An essential component of the education process is the safe and efficient transportation
of students to
and from school.
The successful completion of this task relies on the shared
responsibility of drivers, students, parents, schools, and
Harford County Public School buses transport approximately 35,000 children on 500 buses
everyday to and
from school, travelling
nearly 42,000 miles daily. To ensure safe and reliable service,
Harford County Public Schools Transportation takes great
pride in our driver training program and fleet maintenance.
The pupil transportation system in Harford County is operated under State
and Local policies and guidelines established by
the Maryland State Department of Education and the Harford County Board
of Education. The Transportation Services Department emphasizes the
policies for parental information:
The following transportation rules apply to all students riding school buses
to and from Harford County Public Schools. In
addition, all other policies adopted by the Board of Education regarding
student behavior on school property will be enforced on Harford County
Public Schools buses.
Students who are assigned to ride Harford County Public School buses must
assume certain responsibilities. Misconduct, carelessness,
and thoughtlessness are hazardous to the safe operation of the school
bus. The bus is an integral part of the total school program; and the
driver, who is an adult in a position of authority, must insist on
Each student will receive a copy of the "Transportation Rules for Students"
which is located in the Parent-Student Handbook
& Calendar. These rules will be reviewed and interpreted for the students
on an annual basis by school personnel. Violation of these rules must
be reported to the school principal. When a principal is advised of a
violation of the "Transportation Rules for Students" and where the principal
determines, as a result of their investigation, that a violation of the
"Transportation Rules for Students" has occurred, the student may face
Withdrawal of transportation services for a day shall be defined as a day
that school is in session. Students and their parents
should be aware that misbehavior on school buses may also have other
serious consequences. Specifically, violation of the "Transportation
Rules for Students" may result in a suspension from school. Furthermore,
any act by a student which contributes to a school bus accident will
be reported to the police officer investigating the incident.
Each parent has a definite role in the safe and efficient operation of a
school's transportation system. If the transportation
program, as a whole, is to function effectively, the parents must assume
their responsibilities to the program and extend cooperation and support
to the people charged with its operation.
Parents should be aware that the privilege to ride a school bus may be
temporarily or permanently revoked if the "Transportation
Rules for Students" are violated.
Parents are responsible for the safety of their children from the time they
leave home in the morning until the time they
board the school bus and, at the end of the school day, from the time
the school bus departs the bus stop and the children reach home. Once
the child enters the school bus, the responsibility lies with the bus
driver and the school administration
In order to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the student
program, parents must also accept the responsibilities to:
Bus routes are set up to fully utilize all buses, provide safe and efficient service, and
maintain a reasonable ride time for students. Per The Annotated Code of Maryland, the
following criteria are used in establishing bus routes and stops.
Harford County Public Schools have implemented additional rules to enhance the safety of our
For example, students are only permitted to cross in front of the school bus, and door-side
service is provided on high speed, high volume state roads that have been identified as such
Magnet Program Transportation Schedule
Parents/Guardians are responsible for the safety of their children from the time they leave home
the morning until the
time they board the school bus and, at the end of the school day, from the time the school
bus departs the bus stop and the children reach home. For those students in a non-service
area, getting to and from the school safely is a parental responsibility. During the mid-day
bus run, adult supervision is required for PreK students at the bus stop until the child
is picked up, and at the time a child is dropped off. Once the student boards the school
bus, the responsibility lies with the bus driver and the school administration. In order
to ensure safe and efficient student transportation, parents/guardians must also accept the
Dear Harford County Public Schools Community,
I’ve been watching the events unfolding across our country in response to the murder of George Floyd, and I am struck by how important it is for our school system to advance our commitment to eliminating racism and discrimination in our school system.
Unfortunately, schools and educational systems struggle with deep disparities in outcomes related to student discipline and achievement that remain entirely too predictable by race, ethnicity, and zip codes. In HCPS, we recognize those disparities and we are committed to working tirelessly to address them. The protests occurring across our country are not just the product of one tragic incident, but of many. In HCPS, we must do a better job of confronting the history and experiences of our Black students. We must be the catalyst for healing that will allow us to prevent future violence rather than just condemn it.
The Harford County Board of Education and the school system administrators are absolutely committed to eliminating racism and discrimination in our schools and community. This week, we are initiating a campaign under the hashtag #leadwithlove, to feature messages about our campaign to eliminate racism and discrimination.
We know there is more to be done. Our work does not end with a social media campaign, but we think it is important for our students, staff, and families to hear us say, right now, in this moment, that we stand with you and will continue to stand with you.
Standing with you,
Sean Bulson, Ed.D
Harford County Public Schools
6/3/2020 4:38:45 PM