The governor’s tone shifted this week as the Texas Department of State Health Services continued to report an alarming number of new cases and hospitalizations.  State health officials reported a record 5,551 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, and the state broke its record for hospitalizations for the 13th day in a row.  The state health agency reported 4,389 patients in Texas hospitals.  “People need to take this serious. People need to take responsive actions to control the spread,” Abbott said. view article arw

COPPERAS COVE — Copperas Cove ISD currently has 91 buses in its fleet with a request to purchase two more at a cost of $110,000 each for use this fall as students return to campuses.  Despite student lessons taught remotely from mid-March through the end of May, transportation staff have remained busy delivering more than 6,000 meals to Copperas Cove senior citizens through the Cove Cares program and serving the school district’s fleet of buses.  CCISD Transportation Director Gary Elliott says the pandemic gave transportation personnel time to deliver meals, get caught up on a back log of work orders, and prepare for new bus routes, registration, and in-service scheduling. view article arw

After eight months of deliberation, Leander ISD’s board of trustees on June 18 voted to implement the new hazardous routes formula.   The new formula, which district officials said uses a stricter vetting system than last year’s formula, makes 18 routes to school within 2 miles of campuses no longer eligible for bus service.  Trustees approved the implementation by a 6-1 vote, with Grace Barber-Jordan voting no. At the June 11 agenda review meeting, trustees had discussed making all routes eligible for the next school year.  LISD students who live 2 or more miles from campus qualify for bus transportation. Those who live less than 2 miles from their campus must provide their own transportation unless their walking route to school is graded as hazardous. In those cases, students are eligible for bus transportation. view article arw

VICTORIA, Texas –  A transportation company made a recommendation to widen the gap in release times between high school, middle and elementary campuses so school buses are able to operate more efficiently and on time.The head of the school district’s transportation department said they would need 20 new buses to meet current needs. Introductory budget talks also took place, during which trustees said they need to do better to pay mid-career educators at competitive rates to better retain them. The next two months are critical for budgetary talks for the school district, as facilities are also facing some much-needed upgrades. The percentage of funds in the district’s fund balance is also below where it needs to be. view article arw

LISD officials are looking into reducing the number of students on board a school bus at a time, but fear this could delay on their scheduled routes.  Hundreds of students depend on this service to get to campus . Officials say their school buses can carry up to 77 passengers. Social distancing guidelines would reduce the number of students in a bus by 80%. view article arw

San Angelo ISD is now hiring bus drivers. The starting salary is $14.75/hr. New bus drivers are eligible for a one-time, new employee hiring incentive of $500. view article arw

Dallas, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded $11.5 million to replace 580 older diesel school buses, in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.  The funds are going to 157 school bus fleets in 43 states, each of which will receive rebates through EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funding. Applicants replacing buses with engine model years 2006 and older will receive rebates between $15,000 and $20,000 per bus, depending on the size of the bus. One of the School Districts benefiting from the EPA’s donation is Kress ISD. view article arw

Comal ISD announced Tuesday it's launching bus Wi-Fi access for students. The district said it has equipped school buses with access points and parked them at seven locations. view article arw

As schools across the country shut their doors indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, millions of students are now adjusting to online learning. But for low income families who may not have access to WiFi, this transition is a problem. That's why the Austin Independent School District (ISD) has deployed 110 school buses now equipped with WiFi to neighborhoods and apartment complexes where the district identified the highest need for internet access. view article arw

A driver was shot before crashing into a Spring ISD school bus Tuesday morning in north Harris County, officials say. This happened on FM 1960 near Rolling Creek just before 7:30 a.m. Deputies are in the 1600 block of FM 1960, where a @SpringISD bus has crashed with another vehicle. The driver of that vehicle has a gunshot wound. No reports of injuries to students. view article arw

After four days of frustration over Houston ISD’s new transportation system, which parents widely have derided, Amanda Marshall wanted to know exactly how her 10-year-old son, Henry, was getting to his magnet school. view article arw

Two Austin ISD buses were involved in a crash in southeast Austin on Wednesday morning, and both police and the district say no injuries have been reported. view article arw

Several Conroe ISD elementary school students had minor injuries after a car slammed into their school bus. School officials said 58 students from Ford Elementary were on board at the time of the incident this morning. view article arw

An Abilene ISD bus driver was assaulted Monday morning. Police reports say the driver was transporting students back to the Abilene State Supported Living Center when one of the students refused to stay in his seat. The driver pulled over when he wouldn't sit down as requested, and after she stopped the bus, "the student began punching and kicking the bus driver," according to the reports. view article arw

The Pottsboro Independent School District’s board of trustees discussed a resolution to receive funding for a service they already provide during their regular meeting earlier this week. PISD Superintendent Kevin Matthews explained that Texas law does not provide transportation funding to school districts if the district is transporting students that live within two miles of the schools they attend, unless those areas are dangerous for students to cross. In this situation, that is the case, Matthews said. The board identified five areas they qualified as hazardous: Highway 289, Highway 120, FM 996, FM 1417 and Cardinal Lane. - See more at: http://heralddemocrat.com/news/schools/pottsboro-isd-board-identifies-dangerous-roads-stresses-student-safety#sthash.NCQqqUs4.dpuf view article arw

Humble Independent School District is hiring bus drivers for the 2015-2016 school year. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply online or visit a weekly job fair, held every Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1703 Wilson Rd, Humble, Texas, 77396. Humble ISD offers paid training to qualified applicants.

Heavy rain and high water pushed a Northwest Independent School District bus off the road, where it became stuck Thursday morning, according to authorities. The bus was stopped at a red light on Texas 114 near Farm-to-Market Road 156 when swift water in a heavy rainstorm overtook the road and pushed the bus onto the shoulder, according to Emily Conklin, the district's communications director. view article arw

A student from Parker Intermediate School was struck by a vehicle as he was getting on his school bus Monday morning in north Harris County. view article arw

Frisco ISD has pulled four Blue Bird school buses from its fleet as a precaution after a bus that had been in service for five days caught fire on Tuesday. No one was injured. Representatives from manufacturer Blue Bird and dealer Rush Bus Center met with district staff Wednesday to view the burned bus and the four others. view article arw

Three students from Stehlik Intermediate School in the Aldine Independent School District were taken to an area hospital Tuesday morning after a minor collision with a cement mixer. The wreck happened about 8 a.m. on West Road at Deer Trail Drive as the bus was transporting students to the school at 400 West Road, a school district spokeswoman said. The school is just west of Interstate 45. view article arw