In order to adhere to appropriate social distancing, bus transportation during the 2020-21 school year may be limited and is not guaranteed. The elibility guidelines below are based on pre-pandemic routes and are provided for reference only, as determinations regarding 2020-21 bus routes have not yet been made.
Transportation is traditionally available for FBISD students in grades K-12 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 has also traditionally been available for FBISD students who:
- Attend Programs of Choice, such as the G/T Academy, High School Academies or Early College/PTECH Programs. Note: This transportation has traditionally been offered to/from an elementary school near the student’s residence.
- Live in an area as defined as a Hazardous Route.
- Attend an overflow campus, due to an enrollment management plan.
PICK UP TIME CRITERIA
Fort Bend ISD’s transportation department strives to 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 Needs 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. For safety reasons, bus drivers are instructed not to stop or open the door for late students once the bus begins to move.. FBISD strongly discourages students from approaching a moving bus.
BUS ROUTE CRITERIA
Bus stop guidelines for regular transportation:
- Elementary school - bus stop will average up to .20 miles (1056 feet) if the area permits.
- Middle school and High school - bus stop will average up to .50 miles (2640 feet) if the area permits.
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 placed in private gated communities, cul-de-sacs, or dead-end streets. Bus stops will be located at the corner of the intersections and middle of the block that match the distance guidelines. The above criteria apply to regular education students only. Special Program stops will have a consolidated bus stop such as elementary schools. Special needs stops are to be subject to different criteria.
School buses are rated by manufacturers to have a capacity of three riders per seat. Fort Bend ISD has adopted maximum ridership per bus at three riders per seat at elementary levels, two and a half riders per seat at middle school levels, and two riders per seat at high school levels. Note: Due to social distancing guidelines, there will be reduced capacity on each FBISD bus, and transportation will be limited and is not guaranteed.
Frequently Asked Questions
The bus did not show up on time for my child, how long should he/she wait at the stop?
My child's bus is overcrowded. Can some children be placed on another bus?
I cannot see my child's bus stop from my house. How can I get the bus stop moved closer?
Whom do I call when I have questions or concerns?