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Texas Education Code § 34.007 allows (but does not require) a district to operate “an economical public school transportation system.” That same section requires that all bus drivers must be certified in accordance with Texas Department of Public Safety rules. Employees who drive regular bus routes must be certified by the DPS or be currently enrolled in an approved school bus safety education course. Tex. Transp. Code § 521.022(e). Because some employees who are not regular bus route drivers, especially extra-curricular coaches, must sometimes transport students, it is important to know if they must also hold school bus driver certification. The answer to the question is found by a combination of the Texas Transportation Code and the Texas Administrative Code.

A group of East Texas bus drivers receive free virtual training on some real life scenarios. The goal is to make them the safest drivers possible. School districts and parents want drivers who can get kids to and from school safely, and the "School Bus 101" program equips drivers with the skills and knowledge to do that everyday. Thirty school bus drivers from the Atlanta School District are being updated January 15th - 17th on the latest state laws and safety training. view article arw

A student was injured and transported to Lufkin hospital for possible treatment following a crash Wednesday morning involving a Hudson ISD school bus, according to a report from Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. David Hendry. While the Hudson school bus stopped to allow a student to board about 7 a.m., it was struck from behind by a 1995 Ford pickup, the release states.The truck’s driver, David Snyder, 57, of Lufkin, and the school bus driver, Richard Reeves, 60, of Pollok, were reportedly uninjured in the crash, according to the release. view article arw

No one was injured when several vehicles crashed with a Klein ISD school bus Monday afternoon in northwest Harris County. view article arw

A recent school bus wreck has driven some East Texas parents into a frenzy on social media. “It was placed on Facebook and it had been talked about because people had driven through there, and I was like, ‘oh my goodness, this pothole is so big it almost looks like a sinkhole, like the beginning of a sinkhole,’” concerned citizen Kimberly Hutchinson says. view article arw

With the new year, comes new opportunities. Killeen ISD is looking to hire new school bus drivers. A growing shortage of bus drivers is impacting districts nationwide, including right here in Central Texas. view article arw

Cy-Fair ISD transports more students daily than any other school district in the state. Director of Transportation Kayne Smith said the $44 million operation uses a neighborhood school concept to minimize travel. view article arw

Dallas school district officials promised a better busing system if voters shut down a beleaguered agency mired with corruption. But as Dallas ISD wraps up its first semester in the transportation business, growing pains continue. view article arw

Dallas school district officials promised a better busing system if voters shut down a beleaguered agency mired with corruption. But as Dallas ISD wraps up its first semester in the transportation business, growing pains continue.  The new department remains without a director. Better software is needed. And parents continue to be frustrated over missed buses, long commutes and poor communication.  District leaders acknowledge that the launch has been bumpy but said most major issues — such as late buses — are subsiding.  "It was a challenge in six months to start a $50 million operation and hire 1,000 people to perform that," said Scott Layne, deputy superintendent of operations. "I'm not making excuses. We should have done a better job. I realize that. But I do feel like we've turned a corner. We're definitely making progress." view article arw

The parents of a Trinity ISD student who was killed on a bus that had allegedly not been modified to meet safety standards have reached a settlement with the district. Though the terms of the settlement are confidential, the parents told us recently that the main reason they decided to go to court was to save other parents' children in the future. view article arw

Thanks to state grants, students at Leander Independent School District (ISD) – located in a suburb of Austin, Texas – will be riding to school in new Blue Bird Vision Propane buses this month. The 24 new buses are equipped with Ford’s 6.8L V10 engine and ROUSH CleanTech’s propane autogas fuel system, certified by both the California Air Resources Board and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). According to ROUSH CleanTech, these buses produce low nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions at 0.05g NOx, which is 75% cleaner than the EPA emissions standard. “The impact of our school bus fleet on the environment is a big concern because many of our community members live in an environmentally sensitive area,” says Ann Hatton, director of transportation for Leander ISD. view article arw

Two dozen brand new school buses in the Leander Independent School District are better for the environment and cheaper to run. And while it's not needed this time of year, parents should be happy to hear they came equipped with air conditioning. Many families put up a fight when classes started in the fall after learning their children were riding home from school in 100-plus degree temperatures with no a/c. A few weeks later the district vowed to have a/c on all buses by the summer of 2019 using bond money and a state grant. view article arw

