• 2024-2025 School Year Information

    The 2024-2025 school year will begin Tuesday, August 20. This webpage contains important back-to-school information to ensure all students start the school year strong. 

    School Calendar

    Download a copy of the approved 2024-25 calendar to view important dates. Visit our interactive calendar throughout the summer to view back-to-school events.

    Start & Dismissal Times

    Start and dismissal times for the 2024-2025 School Year will provide buses with an additional cushion to help reach their stops on time. Additionally, schools are geographically aligned for route efficiency; therefore, some schools are now in a different tier than during the 2023-2024 School Year.  

    Schools marked with an * are in a different tier, so please read the following schedule carefully: 

    Tier 1: 7:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. — 8 Elementary Schools
    Fairview*, Fallon Park, Highland Park*, Hurt Park*, Garden City*, Preston Park, RAMS, Westside 

    Tier 2: 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. — 9 Elementary Schools

    Crystal Spring, Fishburn Park, Grandin Court, Lincoln Terrace*, Monterey*, Morningside, Round Hill*, Wasena, and Virginia Heights 

    Tier 3: 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. — High Schools and Forest Park Academy
    Forest Park, Patrick Henry, and William Fleming

    Tier 4: 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. — Middle Schools and Noel C. Taylor
    Noel C. Taylor*, James Breckinridge, James Madison, John P. Fishwick, Lucy Addison, and Woodrow Wilson 

    Load the Bus

    Join us the weekend of August 2-4 for Load the Bus to collect school supplies and support students across the Roanoke Valley.

    Student Health & Immunizations

    RCPS Student Health Clinics have availability throughout the summer for students to receive required vaccinations and physicals. Visit our Student Health webpage for additional information and clinic hours.

  • Additional Transportation Information

    The School Board voted on May 28, 2024, to approve several transportation changes, in addition to the changes reflected in the school start and end times. These changes were made to assist with getting students to and from school safely and on time.

    Complete details regarding these changes and what they mean are available on the Transportation Department's webpage. Additional changes include:

    • Enforcing walking/family responsibility zones
    • Eliminating after-school transportation for daycares that are outside the school's attendance zone, other than the established partners of the division
    • Establishing alternative service routes, or hub bus stops, for STEAM, PLATO, and Noel C. Taylor Learning Academy

    Bus routes for the 2024-2025 school year will be available in August. (Bus stops may change from prior year and students may have to walk to their stop in accordance with family responsibility zones.)

    Student IDs

    The School Board has approved the first phase of implementation for student IDs. Students who use RCPS transportation and all high school students, including students attending Noel C. Taylor Learning Academy and Forest Park Academy, will receive student identification cards in fall 2024. 

    Student IDs were one of 25 safety enhancement recommendations presented to the School Board in July 2022. A pilot was conducted in 2023 at Fallon Park Elementary School, Lucy Addison Middle School, Noel. C. Taylor and Forest Park.

    Like staff and visitor IDs, this aligns with RCPS' Safety and Security Risk Management paradigm by easily identifying who is in the building. The full functionality of the IDs will include food services, library services, athletic services, nursing services, tardies, and dismissals.  

    More information will become available over the summer.

    School Supply Lists

    School supply lists will be posted here as they become available throughout the summer. Be sure to visit your school's website for the most up-to-date information!