CNA(REGULATION) - TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT: STUDENT TRANSPORTATION

Transportation Department Procedures

The transportation department publishes Transportation Department Procedures, a handbook of information about expectations of employees, driver assignment procedures, driver training requirements, driving regulations, and safety/emergency expectations. This handbook is updated regularly to reflect changes in District policy and state or federal law or regulation.

Criteria for Eligible Student Riders

A student is eligible for transportation route service if either of the following criteria is met:

The student resides two or more miles from his or her campus of regular attendance, i.e., home school, magnet school, or District academy, measured along the shortest route to school. The "home school" campus is determined by the student's residential address and the assignment boundary of each school.

The student lives within two miles of his or her home school, magnet school, or District academy but would be subject to hazardous traffic conditions if the student were to walk to school.

Transfer Students

Transfer students are not eligible for transportation route service.

Bus Stops

A student who uses District transportation will board the bus at an authorized stop. Authorized stops will be designated annually by the Superintendent or designee. Bus drivers will load and unload passengers only at authorized stops.

Bus route information is available on the District's website, and a copy is mailed to the homes of eligible bus riders prior to the start of each school year. Each school has access to all bus stop and route information for that school.

Partnership with Schools and Parents

The transportation department and individual schools must work together to ensure students are delivered safely to school. Schools are encouraged to communicate issues and questions to the department as they occur to facilitate their prompt resolution.

"Guidelines Governing Student Conduct on School Buses" is available on the District's website. These guidelines outline the responsibilities and expectations of students, parents, bus drivers, and principals to ensure a safe environment on school buses.

Students and parents are encouraged to read these guidelines carefully to understand their responsibilities and expectations, including the consequences that may result for behaviors that interfere with a safe environment on the bus.

Hazardous Routes

The administration recognizes that hazardous transportation conditions may exist in situations that do not meet Texas Education Agency (TEA) reimbursement guidelines. The Superintendent or designee will consider applications for transportation of students for whom the District would not be eligible for TEA reimbursement.

To be considered for a hazardous bus route, the interested party should call the District transportation department to request that a representative visit the proposed site to determine whether it is eligible for a hazardous bus route.

A road condition will be considered hazardous to student pedestrian traffic under the following conditions:

A student must walk along or across a freeway, an expressway, an overpass, an underpass, or a bridge where no walkway is provided; or

A student must cross an uncontrolled major traffic artery.

Neighborhood streets without a sidewalk will not be considered hazardous to pedestrian traffic.

The transportation department representative will respond to the request in a timely manner and render the decision according to the guidelines outlined in CNA(LEGAL).

Late Bus Transportation

The District recognizes that under certain circumstances, it will be necessary for the District to provide transportation to the students' homes following the conclusion of after-school activities.

Middle Schools

Late bus service will be provided to middle school campuses that meet at least three of the following criteria:

The campus serves students who receive services under:

Diversity Choice, as defined under FC(LOCAL); or

No Child Left Behind school choice option, as defined in CNA(LEGAL).

The campus serves a student population of which at least 30 percent of students are eligible for the free and reduced lunch program.

The campus provides transportation to students who:

Live at least three and one-half miles away from their assigned campus; or

Must cross a significant barrier, such as a major highway, to reach their assigned campus.

The campus is not served by Capital Metro.

One of the following is located on the campus:

Lively Middle School Magnet Program;

Kealing Middle School Magnet Program; or

Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders.

High Schools

Late bus service will be provided to high schools that meet at least three of the following criteria:

The campus serves students who receive services under:

Diversity Choice, as defined under FC(LOCAL); or

No Child Left Behind school choice option, as defined in CNA(LEGAL).

The campus serves a student population of which at least 40 percent of students are eligible for the free and reduced lunch program.

The campus provides transportation to students who live at least five miles away from their assigned campus or a significant barrier, such as a major highway.

The campus is not served by Capital Metro.

One of the following is located on the campus:

Liberal Arts and Science Academy of Austin;

Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders;

Eastside Memorial Early College High School; or

International High School of Austin.

Austin ISD

CNA(REGULATION)-X

LDU 2019.13

DATE ISSUED: 12/16/2019