Eligibility Requirements for Bus Riders
Students must meet eligibility requirements to ride the school bus. They must also adhere to transportation policies in order to take advantage of this service.
Transportation is available for Alief ISD students in Kindergarten to 12th grade who live two or more miles from their assigned school as measured through the routing system. The distance a student lives from the assigned school is determined by measuring the shortest route that may be traveled on public roads as defined in the routing system.
Transportation is not available for Alief ISD Pre-Kindergarten students, Mandarin Immersion Program students and in/out-of-district transfer students.
PICK-UP TIME CRITERIA:
Regular transportation attempts to arrive at every bus stop on time. Due to variances between 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. Regular buses do not wait for late students. Special Need Bus Transportation uses the same standard but will wait up to two minutes at a stop for a special needs student to load. Students are expected to proceed immediately to the bus. Bus drivers are instructed not to stop or open the door for late students once the bus begins to move for safety reasons. Alief ISD strongly discourages students from approaching a moving bus.
BUS ROUTE CRITERIA:
Bus routes are created to enhance student safety while maximizing vehicle efficiency. Stops are created at locations that allow students to wait off the main roadway for the bus if at all possible. Stops are not cul-de-sacs or dead-end streets. Bus stops will be located at the corner of intersections and middle of the block that match the distance guidelines. The above criteria apply to regular education students only. Special needs stops are subject to different criteria.