Our Bus Services
Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) provides safe, reliable, and efficient transportation to and from school for enrolled students living beyond a one-mile walking distance from elementary and middle schools and a one and one-half mile walking distance from high schools.
New School Year Readiness and Responsibilities
Families with younger children should practice walking to their assigned bus stops together and help their children memorize their bus numbers and school name. Parents should also write down their child’s stop location and school name and place it in a safe location accessible to the student. Ensure that your child knows their bus number and school name.
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Bus stops are established based on several factors, which include walking conditions, walking distance to the stop and road accessibility. Given acceptable walking conditions, bus stops are placed at least a quarter mile apart.
Safety is our Priority
There are a variety of ways to keep students and motorists safe during student pick up and drop off. Staying alert and aware of the traffic and pedestrian environment fosters a safe and enjoyable rider experience. Read our frequently asked safety questions for more safety information.
HCPSS is gradually installing bus cameras to improve rider safety. Find out how the cameras work and why they are being installed.
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The school system notifies parents of weather closures and delays using our alert service, HCPSS News. Parents should monitor weather conditions during inclement weather and anticipate that school bus schedules may be affected.
School Bus Contractors
Independent school bus contractors provide student transportation for the Howard County Public School System.
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Our main office number is 410-313-6732Bus Area Manager Contact Information
Lost something? Question about a route? All area managers are responsible for regular and special needs transportation for the schools they service.