Student Transportation Handbook

Anna ISD schools, students and parents all share the responsibility of ensuring that bus transportation to and from school remains safe. Working together, recognizing and understanding each other’s responsibilities will help the district and families keep the system running in an organized and efficient manner. Surveillance cameras are used on Anna ISD buses to ensure student and driver safety.

Parents assume the responsibility for their students traveling back and forth from home to the bus stop.

Morning Bus Stop

Regular transportation attempts to arrive at every bus stop on time. Due to variances of individual clocks, students are asked to arrive at the bus stop 10 minutes prior to the scheduled arrival time. Buses will load students and depart the stop at the assigned times. Regular buses do not wait for late students. Special needs buses follow much the same criteria, but will wait up to 2 minutes at each stop.

Afternoon Bus Route

All buses allow a 10 minute loading window after school is dismissed in the afternoon for students to board. Students are expected to proceed immediately to the buses. Bus drivers are instructed not to stop or open the door for late students after the 10 minute window.

We do not require, but encourage parents with children in grades Pre-K - 2nd to be at the bus stop or have a responsible adult meet the bus in the afternoon. This assures the bus driver that your child is in safe hands. All AISD students will be released to their assigned stop regardless of the presence of a parent or guardian.

Student Locating System

Students using transportation are assigned a locating badge (ZPass). The ZPass is scanned as they enter and exit the bus, allowing a student to be located if necessary. The first ZPass will be provided by Anna ISD at no charge.

Students will be responsible for having their ZPass on a daily basis and will not be permitted to use district transportation without it. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the school prior to 1:00PM if they do not have their ZPass and will need to ride the bus that afternoon. Each replacement ZPass is $5.00 and available to purchase at all AISD campuses and the AISD Transportation Building. Students are given a 2 week grace period to pay for the replacement ZPass. If there is an outstanding balance after 2 weeks, a student loses their privilege for transportation until balance is paid in full.

Discipline

The bus driver has the same authority over the child as a classroom teacher. Appropriate student behavior is essential to the safe operation of district transportation. Students must comply with the expectations of the Student Code of Conduct (SCC) while using district transportation. In addition to compliance with the SCC, students are expected to comply with the following transportation rules:

  • Enter and exit transportation vehicles in an orderly manner at the designated stop
  • Remain seated in designated seats facing forward
  • Keep aisles clear of books, bags, instruments, feet, or other obstructions
  • Comply with directives issued by the driver
  • Follow the driver’s rules for food and beverages
  • Do not extend any body part, clothing, or other article outside of the bus 
  • Keeps hands, feet, other body parts, or objects to yourself
  • Refrain from making loud or distracting noises
  • Do not obstruct the driver’s view\
  • Do not throw objects inside the vehicle or out of the windows or doors
  • Do not mark, deface, or tamper with seats, windows, emergency doors or other equipment

Any violation of these rules may be sufficient reason to discontinue bus transportation privileges to the student involved and may cause suspension or expulsion from school.

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