Attendance Zones & Transportation

Attendance Zones

All residences in Putnam County lie within one of the elementary, middle, and high school attendance areas. Any dispute concerning the location of residence near the boundary lines of two (2) adjacent attendance areas is resolved by the Superintendent, using the official attendance area map on file at the Board of Education office.

When family circumstances warrant, and if classroom space is available, parents may receive special permission from the Superintendent for their children to attend school out of their regular attendance zone.

Permission must be secured before enrolling a child out-of-zone either in Putnam or a neighboring county.

Bus Routes and Schedules

Bus schedules are available on the front page of the website under Quick Links.

Published bus schedules reflect approximate times for only a few of the stops. Pickup time for your child may be estimated by order of stops listed. Afternoon runs are generally the reverse of morning runs.

  • BUFFALO AREA - Area Coordinator/Debbie Lett  304-586-2423
    Buffalo Elementary, Buffalo High, Confidence, George Washington Elementary, George Washington Middle
  • HURRICANE AREA - Area Coordinator/Cindy Vance  304-562-2050
    Conner Street, Hurricane High, Hurricane Middle, Hurricane Town Elementary, Lakeside, Mountain View & West Teays
  • POCA AREA - Area Coordinator/Johnny Sargent  304-755-9569
    Hometown, Poca Elementary, Poca High, Poca Middle, & Rock Branch
  • WINFIELD AREA - Area Coordinator/Rod Wymer  304-586-0500 ext. 1142
    Eastbrook, Scott Teays, Winfield Elementary, Winfield High, & Winfield Middle

Inclement Weather/Emergency School Closings

Emergency closing information is posted on the front page of the website under Quick Links. Closings are also posted on the "School Closing Hot Line" at 586-0500, extension 4.

The Superintendent of Schools, in consultation with state road officials, maintenance, and transportation directors, bus drivers, and parents in different parts of the county, assesses road and school conditions before making the crucial decision about emergency school closings. When road conditions are unsafe due to snow, ice, or flooding, school will be cancelled. Schools may also be closed due to failure of mechanical or electrical equipment, heating, fuel shortages, epidemics, or other circumstances having to do with the health, safety, and welfare of students. If students must be sent home during the school day, they will be released from school to return home in the regular manner, unless the school has been notified otherwise by the parents in advance.

If a bus is unable to make a morning run due to bad weather or emergency conditions, the bus may not run in the afternoon. Parents who arrange for a child's transportation to school in the morning should also arrange for transportation home in the afternoon. Failure of a bus to run is considered an excused absence.

Emergency closing notifications are sent out via the following methods:
  • PCS Twitter account (link at bottom of page)
  • WVDE School Closings (link on front page of website under Quick Links)
  • PCS Facebook (link at bottom of page)
  • School Messenger voice and email alert
  • PCS Instagram (link at bottom of page)
  • WSAZ TV 3
  • WCHS TV 8
  • WOWK TV 13
  • WV Public Broadcasting