a few points to remember. All new riders and those with address changes must submit an ACS Transportation Request form in order to be assigned to a bus. If you switch schools either by choice of a new elementary or by promoting to middle or high school, then you are a new rider for that school. Please submit a request to your school in order to receive bus service. The form is available by links on this page or at any ACS school office.
Bus stops are created at specific designated locations and bus drivers must adhere to their route directions and stop locations. Please do not ask your bus driver to make additional stops. Student bus information will come from your child's school. Some stops may change each year as students move in and out of an area so always check with the school when school starts each year to re-confirm this information. Asheville City Schools is dedicated to providing safe and effective transportation for all eligible students to and from the closest designated bus stop location from and to home. Buses do not make door to door stops to pick up students. The school's assistant principal is the bus administrator for your child's school.
If your address has changed, please go to your child's school with the proper documentation and fill out a student information change form as well as a new transportation request. A student information change form is also available on the ACS website. Once this is processed, you will be notified of your child's new stop time and location by receiving a copy of the completed transportation request form.
The ACS Code of Conduct includes a copy of the ACS Bus Rules & Regulations Contract. Please refer to this document for a more detailed list of bus do's and don't's.
Bus stop times are approximate, so please make sure your students are at their designated stops in plenty of time to be ready for the bus to arrive. Bus drivers do not honk to let you know they are there and can not wait if your child is not at the bus stop. The Asheville City School district is a relatively small system geographically compared to other school systems across the state. However, since Asheville City Schools has magnet schools instead of traditional neighborhood schools, transportation becomes more complex. Asheville City School buses travels at least 1,700 miles a day providing transportation to 2,400 students utilizing 29 buses. Due to continued concerns regarding the state education budget, ACS works hard to keep our routes as efficient as possilbe in advance of any state directive to cut more daily miles in difficult budget times.
Please go to www.ncbussafety.org for more school bus information and activities.
Sue Tripp, Transportation Coordinator
Darren Barkett, Safety/Transportation Specialist
828 350 6152