A new law regarding seat belts in school buses went into effect earlier this month. The law requires school districts in the market for new buses to have three-point lap and shoulder seat belts for each passenger. In San Benito, a financial committee meeting was held this past week to discuss possibly leasing 18 buses for the transportation department. view article arw

 Edinburg CISD will soon be adding a fleet of school buses outfitted with seat belts. The purchase comes two weeks after Texas lawmakers approved legislation requiring new school buses, 2018 models and newer, to have safety belts. view article arw

Police said a woman was killed when she crashed into a Denton Independent School District bus in McKinney Thursday night. McKinney police said the woman, identified Friday as 22-year-old Caitlyn Haynes, was driving a Jeep at a high rate of speed on westbound U.S. 380 when she crashed into a bus stopped at a red light near Wisteria Way at about 11:15 p.m. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, according to officials. view article arw

Three middle school students sprung into action after their bus driver started having a seizure. Eighth-grader Alex Fisher and his two friends were riding the bus from Rogers Middle School on Monday when they noticed something was wrong.   view article arw

The Hutto ISD Board of Trustees voted Thursday to table a proposal that would replace portions of the school district’s vehicular fleet, asking an alternate plan be introduced at October’’s meeting. The board voted 6-1 to delay the measure introduced by Hutto ISD Director of Maintenance and Operations Brandon Cardwell. Cardwell will amend the office’s proposal to replace certain vehicles in the Hutto ISD’s aging vehicular fleet. view article arw

Police said a woman was killed in a crash involving a Denton Independent School District bus in McKinney Thursday night. McKinney police said the woman was driving a Jeep at a high rate of speed on westbound U.S. 380 when it crashed into the bus that was stopped at a red light near Wisteria Way at about 11:15 p.m. view article arw

Northwest ISD is dealing with growing pains as more students attend schools. School buses are packed and some students are choosing to sit in the aisle for more space. A group of parents are looking for answers and want more buses and routes for students. view article arw

Bus wrecks around the state have prompted a change in legislation to ensure all students are buckled up. This month, a new Texas law took effect that requires all newly manufactured buses be equipped with over-the-shoulder seatbelts. John Bagert, Tyler ISD's transportation director, says the district recently purchased nine of them. view article arw

A new Texas law is requiring all new school buses to have a three-part seat belt. El Paso Independent School District got ahead of the law in this year's school bus purchases. “As part of the 2016 bond we already had planned purchasing new buses,” Melissa Martinez, EPISD spokesperson, said. view article arw

Newly purchased school buses in Texas must have three-point seat belts for all riders under a new state law.  Starting this month, Texas school districts in the market for new school buses must ensure they have shoulder-to-lap seat belts for all riders.  The three-point seat belt law replaces a 2007 law that offered money to districts that opted to install seat belts in their school buses. Few districts took advantage of the funding, leaving most Texas school buses belt-less. view article arw

Hays Consolidated Independent School District is experiencing an extreme shortage of bus drivers. So much so that if one driver calls in sick, they have to cancel a route and scramble other buses to the area to pick up students. Out of 159 bus driver positions, the district says it is short 58. Everyone in the district that holds a bus driver’s license including the mechanics have to pick up the slack to try and keep everything running smoothly. view article arw

Hardin-Jefferson ISD is aiming to start school on Sept. 19, the district announced Wednesday.  There is extensive damage to Henderson Middle School, which had two feet of water throughout the building. There is also damage in the Sour Lake Elementary gym.   "Waiting to start school back until after making extensive repairs in a middle school facility that large would leave our students out of school for far too long," HJISD said. Instead, sixth graders in Hardin County will go to Sour Lake Elementary, and Jefferson County will go to China Elementary. view article arw

Some Frisco ISD high school students say they have been forced to sit in the aisle or on a friend's lap because their school bus is so crowded.  "You're literally holding on for dear life," said Independence High School freshman Siann Torres, who rode home on the bus floor twice during the first two weeks of school.  Parents in the Brookstone neighborhood on McKinney's west side have raised safety concerns with the district and shared photos and videos students took of the overcrowded bus.  view article arw

Some parents in Frisco ISD say their children are riding to and from class on school buses so crowded, they worry for their children's safety. "This is our original Facebook post," said Lisa Cook looking at her Brookstone neighborhood Facebook page and a post asking if any other children had reported riding on a crowded bus. "I looked at it and saw that more parents were talking about it." view article arw

Midway ISD is desperate to find qualified bus drivers for the 2017-2018 school year. Corry Crager, the operations director for Midway ISD, said it's normal to be down two or three drivers, but they're double that at the moment. "We're five to six drivers short and we've had to do other things to off set that," said Crager. view article arw

Longview ISD's first week of school has been marked by complaints from parents about missing students, long pickup times, busing issues and disorganization at the new East Texas Montessori Prep Academy as the district tries to get the school's 1,100 students home safely each day. It's a situation parents say started Monday and has not been fully resolved. view article arw

Bryan ISD released a statement today in connection to the mayhem that was reported with Bryan ISD's transportation services on Monday after school. On Monday, Todd Duke dropped his 10-year-old son off at Bryan High, where his son will get on a bus that will eventually take him to Jane Long Middle School. That bus arrived 40 minutes late, at 8 am instead of the scheduled 7:20 am, leaving students wondering when their bus would arrive. Today, there hasn't been much of a difference versus Monday. view article arw

