Houston County (WTVY)-- Houston County Superintendent David Sewell met with staff Wednesday to discuss stiffing heat on school buses.  He is encouraging drivers, when possible, to leave windows open all day so it will be a little cooler when students board in the afternoon.  “We also want to put water on board (for the students) until this heatwave passes,” Sewell said.  Jessica Granger, mother to a first grader, believes if more measures than those aren't implemented a child could die. She advocates air conditioning on all buses. view article arw

As school gets going again this week and next, one local school district is trying some new technology to keep better track of its students.  view article arw

As students in Katy ISD return to school, the district is finding new ways to keep parents informed. The district gave ABC13 an inside look at how it's using the app called Edulog. Each of the district's 620 buses is now equipped with a GPS system that allows parents to locate their child's school bus in real time. view article arw

Fort Bend ISD has the second-highest transportation cost per rider among its district peers, according to an internal audit of FBISD’s student transportation department. The district pays $4.53 per rider compared with Katy ISD’s $5.35 per rider, the highest, and $2.53 per rider paid by Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, the lowest on the list. view article arw

Students in Leander will now be able to keep cooler on the way to school this year. The Leander Independent School District implemented new and retrofitted buses on the fleet equipped with air conditioning. This comes after parents first complained about the lack of A/C to the district last year. CBS Austin first brought this story after parents signed a change.org petition expressing their concerns. view article arw

Students in Keller Independent School District go back to school Wednesday, but some parents are nervous there may be some school bus confusion. This school year, Keller ISD started using a new school bus company, Texas Central School Bus under the parent company of North America Central School Bus (NACSB). view article arw

Monday, August 19 marks the first day of school for Tyler Independent School District students. Students who plan to ride the bus must register by Tuesday, August 13 at 5 p.m. According to Tyler ISD, registration must be done online. If a student is registered after the deadline, the child will have to wait until August 26 before they can ride the bus.  view article arw

These aren't your mom and dad's school buses, and right now you could see where any of them are at any given time on your phone. These buses are using GPS tracking with the Safe Stop app so parents can track buses and see if they are running late to pick their kids up in the morning.  view article arw

National Fleet Tracking, a leading provider of GPS and RFID transportation solutions, announced that Glen Rose ISD is now using the NFT BusView and StudentView platforms. “As a school district that prides itself on exceptional services and an acute focus on student safety, Glen Rose ISD wanted to partner with a company that operated in the same manner and would assist them in improved efficiency to parents and safety for student transportation,” said David English with NFT. “GRISD launched the platform for this school year.” view article arw

Every student who rides a daily bus to Leander schools will have an air-conditioned trip this year. The change comes after parents complained to the board of trustees that their kids were getting off the bus red-faced and drenched with sweat. Parents told KXAN last year that drivers showed them thermometers on buses reading 118 degrees. view article arw

Kilgore ISD will be changing the drop-off and pick-up routes for Chandler Elementary due to construction. Beginning Monday, August 12, parents are encouraged to follow the map below and be patient as the construction is expected to be completed by January 2020. view article arw

Starting this school year, the school district will have to abide by the Texas Education Agency's transfer rules which mandate that districts including McDade can no longer transport students from outside its borders to attend its schools. That rule will be strictly enforced since the Texas Attorney General’s office got involved. view article arw

The Coppell ISD Board of Trustees named several routes as hazardous during Monday night’s board workshop. According to a staff memo, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) allows school districts to obtain supplemental state funding for transporting students who live within two miles of their school but who would be subjected to potentially hazardous conditions if they walked to school. view article arw

Hiring and keeping bus drivers with a commercial driver’s license (CDL) is the main reason why El Campo ISD doesn’t provide transportation to and from school for all of its students. “We need some bus drivers. If I can get two or three bus drivers, then it’s a no-brainer, and we can make it happen. If I don’t get some bus drivers, it’s going to hamper the process,” Superintendent Kelly Waters said. view article arw

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced Aug. 5 that Eanes ISD will acquire $1.1 million in federal grant money from the Texas Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Program settlement for the replacement of the district’s diesel school buses. EISD is one of four entities in the Austin area set to receive funds for more environmentally conscious buses. view article arw

School districts rely on the qualified bus drivers in their districts to take care of transporting children to school, field trips and more during the year. If a work environment with flexible guaranteed hours, exceptional wages and outstanding benefits is something that sounds appealing, the position of bus driver could be the right job. view article arw

Drivers in one central Indiana county will have to start going before a judge if they are caught passing a stopped school bus. The change in Delaware County comes as a tougher state law was adopted this year after three siblings were fatally struck in October in northern Indiana's Fulton County while crossing a highway to board their stopped school bus. view article arw

Officials with Johnson City Schools say they are in the midst of a bus driver shortage ahead of a new school year. As an incentive, school officials are offering to increase pay and benefits in hopes of attracting more drivers. view article arw

The Humble ISD board meeting July 23 was one of both celebration and contemplation. The celebration was for great teachers, outstanding students and great technical support by the district’s Transportation Department. District Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen in her opening remarks said, “Humble is fortunate to have some of the very best teachers in the world. Tonight’s Inspiring Moments Video takes us into the classrooms for two superstars: Francesca Rathke, who teaches first grade at Whispering Pines Elementary, and Joe Paneitz, who teaches robotics and automation at the CATE (Career and Technology Education) Center. Rathke is the Humble ISD Elementary School Teacher of the Year and Paneitz is the Secondary and Senior School Teacher of the year. view article arw

