Kiss and Ride 

The Kiss & Ride is a designated area for parents picking up or dropping off their children by private vehicle. The area is separate from the bus loading/unloading location so there is no conflict between the two operations.  For the Kiss & Ride to function properly, several procedures MUST be followed:

Morning Drop-Off – Starts at 8:30 A.M. –students should be in their classrooms no later than 8:45 A.M. (NO EARLY DROP-OFFS)         

  1. School staff will provide supervision.
  2. The cars should pull up to the drop-off area.  The cars in line should wait until they are at the drop-off point to unload students.
  3. Drivers remain in the car.
  4. Children unload from the PASSENGER side of the car only so they will not have to cross in front of other cars.  Students should enter the school through the breezeway.
  5. Cars must stay in a single file line as they move through the Kiss & Ride area.
  6. Parents who want to enter the school must park in an available parking space or on the street. They are NOT to enter the Kiss & Ride line in this case. 
  7. Plan ahead – the Kiss & Ride area can be congested!

Afternoon Pick-Up – Starts at 3:30 PM and ends at 3:45 PM

  1. Cars should enter the Kiss & Ride line and move up as far as possible in the line.  The first car should pull up to the drop-off/pick-up mark.  Follow staff directions and cones to assist with traffic flow.
  2. Parents MUST stay in the car while waiting in the Kiss & Ride line.  Do NOT get out of your car to help load student’s belongings.  Kiss & Ride staff will assist your child.
  3. Place your assigned number in the right corner of your front windshield when picking up your child.  We will use that number to get your child safely from the building to your car.
  4. Students must walk with a staff member or safety patrol to their cars – no running!
  5. Any child not picked up when Kiss & Ride ends will be taken to the office. Parents must then come to the office and sign their child out.

Bicycle/Walking Safety

Recognizing the health benefits, FCPS encourages parents to consider having their children walk and/or ride a bicycle to and from school.  This parental decision is not subject to review by the principal. The unique procedures for kindergarten students are addressed in the current version of Regulation 8617, Student Transportation – Eligibility, Routes, and Schedules.

Bicycles

  • Obey safety patrols, and automobile traffic rules, including signaling for turns and stopping at intersections.
  • Bikes can be locked to the bike rack.
  • Bicycle helmets are mandatory to ride to school!

Walkers

  • Walking students must use designated paths, sidewalks, or the crosswalk where safety patrols are stationed.
  • Walkers are released from the from the main entrance.

Bus Riders

FCPS provides bus transportation for students who reside more than a mile from the school. Bus riders should follow these guidelines:

  • Refrain from crossing or playing on private property.
  • Cooperate with the safety patrols and obey the bus drivers.
  • Arrive at the bus stop at least 5 minutes before the scheduled pick-up time.
  • Remain seated and talk quietly after boarding the bus.

Procedures for safe transportation are included in the SR&R. It is also important that parents review this information with their child(ren).  Parents’ reinforcement of the rules for safe loading and unloading of buses and of standards for behavior on buses and at bus stops is essential and will promote safety.  Student failure to exhibit acceptable standards of conduct while riding a school bus can result in a suspension of bus transportation.

Kindergarten Parents: 

  • For your child’s safety, a parent, daycare provider, designated adult, or a sibling in 7th grade or higher is required to meet your child at the bus stop/bus door. If such person is not at the bus stop/bus door, the child will be returned to school.

Bus Delay Notification System

  • This system provides parents with timely notification of late bus route information.  Parents may access the system at the link below or use the FCPS Mobile App to receive the delayed bus report. Morning route information will be available until noon. The afternoon route information will be available from 1-5 p.m.  
  • Need assistance or have questions?  Contact the transportation office at 703-249-7000.  

FCPS School Bus Delays

Transportation Services