The department transports nearly 15,000 Richland One students daily and employs nearly 200 staff members to support the transportation of Richland One students. Safety is very important on school buses. Teach your child to look both ways before crossing the street to get to the bus, to obey the bus driver and to remain seated and reasonably quiet while on the bus. Students who break the rules may be suspended from riding the bus. We look forward to working with parents and students to ensure safe ridership to and from our schools. Parents with questions regarding routing, schedules, or bus stops should call the student's assigned school or the transportation support center.
The school bus is an important part of your student's day, and the bus driver is a vital link between home and school. Richland One bus drivers are required to have a Commercial Driver's License and undergo a comprehensive training program of driving skills, student management, and classroom instruction. All bus drivers are required to participate in monthly and annual in-service meetings/trainings, attend safety workshops. Our bus drivers are well trained and dedicated professionals whose primary responsibility is to transport students safely.
All students must be registered to ride the bus. Please complete online using Power School. Should you have any questions regarding the online process, please contact your child's school. Students who are not registered to ride the bus, will not be transported.
No child in the special needs program, kindergarten or younger will be left at a bus stop without a parent or guardian present. Parents of three to four year old or pre- k to kindergarten students must complete the transportation section during their Power School Registration and designate individuals permitted to receive the student.
The parent or guardian must designate individuals permitted to receive the student. A photo ID will be required in order to pick up the student. If proper identification is not provided, the student will be returned to school.
If a student is returned to school three times, within any interval of time, afternoon transportation will be suspended until notification of appropriate provisions have been arranged for the safe discharge of the student at the bus stop. A sibling in elementary school does not qualify as a guardian.
Should staff feel that letting a child in 1st – 3rd grade off unaccompanied is an endangerment to the child, the child will be transported back to the school and the proper authorities notified.
927 Whaley Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 231-7002
Fax: (803) 929-3872
Mail Code: 850
Director: Rick Grisham