Community Transportation Information
Completed in 2001, the Rock Hill Schools Transportation Complex is the home of over 112 state-owned school buses & 13 district-owned buses.
We have over 120 Federal commercially licensed and State-Certified professional school bus drivers.
State school buses are owned by the State of South Carolina, Department of Education, and maintained by the Chester County School Bus Shop's certified school bus mechanics. Our district buses are owned by Rock Hill Schools and maintained by Rock Hill Schools certified school bus mechanics.
Rock Hill Schools transports approximately 8,000 students twice daily -- not counting the numerous midday and after-hours routes.
Our buses are on the road from 5:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For assistance with transportation requests or general help with a bus route
Please contact the appropriate department.
Dispatch Office (803) 980-2022
School of Choice (803) 980-1108
Special Needs (803) 980-2227
You can also reach us through Fax at (803)980-2025
Email us at Bushelp@rhmail.org
Did you know...
- To be eligible to ride a school bus, students must live at least one and one-half miles from the school which they attend unless the situation is deemed hazardous by the director of transportation.
- A school bus cannot leave the approved route to pick up a student who lives less than .3 mile from the main route without prior approval.
- School bus stops must be at least two-tenths mile apart unless deemed hazardous by the director of transportation.
- Any student that does not ride for 3 consecutive days or more will have to call transportation 24 hours in advance to have their bus stop reactivated.
- Students are expected to be at their bus stop 10 minutes prior to the expected arrival of the school bus and should be ready to immediately board the bus.
- Students in grades Pre-K through second grade must have a parent or legal guardian at the bus stop to receive them. Any student within this age group that does not have a parent or legal guardian present at the bus stop or has not submitted a Transportation Authorization Release Form to the transportation office will be taken back to their school.
- Cellphones are allowed to be used on the bus as long as they are not causing a disturbance.
- School buses must stop at all railroad crossings.
- School buses cannot turn right on red.
- School bus drivers are required to signal children at all passenger stops. These hand signals are designed to enhance safety.
- The maximum speed limit for a school bus is 45mph, or in accordance with the posted speed limit.
- When wind forces of 30MPH or greater strike the side of the bus, the forces exerted can exceed 500lbs. Forces of this magnitude can greatly impact steering control and tracking of school buses in motion. This is true for sustained winds of 30MPH or greater or wind gusts greater than 40mph.
- Nationally school buses travel 4.3 billion miles per year. With a fatality rate of 0.02 per 100,000,000 passenger miles, school buses are the safest form of transportation in the U.S.
Director Of Transportation
Safety Officer/Training Instructor
Special Needs Routing Coordinator