Pick Up Time Criteria. Regular transportation attempts to arrive at every bus stop on time. Due to the variances between individual clocks and changing traffic patterns, students are asked to arrive at the bus stop 5 minutes prior to the scheduled arrival time. Buses will load students and depart the stop. Regular buses do not wait for late students under most circumstances.
All buses will wait at the school in the afternoon for students to board. Students are expected to proceed immediately to the buses. Once released by administrators, bus drivers are instructed not to stop or open the door for late students due to safety concerns having students too close to moving bus wheels. If a bus is more than ten (10) minutes late, please call Dispatch (see
number above) to report the delay.
Walking to a bus stop. Bus stops may be in front of the student’s home or up to .4 tenths of a mile from their home. In either case, students are expected to be at the bus stop at least five (5) minutes before the designated pickup time for the bus stop. If a driver has to wait for a student, the driver is required to make a bus referral.
Missing the bus. If a student misses the bus, it is the parent’s responsibility to get the student to school.
Dropping at unauthorized stops. Students must get on and off the bus at their designated stops. In order to drop students at other than their designated stops, parents must request a bus pass from the appropriate school administrator. This pass (signed by the administrator) must be given to the driver prior to boarding the bus.
Alternate Drop Sites. Parents may also designate a child-care facility or grandparent’s residence as the regular pick-up and drop-off locations for their children. The designated facility or residence must be on an approved stop or route. For information on bus routes (including pick-up / drop-off locations go to the infoFinder i page, or call SWISD Transportation and speak to a dispatcher at (210) 622-4901.
Pre-K and K students. Any Kindergarten/Pre-Kindergarten student(s) who cannot be released to a parent / responsible adult will be taken back to the school office. It will then be the parent’s responsibility to pick up the student.
The student may lose his/her bus riding privileges after three (3) occurrences if an authorized person is not at the bus stop to receive the student.
Riding the Bus
a. General. Students are expected to assist district staff in ensuring that buses remain in good condition and that a safe environment is maintained on the bus. When riding in district vehicles, students are held to behavioral standards outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. Misconduct will be dealt with in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. Depending on the nature of the misconduct, penalties will be assessed up to, and including suspension from riding the bus, and possibly Class C misdemeanors for Disruption of Transportation (TEC Section 37.126).
b. Expected student behaviors at the bus stop, or on the bus:
c. Riding a different bus. If a student has a requirement to ride a different bus, the parent must request a bus pass from the school administrator. The pass must be signed by the appropriate administrator and given to the bus driver prior to boarding.