The first day of school started off rocky for some Mesquite ISD students and parents when the school bus never showed. It turns out the district canceled a bus route. And while a letter about that went out in June, not every family got it. view article arw

Walking with a handfull of fellow bus drivers, Addie Allen steps out into the daylight from the Round Rock ISD Transportation East Facility. Hundreds of buses sit glistening in the sun, an uncomfortable and sticky work environment up until a few years ago.  view article arw

Across Texas, hundreds of school districts researched and either implemented or upgraded school safety measures as a result of the deadly Santa Fe High School shooting in May 2018. This year marks the second time the Texas School Safety Center hosted its School Safety Conference with a combined audience of 135 law enforcement agencies and school administrators from 176 districts. Previously, the center hosted separate conferences — one for school-based law enforcement in the summer and one for school administrators in the fall. The center merged the conferences with the approach that everyone should be working together on the topics of school safety and mental health.  view article arw

Northeast ISD starts class Monday and that means we will be seeing a lot more school buses on the roads. Ron Bailey is one of the drivers behind the wheel, and for a lot of students at NEISD, he is the first face they see in the morning to start the school day. view article arw

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 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

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

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.

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: 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