The Wake County school system on Friday released the bus routes that will be used to transport students to and from traditional-calendar schools for the 2016-17 school year.
Go to wcpss.net/Page/174 to view bus routes for individual schools. The first day for traditional-calendar schools is Aug. 29.
Families should check the bus routes to find the stop closest to their address and be waiting for the bus at least 10 minutes before it’s expected to arrive. School officials say parents can anticipate a stop time based on the route start time, estimating three minutes between stops.
Parents and students may ask drivers for an estimated afternoon drop-off time.
School officials are urging families to be patient and prepare for additional waiting time, because the exact stop times will vary during the first weeks of school.
School administrators say the new routes are drawn to provide the most efficient bus service for students. Wake’s 760 bus drivers will make approximately 22,000 stops to transport nearly 75,000 students to and from school.
The new routes reflect how Wake will operate 60 fewer buses than last school year.
Wake is using an estimated $694,000 in savings from the transportation changes to help pay for vacuuming and sweeping of elementary schools. Without the money, elementary schools would be cleaned twice a week instead of every other weekday.