Transportation

All bus riders must have a transportation application on file. Each rider is provided a Bus Rider’s Handbook. The handbook is designed to help provide a safe and enjoyable experience for children and adults who ride school buses. Parents should take time to read and discuss the materials in this handbook with their children. Riding a school bus is a privilege provided by the school district and should be treated as such. Student information cards are to be completed and turned in to the driver within three days.

General Safety Rules

Obey the instructions of the bus driver. At no time will a student act toward or address comments to a bus driver in a disrespectful manner, or refuse to cooperate with the driver.
Board and leave the bus at designated stops only. Only students who are eligible to ride may be transported and must ride their assigned bus. No guest riders. Do not ask to ride home on another bus with a friend. It is the responsibility of the parent to provide transportation to school if a child misses the bus.

Procedures for Waiting for the Bus

Be at your bus stop five minutes before scheduled pick-up time. Driver will not wait or honk. Stand on the sidewalk or back from the roadway while waiting for the bus. When the bus approaches, form a line and be prepared to load immediately. Stand clear of the bus until it comes to a complete stop. If you miss the bus go home immediately.

Parents should instruct their children what procedure to follow if the bus is missed. Students will abide by the individual school’s rules and regulations concerning bus students, including conduct and dress.

Transportation COVID-19 Protocol: Parent Information

The Castleberry ISD Transportation Department offers the following guidance to parents and caregivers regarding school bus transportation for daily bus routes. Bus routes will run at regular capacity. Although the district is implementing the safety protocols and disinfecting efforts described below, families are encouraged to drop students off, carpool or walk with their student to school to reduce possible exposure on buses. We are requiring all of our drivers and students to wear masks while on the school bus.

General Education/Special Needs/Shuttle Loading and Unloading Procedures

Bus Stop Expectations
  • Students should practice social distancing, whenever possible (if there is adequate space and it is safe to do so) while waiting for and approaching the school bus.
  • Students should NOT share food, drinks or personal devices.
Boarding Bus Procedures
  • Students should practice social distancing as they approach and board the bus.
  • Bus monitors will take each students temperature prior to boarding school bus. Any students with a temperature of 100° or more will not be permitted to ride the school bus.
  • Parents will be contacted by the campus when a student fails to pass the temperature check which is under 100°.
  • Use hand sanitizer (provided near the bus stairwell).
  • Seating: Students will be seated by assigned seats.
  • Bus in motion rules: Standard Castleberry ISD bus rules apply.
  • Students should NOT share food, drinks or personal devices.
Unloading at Campus
  • Students should practice social distancing and follow campus guidelines.
Unloading at Bus Stop
  • Students should practice Social Distancing and avoid gathering in groups of 10 or more.
  • Students are encouraged to head home immediately.
Disinfecting Protocol
Between each AM & PM Campus drop-off
  • School bus drivers, bus assistants and staff will be wiping down seats and high-touch items.
  • Bus seating areas will be disinfected after each bus route, particularly high-touch surfaces such as bus seats, steering wheels, knobs and stairway handrail.
  • When possible, bus windows will be open to allow outside air to circulate in the bus.
Weekly Deep Disinfecting Process
  • Deep cleaning: Electrostatic spraying of bus interiors will occur daily