Midway through a hectic week of putting out fires, Bryan school district's superintendent is attributing the bulk of the delayed busing issues to officials miscalculating routes -- adding that the situation is seeing improvement but that the district still will need to bring in an outside consultant. On the first day of school, students waited in buses for up to two hours, and parents jammed district phone lines trying to find their children. Four parents on Monday and one parent on Tuesday also called Bryan police in an attempt to find their children. view article arw

Chico School Board members Monday approved purchasing four school buses as part of the district’s voter-approved bond package. The board earlier in the meeting adopted an order authorizing the issuance of school building bonds. The buses will include three-point seat belts, which is required of all buses built after Sept. 1, Superintendent Don Elsom said. The added requirement comes from a bill signed earlier this year by Gov. Greg Abbott mandating the safety harnesses. Elsom said it wasn’t made clear in the law how wearing the seat belts would be enforced on the 71-seat vehicles. The added cost of the seat belts brought the district’s purchase from around $350,000 to $363,000. view article arw

The superintendent of Bryan Independent School District said it's "all hands on deck" to fix ongoing student transportation issues. Dr. Christie Whitbeck also said the district takes full responsibility for the issues that had students delayed several hours. Some who spoke to KBTX say their children weren't getting home until after 6 p.m. view article arw

A Lake Travis Independent School District school bus with no school children on board was involved in a crash Wednesday afternoon. The crash happened around 4:15 p.m. at Bee Creek Road near Barnett Glen Road. A spokesperson for the district said a driver lost control and hit the bus. A photo from a KXAN viewer shows the front driver side of the bus with extensive damage. view article arw

During the Rusk ISD school board meeting Monday, Aug. 14, the topic of hiring bus drivers was discussed. The district is having trouble finding people willing to drive school buses. According to Rusk ISD officials, this is an issue that many school districts are facing. With the school year just around the corner, it is also an issue they are trying to solve quickly. view article arw

Bryan Independent School District is apologizing to families after hundreds of bus routes were messed up, leaving many parents wondering where their kids were on the first day of school. "They certainly expect better than that from us and we certainly expect better than that from ourselves, too," said Brandon Webb, Executive Director of Communications & Public Affairs. view article arw

The first day of school went a lot longer than expected for some students in Bryan. KBTX heard from parents on Monday who were upset there were issues with bus routes. Just before 6 p.m. buses started heading out of the Bryan ISD bus hub to take students home. view article arw

Confusion surrounding transportation was cleared up Tuesday night at a South San Antonio Independent School District meeting. Children from Zamora Middle School will be guaranteed transportation to avoid a dangerous six-lane highway on their way to school. A South San ISD spokesperson said plans to bus children who walk across Highway 16 did not go smoothly on the first day of school, but there were fewer issues Tuesday. view article arw

The Ysleta Independent School District has two new school buses -- and they're not the yellow kind. Advertisement These are full-size motor coaches wrapped with images of student athletes and showcasing the district's slogan, "The District: The Only Choice." view article arw

Willis Independent School District parents – upset over new bus routes and pick-up/drop-off locations – are urging the district to abandon the changes. While the district says it is listening to parent safety concerns and open to some compromise, it has no plans of making major switches now that the school year has started. Parents are complaining about the distance children must walk to catch the bus; that the students much walk in the pitch dark; and that the roads the children are walking to catch or awaiting the bus are too dangerous. view article arw

School bus riders in the Austin Independent School District will be learning an entirely new way to cross the street. Monday, Transportation Director Kris Hafezizadeh said the district no longer wants children to step off the bus and walk in front of it to get to the other side of the street. view article arw

The report came the same day the bus agency’s trustees proposed a tax increase to help with its finances and officially called for a November election that the Legislature required the agency to hold after several area lawmakers questioned its business dealings.  Trustees want to increase the agency’s tax rate to a full penny per $100 of assessed property value. That’s up from the current rate of 0.009271. Officials said for the homeowner of an average priced home in the county — about $234,000 — would see a bump in their tax bill of about $3.43. The agency must have a public hearing on the rate before its finalized. view article arw

As the school year approaches, two local school districts are in need of school bus drivers. Bushland ISD Director of Planned Operations and Transportation Paul Dees said their biggest fear is not having enough drivers to take children to and from school.  view article arw

Dallas Independent School District board members grilled Dallas County Schools Thursday, wanting to know if the troubled bus agency has enough bus drivers to be able to get kids to school on time this year.  Less than three weeks from the first day of school, NBC 5 Investigates has learned the agency is short hundreds of drivers. view article arw

Struggling school bus agency Dallas County Schools is short on drivers, and there are concerns about whether there will be enough drivers to get all of the kids to class. By some estimates, DCS — which runs bus service in eight North Texas school districts — is hundreds of drivers short with just weeks until the start of school. view article arw

Multiple schools in Texas have rolled out a new program that uses high-tech ID badges to make sure students actually get on the bus. The new badge system is called “Smart Tag”, which is designed to monitor exactly where and when students board or disembark on a bus. The device uses Radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology and cloud-connect tablet computers that allow parents and schools to get real-time information via email. view article arw

WHITE OAK — School Superintendent Mike Gilbert walked trustees on Monday through a $12.58 million budget proposal for the coming school year that would mark a 3 percent drop in spending for the second year in a row.  "This decrease in the budget does not lend itself to less of an education for our kids," Gilbert said. "That's non-negotiable to me."  Gilbert had good tax news for school patrons who overwhelmingly approved a $19 million bond last May on a district projection that it would boost the tax rate to $1.62 per $100 property valuation. view article arw

School is coming up and law enforcement wants Lamar County drivers to know they'll be cracking down on what they call a major problem here over the years - people driving around stopped school buses. view article arw