• Frequently Asked Questions:
    For more information, please contact the APS main line at (404) 802-3500.

    Q: My student does not ride the bus. What time can my walker/car rider arrive at school? When must my student depart?

    Answer:  Schools will continue to open to receive all students 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the instructional day. Bus riders will be received upon arrival. Other students may not arrive at school prior to the times listed below unless they are enrolled in a school-provided before care program.

    Students must depart within 15 minutes of the end of the instructional day unless they are supervised in an afterschool program or extracurricular activity.

    Students who arrive prior to the school opening times below or depart after the closing times below may be referred to the school social worker.



    Q: How does the bell schedule affect bus pick-up and drop-off times?

    AnswerThe bell schedule will update bus pick-up and drop-off times as follows:

    School Level

    AM Drop-off

    PM Pick-up


    7:10 – 7:25



    8:00 – 8:15



    8:35 – 8:50


    Please visit https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/domain/5364 for updated bus routes, bus pick-up and drop-off times.



    Q: What are the advantages of the current bell schedule?

    Answer: Advantages of the current bell schedule include:

    • Improvement of student safety and on-time arrival
    • Increase in breakfast participation
    • Shorten ride times for special needs students
    • Avoiding the addition of 50 buses


    Q: Are neighboring school districts following a similar bell schedule? 

    Answer: Yes. School districts with similar bell schedules include:

    Cobb County                  Clayton County
    DeKalb County              Gwinnett County
    Fulton County                Henry County
    Cherokee County          
    Savannah/Chatham County
    Muscogee County         
    Augusta/Richmond County



    Q: Are APS leaders supportive of the bell schedule?

    Answer: Yes. The APS Principal Bell Schedule Task Force, APS Superintendent, APS Senior Leadership Team, APS Curriculum and Instruction Department, APS Special Education Department, APS Athletics, and APS Operations Division are supportive of the bell schedule.