Bus transportation

Bus route updates

Some school buses continue to experience delays in their routes and we are working diligently to resolve issues as they occur. 

Bus routes are designed to promote student safety while balancing stop pick-up time with on-time arrival for campus bell times. Stops are created at corner locations as far apart as criteria will allow thus reducing riding time for the students.  All general education bus stops are at a corner location.  A student’s bus stop may change from year to since all routes are designed for the students who are riding each new school year.

Stops are designed taking into consideration hazardous zones to minimize students walking in highly traveled roadways for long distances without sidewalks, at railroad crossings, and in narrow streets. Stops are not placed in dead end streets to minimize bus accidents while backing up (Backing is a very dangerous maneuver for a school bus).

Elementary students may be required to walk up to ¼ of a mile to a bus stop.  Secondary students may be required to walk up to ½ of a mile.  Bus routes are designed to limit student ride time to no more than 50 minutes one-way if at all possible, however, most students ride under 40 minutes one-way.

Parents can contact the Transportation Call Center at 972-494-8530 and the Transportation Twitter account @GISDbuses and official GISD account will also be posting updates.

Feel free to email Transportation at Transportation@garlandisd.net with non-emergency situations.We appreciate your patience.

How to find bus route information

Parents of school bus riders can find bus numbers and pickup times in Skyward Family Access:

  1. Login into your parent Skyward account.
  2. On the left, go to portfolio (where report cards are).
  3. Choose “2021-22 School Year Bus Info Letter”.

Need assistance with registering new students? Call Transportation at 972-494-8530.

Skyward Login

Special Instructions for COVID-19 Compliance

Note: Per GISD Health Services, the daily prescreening form is no longer required.

On the bus:

  • All students are required to wear a mask face covering on the bus. Parents must provide face coverings for their students.
  • Students will sit in an assigned seat designated by the bus driver. The bus driver is authorized to assign seats.
  • Students must wear the seat belt on buses equipped with seat belts.
  • Students shall remain seated at all times except when boarding or exiting the bus.
  • Students should refrain from touching or making physical contact with other students.
  • Students should not handle any items belonging to other students (paper, books, cell phones, clothing, etc.).
  • Students are encouraged to wash their hands according to CDC guidelines prior to boarding the bus.
  • Students may bring their own hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer will NOT be furnished by the district.
  • We encourage parents to teach their students to maintain a safe distance when waiting at the bus stop, boarding, and exiting the bus.

Will my student get bus transportation to school?

Parents choose the school they want their children to attend during the Choice of School process, but transportation to the school you choose is not guaranteed.

The factors that determine bus transportation are:

  • designated eligibility area(s) for each school
  • proximity to neighborhood school
  • magnet program acceptance

Use the Transportation Maps system to determine if your child is eligible for bus transportation.

Transportation maps

The Transportation Maps system allows you to display:

  • schools that will provide transportation to you based on your address
  • the schools closest to your home
  • the transportation eligibility area for specific schools and magnet programs

Transportation-eligible zones change from year to year. Make a selection below to find the right maps for you.

See which schools provide transportation for your address

The Bus Eligibility tab shows which schools may provide transportation based on your address.

  1. Enter your home address.
  2. Choose a level (elementary, middle, or high).
  3. Click the find button.

Remember that transportation to magnet program schools is only provided for students that are accepted into the magnet program.

See which schools are closest to you

The Closest School(s) tab shows which schools are closest to your home.

  1. Enter your home address.
  2. Choose a level (elementary, middle, or high).
  3. Click the Show Results button.

See the transportation eligibility area for each school

The Transportation Maps system also allows you to overlay the map with a layer that displays the bus transportation eligibility area for each school you are interested in.

Use the checkboxes to choose which map layers to display. You can choose a level (elementary, middle, high) or select a specific magnet program.

How are bus stop locations determined?

We determine the placement of bus stops based on:

  • student safety
  • demographics
  • walking distance to stop
  • number of students riding the bus in the area
  • Texas Education Agency (TEA) guidelines

When do I have to be at the bus stop?

Students are required to be at their bus stop and ready to board the bus at least 5 (five) minutes prior to the scheduled stop time. 

For after school drop-off, Kindergarten students must be met by a parent/guardian/caregiver at the bus stop, or the student may be returned to school.

Bus rules

Students must respect the bus driver and follow their instructions.

See bus rules and regulations.

Contact us

For more information about bus transportation, contact:

Transportation

When should I stop for a bus?

Cars must stop when buses are unloading or loading passengers. Unless there is a median, both sides of traffic must stop for the bus.

Two-lane

empty
Vehicles traveling in both directions MUST stop.

Multi-lane paved fully

empty
Vehicles traveling in both directions MUST stop.

Divided highways

empty

Unpaved space (min. 5 feet) or raised median/physical barrier.

Vehicles behind bus MUST stop. Vehicles traveling in the opposite direction continue with caution.