Should Round Rock school district staff keep kindergartners from exiting a school bus unless a parent or guardian is there to meet them? One parent said that should be the case after an incident she and her son went through this school year. Karen Pawson-Smith, who lives in the western portion of the district in Northwest Austin, is calling for additional precautions for younger students taking a bus home after her 5-year-old son was dropped off and left alone at the wrong stop. The incident occurred Sept. 5, when Smith’s son took a school bus home for the first time. She said her son inadvertently exited the bus at a stop before his, thinking he was doing the correct thing when he saw a group of other students exit. When the bus left, Smith said her son stood at the intersection for 16 minutes until the bus came back. view article arw

All passengers inside of a Bridgeport ISD school bus suffered minor injuries and a car passenger suffered critical injuries Saturday night after the Bridgeport Sissies high school basketball team bus was involved in a crash in Parker County. view article arw

A Bridgeport High School bus carrying the girls basketball team home from a tournament crashed Saturday night, sending eight people to the hospital.  A coach was driving five players north on Highway 51 from Granbury to Bridgeport when a southbound car crossed the dividing line and hit the bus head-on around 9:45 p.m., Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Ricky Hunter said.  The bus rolled, sending the 30-year-old coach, four 14-year-old players and one 15-year old to a Fort Worth hospital with minor injures. view article arw

One child is dead and at least 40 others -- mostly children -- were injured after a youth football team bus traveling from Texas to Memphis, Tenn., crashed in Arkansas early Monday morning, police said. view article arw

It's a dangerous trend across the nation; drivers illegally passing school buses and it's happening here Southeast Texas. That’s what 12News found as kids in Beaumont were being dropped off from school. It’s putting your kids in danger. We wanted to see what an average day looked like for a Beaumont Independent School District bus driver. Our cameras were rolling as bus drivers picked up students from two schools. view article arw

50 students onboard a Tyler ISD school bus was involved in a crash. It happened around 2:30 pm on Wednesday afternoon near Loop 323 and Town Park Dr. view article arw

 Leander ISD is teaming up with Department of Public Safety to crack down on drivers breaking the law and passing stopped school buses. The district says there have been too many close calls. Bus drivers are putting together a list of trouble spots from their routes. DPS will then start patrolling the problem areas, and in some cases, troopers will even be riding on the buses. In a message to parents, the district says, "Please don't be alarmed if you see a law enforcement officer on your student's bus." view article arw

Although it looked as though Killeen ISD was closing the gap on its shortage of bus drivers at the end of last year, the situation appears to have worsened. Of the close to 300 drivers needed, the district currently has 56 vacant positions, 35 of which are regular, six-hour shift drivers, according to district spokesman Terry Abbott. The remaining positions are drivers who work shorter shifts or special hours. view article arw

Austin ISD in need of more than two dozen bus drivers Experience isn't required, and the job even comes with a $400 signing bonus, but Austin ISD is still struggling to find drivers for their buses. "We're having to scramble to find drivers to cover different routes or to cover extra routes," said Sonaya Vazquez, human relations coordinator at AISD. At a district job fair for future bus drivers Wednesday, the room was pretty quiet. "We're having to scramble to find drivers to cover different routes or to cover extra routes," Vazquez said. view article arw

A Paradise ISD bus hit a Ford Focus SUV between 7:45 and 8 a.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Schoolhouse Road and Main Street in Paradise. Department of Public Safety Trooper Ralph Wallace said the bus disregarded the stop sign on Schoolhouse Road and hit the Focus, which was traveling south on Main Street. The driver of the Focus, Harold Oberg, 53, of Runaway Bay was not injured. view article arw

Frisco ISD leaders say an incident involving a missing student led to a proposal they are asking voters to approve on Tuesday. Part of a $691 million bond package would automate a system to make sure students who ride the bus don’t get lost. view article arw

