City, Schools Finalize Agreement for School Bus Use During Something In The Water Festival

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

​Leaders from the City of Virginia Beach and Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) have finalized and approved their memorandum of agreement regarding the use of school buses during the Something In The Water music festival, which will be held in the City, April 26-28. As part of the agreement, VBCPS will provide school buses to be used in the shuttling of festival attendees to and from parking sites. All costs associated with the agreement, including drivers, fueling, cleaning, administrative support and life cycle percentage, will be reimbursed by the festival.

"We are happy to again partner with our City and help make what will inevitably be a historic event for the community possible," said VBCPS Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence. "In reflecting on the positive impact this festival will have for Virginia Beach and ensuring better efficiency through this agreement, we can't help but be proud to provide this service for attendees and fellow citizens."

In using School Division school buses, travel for event attendees will be easier and more expedient. Having school buses as part of a multi-pronged transportation effort also will help to reduce traffic congestion and parking restraints across the City during the festival.

"We are grateful to our Virginia Beach Schools for partnering with us on such a critical service for the festival," said Mayor Robert "Bobby" Dyer. "The eyes of the world will be on Virginia Beach and our ability to get people to and from the oceanfront will be a key component to our success."

This is not the first time School Division buses have been utilized by the City. In the past, school buses have been used during the activation of emergency shelters, for transportation to regional events such as OpSail and the Jamestown Settlement anniversary.

The agreement specifies certain operational conditions. Festival organizers and the City will work with the School Division to ensure safe and orderly services. There will no smoking, drinking or drug use allowed on the school buses, and weapons will be prohibited. There also will be security in place at the event to check passengers before getting on the bus. In addition, school bus drivers will be paid to thoroughly clean and inspect the school buses after the festival closes on Sunday.

If any damage is incurred to any of the school buses during the event, the School Division will be reimbursed by the City of Virginia Beach, which will then be compensated by the Something In The Water festival.

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