Worried about how your student will get to and from practice? We have options.
Winter: Commuting From TJ to Home
During Winter Conditioning, rowers will need to organize transportation to take them home from TJ at 6:30 PM. On Wednesdays, late buses are available to deliver students to local hubs; fore example, one late bus stops at Centreville HS and Chantilly HS. For transportation on other weekdays, parents can create area-based carpools so that each parent will only have to drive students once or twice a week. Parents, also consider reaching out to experienced rowers who live in your area that may be able to drive your student home.
Spring: Commuting From TJ To River
Freshman Rowers: Transportation is provided from TJ to the river each afternoon for scheduled freshman/novice practices. We contract a charter bus to bring rowers to the river. Registration for the charter bus is required of all freshmen, unless the parent notifies us at firstname.lastname@example.org of an alternate household member (parent/sibling) driver. The bus is a safe and reliable transportation option for daily river practices. The charter bus for the 2020 season will cost approximately $600 for one-way travel; you can reserve a spot here. Additionally, parents of freshman/novices riding the bus must sign up to chaperone the bus on a minimum of one practice day (any day that is convenient) during the season. Per FCPS regulations, the bus must have a parent chaperone - or it cannot depart TJ.
This year we are only providing bus travel TO the river. In previous years, we've had very low attendance on the bus for the return trip to TJ, and it saves us a lot of money to have the bus for one-way travel only. This means that parent chaperones will need to find their own transportation back to school to pick up their vehicle (Lyft, Uber, get a ride, etc.). For every chaperone for whom it is their second (or more) volunteer trip, Crew Boosters will reimburse you for the return trip. Please send receipts to email@example.com.
Experienced Rowers: Experienced rowers are encouraged to purchase a bus seat for the season as space is available (here is the link again). Additionally, we offer a carpool assurance program for experienced rowers riding in Student or Parent driven carpools. Purchase your carpool assurance here for $40 (covering the entire spring season).
Spring: Commuting From River to Home
As with Winter Conditioning, rowers must arrange their own transportation home from the river during the Spring. Before the season begins, we will compile the whole team's addresses onto a Google Map template. Novice parents can use this map, showing the addresses of every returning and novice member of the team, to organize carpools.