Transportation

Transportation Dispatch: Dial (757) 565-0808

Option 2 is for Normal School Day
Hours of Operation: 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Christina Simpson

Director of Transportation

p: (757) 259-7181
p: (757) 565-0808
christina.simpson@wjccschools.org

The Transportation Department maintains a fleet of 205 vehicles of which 155 are school buses.  We have a daily requirement to operate 125 school buses and 4 automobiles in support of the programs in WJCC and surrounding school divisions.  We support 3 High Schools, 3 Middle Schools, 9 Elementary Schools and 1 GED Program within our community.  Daily routes also transport students to/from the City of Hampton, City of Newport News and York County for multiple programs.  We complete just over 640 school bus runs each day along with field trips and VHSL Trips.  After School Programs are offered in every school and school bus service is provided to return those students back to their homes/neighborhoods most evenings.

Our maintenance shop is comprised of a Shop Foreman, Parts Room Specialist and 6 mechanics.  Our mechanic to vehicle ratio is 34 to 1.  The school bus fleet (144 buses), maintenance/motor pool vehicles (47), and work trailers (2) are maintained by six mechanics, one parts room specialist and a Shop Foreman.  The vehicles in WJCC Public Schools are in excellent shape and well maintained.  We have 3 Supervisors, 1 Senior Administrative Assistant, 1 Dispatcher, 2 Route Schedulers and 1 Trainer.

Motorists Still Endangering Children by Passing School Buses Illegally

For the safety and security of the students, many buses are equipped with audio/video monitoring systems.

Bus Stop and Pupil Transportation Information

Bus stops are determined based on guidelines from the School Board. The School Board establishes walking distances. High School and Middle School students can walk up to one mile. Elementary School students can walk up to one-half mile. It is our practice, however, to attempt to locate bus stops so that K-5 students walk no further than .25 of a mile and 6-12 students walk no further than one-half mile. Our routing software provides specific distances. Considerations in establishing all stops are taken regarding sidewalks, hills, curves, road speed, construction and residences of registered sex offenders.

Cluster stops are placed in a central location based on bus loads and driver feedback.

Bus Driver Attendant Training

The Safety, Training and Recruitment Department is a third party tester for the department of Motor Vehicles of Virginia. The department conducts new school bus driver training classes as mandated by the Department of Education. School bus drivers are required to attend a 48-hour training session consisting of twenty-four hours of in-class training and twenty four hours of on-the- road training.

The Safety and Training Department also trains bus attendants who are required by the Department of Education to attend a 14-hour training session. This consists of four hours of in-class training and ten hours of on-the-road training.

Additionally, the Safety, Training and Recruitment Department conducts Adult/Child CPR and Basic First Aid training sessions for drivers and bus attendants.

Twice a year the Safety, Training and Recruitment Department conducts a minimum of two hours of in-service training for current Williamsburg-James City County Schools Drivers and Bus Attendants. This training is a refresher course of the initial training and keeps the employees up to date on new procedures and informs them of changes to any existing procedures.