Who do I have to notify that my child will not ride the bus if they are sick?
It is not a requirement to notify Transportation for regular school bus riders. However, parents of Special Needs students should call the Transportation Office @ (210) 882-1600 ex 5146 if their student does not ride the bus.
My child missed the bus in the morning, what do I need to do?
If a student is late arriving to their stop and missed the bus, it is the responsibility of the parent to provide transportation to the campus. Buses must maintain their schedule in order not to interrupt other stops and arrive to the campus on time. Buses cannot go back for students.
The bus did not arrive at my child’s stop. What do I do?
If your child’s is running late, contact the Transportation Office @ (210) 882-1600 ex 5146 to find out the status of the bus. Transportation will make every effort to be on time, but will not contact the parents if the bus is running late.
What should a parent/guardian do if a student that is assigned to ride a school bus does not arrive home within a reasonable time after the appointed bus stop drop off time, or is not on the bus when it arrives at the bus stop?
The parent/guardian should first contact the school the student is assigned to and inquire if the bus is running late or if for some reason the student missed getting on the bus prior to departure from the school. If the parent/guardian is unable to make contact with the school or the school has already closed for the day, the parent/guardian should contact the Transportation Office at (210) 882-1600 ex. 5146 for the bus the student is assigned to ride.
Can my child ride home with another student?
No. All of our buses run secondary routes and do not have available space for extra riders. We cannot make exceptions.
What process should a parent/guardian use if they have a concern regarding their child’s school bus transportation, ( bus stop assignment, schedule of bus arrival at the assigned bus stop, discipline at the bus stop or on the bus, etc?
Parent/guardian concerns regarding student transportation should be directed to the Transportation Office at (210) 882-1600 ex. 5146.
If a student has received a Bus Safety Report/Referral, contact the student’s campus for details.
What is the recommended capacity of a school bus for elementary, middle, and high schools?
The Southside ISD Transportation department has established a ridership of 71 students on an elementary school bus route and 58 students on middle and high school bus routes.
Why does the bus air conditioning system appear to not cool the bus?
The AC system is designed to cool the bus at 20° less than the ambient air temperature. For example, if the outside temp is 97°, the AC will only cool the bus to 77°.
What days does Southside ISD provide transportation for my student?
Please refer to the SISD School Calendar for the respective school year.
Who is eligible to ride the school bus?
Southside ISD provides transportation for any student who lives more than 2 miles away from his/her school, or for which there is a certified hazardous situation noted in compliance with Texas Education Code (TEC) Section 42.155(d).
Is there a registration process for school bus transportation?
During the first week of each school year; parents and students must sign and return the following Southside Transportation forms:
The Student Bus Rider Information (all students)/Standard Transportation Release Form (Pre-K through 6th only)
School Bus Rider’s Safety Handbook Acknowledgment of Rights and Responsibilities
Pre-K students must have an authorized adult present to receive them at both drop off and pick up time —– NO EXCEPTIONS. (Standard Transportation release form does not apply to 7th grade through 12th grade)
How is the travel distance from a student’s residence measured to determine eligibility for transportation?
The distance between the school and residences is calculated using the Transportation department’s software system based on a 2 mile radius measurement.
My home is too close to the school to be eligible, but I feel it is hazardous for my children to walk each day. What can I do?
Southside ISD will provide transportation for any student who lives more than 2 miles away from school, or for which there is a certified hazardous situation noted in compliance with TEC, Section 42.155. If you feel there are hazardous areas which jeopardize your student’s safety, please contact the Transportation Office at (210) 882-5146.
I am a taxpayer in the district, why is my son/daughter not eligible to receive transportation?
Southside ISD provides transportation for any student who lives more than 2 miles away from his/her school, or for which there is a certified hazardous situation noted in compliance with TEC, Section 42.155.
What if I registered my student for school and do not receive school bus transportation information, who do I call?
Please contact your student’s campus.
How can I determine my student(s) bus stop location(s) and arrival time(s)?
Access the Southside ISD Boundaries and Buses Information System on the Internet. While there, you may search for the current school assignment, bus route information, and any future Board adopted boundary changes by entering the student’s street number and street name, and following the prompts.
My student lives with me 3 days a week and my ex-spouse 2 days a week. This will require my student to have fluctuating schedules, is this allowed?
Students will not be permitted to have “fluctuating schedules”. This means that students will not be permitted to have certain days of the week on which to pick-up or drop-off at one location, and then another location the rest of the week. Fluctuating schedules introduce too much of a risk for safety to the student.
My son/daughter has been assigned to another school due to enrollment cap at their home school, who should I contact for transportation information?
Please contact the student’s respective assigned school for transportation information.