The School Board has approved recommended start and dismissal times for the 2023-24 school year, which will allow bus transportation to be more consistent and reliable. The schedule has no more than a 15-minute variation compared to school start/dismissal times during the 2022-23 school year.
This schedule will begin in August 2023.
7:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. — 7 Elementary Schools Fallon Park, Lincoln Terrace, Monterey, Preston Park, RAMS, Round Hill, and Westside 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. — 10 Elementary Schools Crystal Spring, Fairview, Fishburn Park, Garden City, Grandin Court, Highland Park, Hurt Park, Morningside, Wasena, and Virginia Heights
8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. — High Schools and Programs Forest Park, Noel C. Taylor, Patrick Henry, and William Fleming
9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. — Middle Schools James Breckinridge, James Madison, John P. Fishwick, Lucy Addison, and Woodrow Wilson
This will allow schools to start no more than 15 minutes earlier or later than their current schedule. It will have minimal impact while also reducing bus delays and will not impact students' ability to participate in athletics, extracurriculars, work, or other activities.
Additionally, some students are currently picked up as early as 5:44 a.m. With the new schedule, no student will need to be on the bus before 6:15 a.m.
Elementary start times are based on the city’s geography as well as elementary schools with specialty programs. Schools with specialty programs, such as PLATO, STEAM, and pre-K, have students who live across the city; therefore, routes are longer, so these schools would start at 8 a.m.
The times were first presented by RCPS leaders at the May 23rd School Board Special Meeting/Workshop.
The Transportation Work Group has been diligently working throughout the 2022-2023 school year to study potential solutions related to transportation. The group is made up of 38 members, including parents/guardians, bus drivers and transportation staff, teachers, principals, and Central Office staff.