Starting Aug. 6, parents can find their child's bus schedule on the Katy ISD website including: transportation eligibility, bus number and stop, and drop-off and pick-up times. In addition, the district will also open a transportation hotline at 281-396-6008 on Aug. 6, dedicated to answering parents' questions about the new transportation eligibility guidelines.
In May, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved a change in the eligibility requirements as a result of the transportation department experiencing challenges in having a sufficient number of drivers available to meet the district's daily transportation needs. This is due in part to a combination of growth in the number of students receiving transportation services, as well as the lack of individuals available to become a well-trained bus driver capable of getting students safely to and from school.
To be eligible for transportation services, an elementary student must live beyond an approximate half-mile radius from school property, and for secondary students, beyond an approximate one-mile radius from school property. Bus transportation will continue to be provided for students for whom a hazardous condition may exist between home and school, as well as special needs bus routes.
To prepare for the transportation changes, parents and guardians are encouraged to: set up car pools and walk groups; provide parent/volunteer assistance at key intersections outside designated school zones; and, to report unsafe conditions to the Katy ISD Transportation Department.
A list of frequently asked questions and additional information regarding 2012-2013 bus route changes can be found on the Katy ISD website.