Understanding Bus Stops in Athens City Schools

  • Athens City Schools will change to a new bus stop system for all bus riders beginning August 2018. 

    • All bus riders will be picked up and dropped off at an area bus stop.
    • Enrolled students will be notified of their bus stop location & time by mail before schools starts.
    • Buses will be separated by grade groups; elementary (K-3), AIS (4-5) and AMS (6-8). Students will be assigned a bus according to their grade level.
    • Students must be enrolled in ACS to be assigned to a bus stop. To enroll, please visit Student Services & Enrollment.
    • Questions or comments should be directed to Mr. Mike Bishop.
    • To speak with someone about buses and bus stops, please email Mike Bishop or call 256.233.6637.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I find out the location of my child's bus stop?

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    To be assigned a bus stop, students must first be enrolled in Athens City Schools. Once you are enrolled, and if you request bus services, the transportation department will send a letter to your home identifying the location of your child’s bus stop along with bus stop times, policies and procedures. Notices will be sent over the summer of 2018 before school starts.

     

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  • What time will my child be picked up and dropped off?

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    Sometimes buses can be delayed due to traffic issues creating slight variations in the arrival time. Students should be at their bus stop 15 minutes before their designated pickup time. Due to the bus schedule, drivers cannot wait on students.

     

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  • Where are the bus stops located?

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    The bus stops are spaced throughout Athens with great consideration given to creating stops that minimize the walking distance for students.

     

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  • What if I need to change my child’s pick up or drop off location?

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    Changes cannot be made to a child’s pickup and drop location unless the request is made in writing to Mr. Mike Bishop 48 hours prior to the change. Bus drivers will not accept hand written notes for changes. Change requests can be made by emailing Mr. Bishop at mike.bishop@acs-k12.org.

     

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  • What if it's raining or bitter cold?

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    Parents are welcome to bring children to the bus stops and wait with them in the car until the bus arrives.

     

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  • What happens if school dismisses early?

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    In the event of early dismissals (including weather), students will be dropped off at their bus stop unless prior arrangements have been made. A request form will be included with your bus assignment letter that will be mailed to your home this summer. This form must be turned in to your school principal. This must be on file at the school before a student will be kept at school following an early dismissal.

     

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  • What if my child misses the bus?

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    If a child misses the bus pickup, they will need to be brought to school. Do not take students to another bus stop to be picked up.

     

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  • What if I want my child to stop riding the bus?

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    Please contact the transportation department at 256-233-6637 if you wish for your child to stop riding the bus. Once the transportation department receives notification, the school will be notified.

     

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  • How many students will typically gather at any one bus stop?

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    Typically, no more than 15-20 students will gather at any one stop.

     

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  • Will these changes affect special needs bus service?

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    No. Special needs bus service will remain door-to-door. 

     

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  • Why is Athens City Schools making this change?

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    For student safety: By reducing the number of stops and the number of times a bus has to backup, the opportunity for bus incidents decreases. Fewer stops means safer passengers.
    So buses will be grade level specific: Elementary students will ride with other elementary students. Intermediate school students will ride together. Middle school students will ride a bus just for middle school-aged students. This change will make for a more positive bus experience for all students.
    So students spend less time on buses: The average travel time spent on the bus will decrease for students.

     

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  • Why does ACS not offer service for high school students?

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    Although some parents have expressed an interest in busing services for AHS students, the number of those expressing interest has not historically been large enough to justify the purchase and operation of a bus. Interest in this service has been documented by the staff at AHS and was reflected in a survey done to parents in the fall of 2017. In an effort to continually assess the interest level, interested parents are encouraged to send an email to Mike Bishop, Director of Transportation, at mike.bishop@acs-k12.org.

     

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  • Who can I speak with if I still have questions?

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    If you still have questions about buses and bus stops, you have two options. (1)Submit a question online now or (2) Speak with a school district representative about buses, Mr. Mike Bishop is the best contact person. Mr. Bishop can be reached at 256-233-6637 or at mike.bishop@acs-k12.org

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