Transportation

The goal of bus rider safety is to help provide a safe and enjoyable experience for students who ride the school bus.  Parents are responsible for reading and discussing the material with their child.  Riding a school bus is a privilege provided by the school district and should be treated as such.

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CNA(LOCAL) Policy

The District shall provide transportation to school for all students residing in the District, including students not eligible for state transportation funds.

However, the District shall not provide transportation from school at the end of the school day for any student not eligible for state transportation funds except as required by law or as addressed in administrative regulations regarding:

  1. Hazardous conditions;
  2. Property and apartments operated/subsidized by the Palacios Housing Authority or the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); and
  3. Travel between campuses.   

Rick McCrory

Assistant Mechanic

Sam Dixon

Route Driver

Tonia Harr

Route Driver

Becky Buckley

Route Driver

Bobby Buckley

Route Driver

Ray Hinds

Route Driver

Poncho Martinez

Route Driver

Lupe Gonzales

Route Driver

Martha McEntire

Route Driver

Alfredo Ovalle, Jr.

Route Driver

Daniel Guevara

Route Driver

BUS SAFETY

Bus Rider Safety

Important For Everyone!

PARENTS AND BUS RIDERS

The goal of bus rider safety is to help provide a safe and enjoyable experience for students who ride the school bus. Parents are responsible for reading and discussing the material with their child. Riding a school bus is a privilege provided by the school district and should be treated as such.

To ignore these rules will result in disciplinary action or suspension of the privilege.

In an effort to ensure your child’s safety, parents or designated adults are required to be at the bus stop for the loading / unloading of all Pre-Kindergarten students. If no one is there to receive the student, the student will be returned to his/her campus office and it will become the parents' responsibility to get the student home. If a student is off loaded on private property where traffic is not an issue, a parent must be physically visible to the driver in order to off load student. If a student is off loaded on a public road the parent must physically retrieve their child off the bus. By doing this, a positive and safe transfer of the child is accomplished. We appreciate you working with us in this matter, as we continue to look for ways to keep all of our children safe.  

Bus registration forms must be filled out completely and signed by the parents and returned to the your child's campus principal's office. After the first two weeks have passed, any student who has failed to turn in a signed bus registration card will no longer be allowed to ride the school bus.

A parent may choose one of three locations for their child/children to be picked up and dropped off at the same location each day. Approved locations are the parents 911 address or the grandparents 911 address all of which must be on an approved route and an approved stop.

GENERAL RULES

  1. Obey the instructions of the bus driver at all times.
  2. Board and leave the bus at designated stops only.
  3. Ride only the bus to which you are assigned.
  4. Any student attempting to ride a bus to which he/she is not assigned must have a note signed by the parent.  This note must be given to the principal/assistant principal for approval.  A temporary bus pass will be issued to the student and must be given to the bus driver.

CONDUCT ON THE BUS

  1. Be respectful and follow all directions of the driver at all times.
  2. Stay seated facing front with your feet on the floor.
  3. Keep your hands, feet and objects to yourself and inside the bus.
  4. Do not use foul language at any time.
  5. Follow all classroom rules to not disrupt the bus ride.
  6. No eating or drinking allowed on the bus except for a (plastic) water bottle.
  7. No use of cell phones or radios/CD/MP3/IPod on bus.
  8. Unauthorized use of the emergency exit is prohibited.
  9. No defacing of school property.

PROCEDURES FOR WAITING FOR THE BUS

  1. Be at the bus stop at least five minutes before scheduled pick-up time.  The driver WILL NOT wait or honk the horn.
  2. Stand on the sidewalk or back from the roadway while waiting for the school bus.  When the bus approaches, form a line and be prepared to load immediately.
  3. Stand clear of the bus until is comes to a complete stop.
  4. If you miss the bus, go home immediately.  It will now become the parents' responsibility to get their child to school.
  5. Parents should instruct their child on what procedures to follow if the bus is missed.