Parents in North Texas have a new option to help shuttle their kids between home, school, sports, activities and all the other things that today’s often-overscheduled young ones get into – VanGo. The VanGo app, a rideshare system similar to Uber, allows parents to schedule rides for their kids, ages 8 to 18, with drivers who have at least three years’ experience in childcare or education, and who have passed both criminal and driver safety background checks. The company notes on its website that 85 percent of its drivers are mothers. "You can’t always be in two different places, obviously," said Gena Neisel, one of the first VanGo drivers in the region. view article arw

Due to a recent Texas Attorney General opinion regarding transfer student transportation, Louise ISD has the option to seek an agreement with El Campo ISD to continue to pick up/drop off students at Legacy Park. During its transportation report, the LISD trustees discussed reaching out to ECISD for an interlocal agreement, the district’s options regarding potential pick up/drop off sites within its own district’s boundaries and possibly applying with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for another transport waiver. view article arw

Lubbock ISD showed KCBD their 12 brand new buses on Wednesday. The new buses have additional security features like seat belts, a camera to monitor the driving, air conditioning and GPS. Laura Cortez Is The General Manager Of Transportation For Durham School Services. She explained, “We use a program called zonar. That helps us you know, if a parent were to call in and want to know where the bus is or how much longer it's going to be, we can give them the exact location of where their buses at.” view article arw

From Tyler to Gladewater, several East Texas school districts have a pool of bus driver positions vacant. Some districts are in a tighter bind than others. Applying to fill a position can be competitive, there is extensive training that applicants must pass before driving the big yellow bus.  view article arw

Eight members of the Reyes family recently celebrated another year at the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District, helping to educate hundreds of students by safely transporting them to their campuses every day. read more arw

KATY, Texas (KTRK) -- Katy ISD announced Wednesday that they're inviting parents, grandparents, and guardians of district students to apply to become field trip bus drivers.  They're calling the new position a BDP, or 'Bus Driving Parent.'  Bus Driving Parents will be vetted and trained through Katy ISD and compensated for the time they drive.   After they earn their Commercial Driver's License, complete training, and earn driving hours, BDPs will be able to drive students to field trips as often as they want. view article arw

Texas Tech University is taking a step into East Texas with a new virtual school that will begin offering classes to area students this fall. The program, which is a partnership between the Lubbock-based university and Longview ISD, will offer online and print courses to students in kindergarten through 12th grade in a variety of subjects. It is known as TTU K-12. view article arw

Even with an admittedly rocky start, Dallas ISD officials are praising the district's year-old busing service, saying that it was cheaper and eventually more efficient than its predecessor, the now-shuttered Dallas County Schools. During Thursday’s board briefing, Scott Layne, Dallas ISD deputy superintendent of operations, and Stacey Hogue, the district’s transportation executive director, gave a year-end summary of creating a bus fleet from scratch. view article arw

For the seventh consecutive year, the PSJA ISD Transportation Department has been ranked among the top 100 fleets in the nation. They were the only school district in the Rio Grande Valley recognized. view article arw

A 6-year-old boy who was hit by an 18-wheeler earlier this week after stepping off a school bus on U.S. 290 was being released from the hospital Wednesday, Elgin school district officials said, as authorities continue to investigate the incident. view article arw

The Corpus Christi Independent School District is sending out a call for help saying they are in desperate need of bus drivers. The CCISD is about 50 drivers short of the number needed to cover their routes. According to officials, they are losing out on licensed drivers going to work in the oil field. view article arw

A school bus crash north of Muleshoe on Tuesday sent multiple children to the hospital, officials said. The extent of the injuries were not immediately released. Texas Department of Public Safety officials initially said two children were taken to the hospital with unknown injuries. A news release later in the day reported approximately 10 children and two vehicle drivers were taken to a Muleshoe hospital. Muleshoe school Superintendent R.L. Richards said he did not know how many were injured, but that seven children were returned to the school without injuries following the accident. view article arw

Ten Muleshoe ISD students were taken to the hospital after the school bus in which they were riding collided with an 18-wheeler Tuesday afternoon, KCBD in Lubbock reported. The accident happened at around 2:20 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of State Highway 214 and County Road 1028 north of Muleshoe. The bus and the 18-wheeler were both northbound on Highway 214 at the time of the accident, the Department of Public Safety said. view article arw

School districts nationwide are fighting a shortage that impacts the classroom before the school day even begins; a need for school bus drivers. Several East Texas districts, including Tyler Independent School District, are among those in need of qualified applicants to fill the vacancies. view article arw

An Elgin ISD student was hit by a big rig Tuesday evening while exiting a bus. It happened near the intersection of FM 696 and Hwy 290, just southeast of Elgin. According to an Elgin ISD spokesperson, the bus had pulled over at a regular stop along it route. As an elementary age student was getting out, they were struck by an 18-wheeler. view article arw

For the seventh consecutive year, the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD Transportation Department has been ranked among the Top 100 Fleets in the nation as per Government Fleet, a leading transportation industry magazine and its ranking of The 100 Best Fleets in North America. PSJA ISD was the only school district in the Rio Grande Valley recognized. read more arw