This school year, delays and confusion plagued the launch of a new bus system for Houston students who attend specialty schools outside their neighborhood. That’s why some parents want the Houston Independent School District to scrap the new “hub” system and create a whole new transit plan. The current system requires students to catch their bus at designated hub locations instead of stops in their neighborhood. Susan Green told News 88.7 that her son was waiting almost an hour to ride home because the bus driver had to double up on routes. Now his dad picks him up. view article arw

Coppell ISD revealed Friday that a worn wiring harness that wrapped around an engine component resulted in a CISD bus fire. On Oct. 17, a bus carrying two students to Valley Ranch Elementary caught fire in Irving after smoke began to come from the engine. The driver, who noticed the smoke, pulled over, and he and the bus monitor quickly evacuated the two students and themselves from the bus. Moments after the evacuation, the bus ignited into flames, officials said. According to a report conducted by Durham School Services, over time the wiring harness deteriorated exposing the 12 volt cable. This cable welded to the metal component causing sufficient heat to ignite the fire. The wear of the wire was not caught during regular bus inspections due to its location underneath the coolant recovery tank, rendering it not visible to inspectors. view article arw

Across the country, five children have been killed and others injured walking to or from school last week. Six-year-old Aden Rogers was hit by a car in Benbrook on Friday. “I was running to the school bus and then the car hit me,” Aden said. view article arw

A mechanical issue sparked a fire on a Durham School Services school bus two weeks ago, the Coppell ISD Superintendent told parents and the community in a letter. “The fire was caused by a mechanical issue involving a worn wiring harness that wrapped around an engine component resulting in the fire,” Superintendent Brad Hunt said. view article arw

One day after a deadly collision at a school bus stop in Indiana where three children were killed, Klein ISD police show KHOU 11 why a local school bus stop is considered the most dangerous within the school district. The bus stop is located along Veterans Memorial near Bammel North Houston Road. view article arw

Two Gladewater ISD staff members were fired after a 4-year-old student was left on a bus for hours last week, Superintendent Sedric Clark said Tuesday. view article arw

The woman allegedly at the wheel of a pickup truck that struck and killed three young Indiana siblings told investigators she saw flashing emergency lights on the rural highway but didn't realize it was a school bus picking up the children until it was too late, according to authorities. The alleged driver, Alyssa Shepherd, 24, told an Indiana State Police detective that by the time she realized a bus was stopped on the two-lane highway, the children were already in front of her vehicle, according to an audio recording obtained by ABC News Wednesday of what the detective said at Shepherd's probable cause hearing. view article arw

No one was injured when a Gilmer ISD bus carrying 15 members of the volleyball team was involved in a hit-and-run crash on Tuesday.  Texas Department of Public Safety troopers responded shortly before 10 p.m. to the crash on Texas Highway 154 West near Groundhog Road in Upshur County, according to a news release from the department.  view article arw

FULTON COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU) - Three siblings were hit and killed by a pickup truck while boarding a school bus early Tuesday morning in Fulton County.  Alivia Stahl, Mason & Xzavier Ingle, and Alyssa Shepherd  The driver of the truck, Alyssa Shepherd, 24, of rural Rochester, was arrested Tuesday afternoon. She has been charged with three counts of reckless homicide and one count of passing a school bus with its safety arm extended and causing injury. view article arw

State Police have released the names of three young siblings who were struck and killed by a pickup truck as they crossed a northern Indiana road before sunrise to board a school bus. Sgt. Tony Slocum says 6-year-old twin brothers Xzavier and Mason Ingle died at the scene Tuesday morning along with their 9-year-old sister, Alivia Stahl. All three were students at Mentone Elementary School. view article arw

A great-grandmother is concerned her great-granddaughter isn't getting the education she needs because the Floresville School District refuses to send a bus down the street where they live. The family said it's difficult for the child to get to the closest bus stop that's about a mile away. Lea Popham, 86, said her great-granddaughter Ryanne, 5, hasn't been able to go to school since the start of the school year in August, so now she's been unenrolled. view article arw

Carthage ISD plans to spend $551,323 to buy six new buses for its fleet. District trustees approved the purchase of five standard buses and one handicap bus from Longhorn Bus Sales at their Monday meeting. view article arw