LOADING THE BUS

  1. Do not push or shove.
  2. Use the handrail and steps.
  3. The bus driver will assign seats.  Be sure you sit in your assigned seat.
  4. Go to your seat.  The bus will not move until all students are seated.

GETTING OFF THE BUS

  1. Stay seated until the bus is completely stopped.
  2. Use the handrail and take one step at a time when leaving the bus.
  3. Wait for your turn to leave the bus.
  4. Stay clear of the bus after getting off.  Do not chase or hang onto the bus.

CROSSING THE STREET OR HIGHWAY

  1. When crossing the street or highway, walk in front of the bus and wait for the driver to signal that it is safe to cross.
  2. Check in both directions and walk directly across the road.
  3. Never cross the road behind the bus.
  4. CAUTION:  Be alert for vehicles that do not stop when the bus is loading or unloading.
  5. Cross the streets at intersections when possible.  Obey all traffic signals and signs on your way to and from the bus stop.

PROHIBITED ITEMS ON THE BUS

  1. Tobacco of all kinds.
  2. Live animals or insects.
  3. Glass containers.
  4. Alcoholic beverages.
  5. Weapons, explosive devices, fireworks, harmful drugs or chemicals.
  6. Open flames of any kind (matches, lighters, etc.)
  7. Any object (i.e., musical instrument, shop or science projects) too large for students to hold in their laps and cannot extend beyond their assigned space.
  8. Food and/or drinks (water in plastic bottles are allowed)

Student Safety

Important For Everyone's Safety!

A team effort is required by transportation and campus personnel as well as parents and students to ensure that each child travels to and from school safely each day. The following questions and answer may assist parents and students in understanding their role in helping transportation and campus personnel accomplish these goals:

Parents Responsibilities:

What are the parent's responsibilities?

  • Have your child at the bus five minutes prior to scheduled pick-up time (ideally 10 minutes earlier the first day of school, until routes have been established).
  • If possible, teach your child their full name, home address, and telephone number where an adult family member may be contacted in an emergency.
  • If possible, accompany your elementary aged child(ren) to the bus stop. (This is strongly suggested for younger elementary students).
  • Remind students to watch for siblings at bus loading and unloading times, and encourage them to notify the bus driver of any concerns of a sibling not loading the bus, or getting off at the appropriate stop.

What is the parent's responsibility at drop-off time?

  • In the event you are unable to be home when your child arrives, arrange an alternate plan with your child: where to go, a hidden key, talk to a neighbor, etc. Careful planning for the unexpected can greatly reduce your child's anxieties!
  • If possible, be at the bus stop five minutes before the bus is scheduled to drop off your elementary aged child(ren).

What if my child needs to get off at a stop other than their regularly assigned stop?

  • NOTIFY YOUR CHILD'S CAMPUS IN WRITING (by note or fax) before the last 30 minutes of the school day of any change needed in your child's transportation. This will ensure sufficient time for communication of the change to the appropriate parties.
  • The consistency of your child's stop location can eliminate the possibilities of miscommunication and the potential of a hazardous situation.

Student Responsibilities:

What behavior is expected of a student while riding the school bus?

  • All students are expected to follow the bus safety rules for their own safety and safety of others.

How will safety infractions be handled?

  • The bus driver will discuss the safety infraction with the student.
  • The driver may elect to report the safety infraction to the campus, using a Bus Safety Notice.
  • The campus makes the decision of what disciplinary action will be taken in accordance with the district's Student Code of Conduct.

Forms

Student Bus Transportation Forms

If you are requesting bus transportation for your child(ren) and they are a new bus student you must complete the link below.  The completed form must be given to the bus driver by the student. Include all children you wish to ride the bus on the form.

New Student Transportation Form

If you are requesting bus transportation for your child(ren) to be transported between campuses you must complete the the link below.  The completed form must be given to the bus driver by the student. Include all children you wish to ride the bus on the form.

Between Campus Transportation Form