2016-2017 Bus Transportation Policies and Procedures

Norwood School offers select bus transportation to assist our families in their commutes. Pick-up and drop-off locations are clustered and determined based on interest. Norwood is committed to supporting families with their commute and looks to add additional routes as demand increases. Please note that current routes are dependent on ridership, and the listed pick-up and drop-off locations could move to better accommodate riders. Those interested in signing-up for transportation should fill out a Bus Transportation Form, morning or afternoon, and submit it to Bill Teachum, Business Manager. Late sign-up and single-day ridership is available, space permitting.


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  • Cluster Pick-up Times

    Buses are scheduled to arrive at the first pick up location by 7:15 a.m. and to depart at 7:20 a.m. They are scheduled to depart from the second pick up location at 7:25 a.m.
  • Cluster Locations

    Morning bus routes will be established each year to accommodate the specific locations of bus riders for that year. The goal is to serve the most possible riders while ensuring safety and minimizing total ride time. The current morning routes are indicated below. 

    Route 1 - Cleveland Park/Tenleytown/Wesley Heights Area

    • 1st Stop - Guy Mason Center Parking Lot, 3600 Calvert Street, NW (DC)
    • 2nd Stop - Westwood Shopping Center, 5400 Westbard Ave, Bethesda, MD
    View Cleveland Park Route in a larger map

    Route 2 - Friendship Heights/Spring Valley/Palisades Area

    • 1st (and only) Stop - CVS Parking Lot, 4855 Massachusetts Avenue, NW (DC)

    View Friendship Heights Route in a larger map

    Route 3 - Connecticut Avenue/Bethesda/Chevy Chase Area

    • 1st Stop - Safeway, 5545 Connecticut Avenue, NW (DC)
    • 2nd Stop - Bradley Shopping Center (corner of Arlington Rd and Bradley Blvd)

    Route 4 - Northern Virginia Area

    • 1st Stop - Key Bridge Marriott, 1401 Lee Highway (Arlington, VA)
    • 2nd Stop - McLean Presbyterian Church, 1020 Balls Hill Road (McLean, VA)

    View Northern Virginia Bus Route in a larger map

    Route 5 - Gaithersburg/North Potomac Area

    • 1st Stop - TBD
    • 2nd Stop - Safeway, 14939 Shady Grove Road (Rockville, MD)
    View Gaithersburg/North Potomac Area in a larger map


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  • Cluster Drop-Off Times

    Bus/van is scheduled to depart Norwood at 3:45 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 3:45 p.m. on Friday. Bus/van will arrive at Westland Middle School by 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and at Wilson High School at 5:20 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 4:20 p.m. on Friday. The Monday through Thursday 3:45 p.m. route only goes to Westland Middle School. There is only one run on Friday at 3:45 p.m.
  • Cluster Locations

    Currently Norwood offers one afternoon route to Northwest DC. Cluster drop-off locations were determined by previous year ridership and subject to change based on interest of current year ridership. The planned afternoon route is indicated below.

    Route 1 - DC Line

    • 1st Stop - Westwood Shopping Center, 5400 Westbard Ave, Bethesda, MD
    • 2nd Stop - Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake Street, NW (Washington, DC)
    View DC Line  in a larger map 

Additional Information

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  • Cost Per Child

    $950 per child for a morning route
    $750 per child for an afternoon route (pro-rated After Care fee not included)
  • Billing

    Bus fees are billed in the fall and will be payable in two equal installments in September and January.
  • Inclement Weather

    In the case of inclement weather, bus service pick-up points and/or times may need to be altered. The business manager or bus driver advises parents of any such changes in a timely manner so appropriate arrangements can be made.
  • Drivers

    Drivers are current Norwood School employees or professional bus drivers. All drivers participate in an extensive training program. Federal, state, and driving background checks will be required of all drivers.
  • Vehicles

    14-passenger Norwood activity buses and/or Norwood minivans
  • Safety Belts

    All buses and minivans are equipped with safety belts, and all passengers will be required to use them when riding the bus.
Located in Bethesda MD, Norwood School develops students in grades K-8 into confident lifelong learners who have the academic, character, and leadership skills to succeed in high school and beyond. Recognizing that children are multi-faceted, Norwood provides many opportunities for safe risk-taking, exploration, discovery, and growth in a nurturing, supportive, and inclusive school community.