As Frederick County public school employees prepare to welcome more than 40,000 students Monday, August 25, FCPS buses are sporting a special new feature. This year instead of learning a bus number, students will travel by route, a letter-number combination displayed in windows on each side of the bus. The route designation will remain the same even when a substitute bus is scheduled to serve that route.
Most routes begin with the first letter of the high school in the student’s feeder pattern, or service area. For example, a student in the Brunswick High feeder pattern—which includes the high school plus middle and elementary schools that “feed into” that school—will be assigned a route starting with the letter B. Because there are 15 routes in the Brunswick area, its route numbers are B1 through B15.
In addition to making it easier for students to remember which bus to board, the new system allows drivers to remain with one bus. This helps drivers be more familiar with their own bus’s handling and provides positive incentives for drivers to maintain their vehicles well.
Parents and students will find the route numbers online when that feature of the www.fcps.org/backtoschool section goes live Friday, August 15 at 5 p.m.
FCPS recommends that parents remind their children of safe transportation practices included on page 24 of this year’s Calendar Handbook, online at www.fcps.org/calendar, and coming home with each student the first school day.