The Mission of the district’s transportation department is to ensure that Royse City Schools provides safe, efficient, and cost effective school bus transportation for students enrolled in the RCISD each day.

Frequently Asked Questions

Route Design:

Elementary, Intermediate, Middle and High School—bus stop will be up to .30 miles (1586 feet). 

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 cul-de-sacs or dead-end streets whenever possible to minimize bus accidents.  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 and Pre-K stops may be subject to different criteria. 

 

Bus Ridership:

School buses are rated by manufacturers to have a capacity of three riders per seat.  Royse City ISD transportation sets maximum ridership per bus at three riders per seat at elementary levels, two and a half riders per seat at middle school and high school levels.

Find Your Bus

Web Query is a new Edulog integrated web browser allowing Royse City ISD staff, parents and guardians to access information regarding student transportation. Please click here and learn more about how to find your bus.

 

The bus did not show up on time, how long should my student wait at the stop?

Your child should arrive at the stop at least 5 minutes before the regular arrival time of the bus.  If there is a substitute driver, the times may not be absolutely consistent with the regular times.  If the bus is late ask your child to remain at the stop.  Buses break down, roads are blocked, drivers become ill or have emergencies, but there will always be a bus at every stop.  If the wait becomes extreme (approximately 15 minutes), please call the transportation office at 972-636-9732.

My child’s bus is overcrowded. Can some children be placed on another bus?

School bus sizes are stated in terms of passenger capacity for elementary school students.  It is assumed that elementary school students will ride three per seat.  Middle and high school students are assumed to ride two-three per seat.  If the bus has three elementary school students, two-three middle or high school students per seat it will seem crowded but it will not be over capacity.  It is our goal to fully utilize all the space on all the buses in our fleet.

Can I get the bus stop moved closer?

Bus stops are placed at centralized locations that can be safely accessed by all eligible students and to minimize the time, length and mileage of the run.  If you have concerns about your child’s safety you are encouraged to accompany your child to the bus stop or arrange a neighborhood buddy to walk with your child.  Elementary, Intermediate, Middle, and High school students can walk up to .3 miles (1586 feet) to a bus stop.

Texas Statutes Codes/Education Codes

34.004. Standing Children

A school district may not require or allow a child to stand on a school bus or passenger van that is in motion.

37.126. Disruption of Transportation

A person commits an offense if the person intentionally disrupts, prevents, or interferes with the lawful transportation of children to or from school or an activity sponsored by a school on a vehicle owned or operated by a county or independent school district.
An offense under this section is a class C misdemeanor.

545.066. Passing a School Bus

Texas law requires that you stop for a stopped school bus with flashing red lights and stop arm extended. Children get on and off the bus and may cross the road. They count on you to stop! You must remain stopped until the bus starts moving, the bus driver signals for you to go, or the flashing red lights are turned off. :: Read More

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act: Videotapes of Students on School Buses

The federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) provides that no federal funds will be provided to an educational agency or institution that releases personally identifiable information, other than directory information, contained in a student’s education records to anyone except certain enumerated federal, state, and local officials and institutions. Therefore, the school district is required to withhold information from public disclosure to the extent reasonable and necessary to avoid releasing an education record with personally identifying information to anyone other than the parent or guardian of such student or the enumerated officials. The Texas Attorney General has held that a videotape that shows students’ faces contains “personally identifiable information” of the students. Therefore, if a videotape from a school bus depicts any child other than your own and is an “education record” of the other child, the school district will not allow you to view the videotape. School districts also are not required to edit the videotape to exclude the other children from the videotape (such as blurring the students’ faces) if it does not possess that capability at the time of the request. See Texas Attorney General Opinions OR2002-2074 and OR93-402. At this time, the Royse City Independent School District does not possess the capability to blur students’ faces shown on a videotape.

Transportation Contacts

Tammy Loveless
Director
 Ernest Epps Education Service Center
Ashlee Poor
Supervisor
 Ernest Epps Education Service Center
Jennifer Nail
Route Coordinator
 Ernest Epps Education Service Center
Will Murray
Mechanic
 Ernest Epps Education Service Center
Roy Starling
Shipping
 Ernest Epps Education Service Center