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Transportation: What you need to know for the upcoming school year

With the first day of school quickly approaching, HISD Transportation is ready for a safe and smooth start to the school year.

Before school starts, the department says all parents should receive a postcard in the mail and at least two telephone calls with their children’s bus route information.

A customer call center has also been set up to answer questions. Parents can call 713-613-3040 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. starting Monday, Aug. 18, for assistance with transportation-related issues. The call center will remain open for at least 30 days.

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HISD Transportation strengthens safety commitment through training programs

The HISD Transportation department renewed its commitment to student safety recently by recertifying their training and staff development team through a comprehensive training program offered by the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI). The training program focuses on prevention strategies and helps build confidence in team members to handle challenging situations.

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HISD Transportation to host job fair this weekend

The Houston Independent School District will be hosting a transportation job fair on Saturday, June 28. The fair will take place at the Northwest Transportation Facility (6351 Pinemont Drive, 77092) from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

HISD will be conducting in-person interviews for the following positions:

  • School Bus Drivers ($15.40/hourly)
  • Transportation Attendants ($9.76/hourly)

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HISD transportation managers recognize bus personnel during national Love the Bus Month

HISD transportation managers served a pancake breakfast to bus drivers and school bus personnel Thursday as part of a week of events held to recognize national Love the Bus Month.

Love the Bus Month, created by the American School Bus Council, raises awareness and appreciation in February for the hundreds of thousands of school bus drivers who safely transport children to and from school.

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Transportation Department Revving Up for a New School Year

The first day of the school is only days away, and HISD’s Transportation Department is doing everything possible to ensure a safe and successful school year.

All parents should receive a postcard in the mail and at least two telephone calls before school starts with their children’s bus-route information, but a customer call center has also been set up to answer questions. Parents can call 713-613-3040 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. starting Thurs., Aug. 22, for assistance with transportation-related issues. The call center will remain open for at least 30 days.

For HISD school bus safety tips, watch this HISD informational video.

More Transportation Updates:
• There are 889 bus routes this year, a 5 percent increase over last year
• Some 60 new drivers are coming onboard this year
• Safety trainers were schooled in bus inspections, precision-driving techniques, parking, and correct mirror usage so that they could train drivers
• Bus drivers and attendants partnered with the Houston Fire Department for bus evacuation and rescue training and received instruction on treating smoke inhalation and burns
• All 1,001 buses in the HISD fleet will have been inspected and bus cameras, GPS units, and newly activated silent alarms have been checked

The City of Houston Mayor’s Office Recognizes HISD Transportation Department

Houston City Hall

Houston's City Hall is awash in yellow in honor of HISD's Transportation Department.

The Houston Independent School District Transportation Department will be recognized by the City of Houston Mayor’s office this month.  February is national “Love the Bus” month which raises awareness and appreciation for school bus transportation personnel who work to safely transport children to and from school.

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HISD Transportation Puts Counter-Terrorism Training to the Test

[slideshow]While parents prepare their children for back to school, HISD’s Transportation Department is preparing all of the district’s bus drivers and attendants with training and tools to safely drive the students to and from school every day.  This year, HISD’s Transportation Department is adding counter-terrorism training which will include a mock disaster drill on Thursday, August 9 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.at 6351 Pinemont Drive.    

“We can never prepare our drivers and attendants too much to be successful on the road,” HISD Transportation Senior Manager Chester Glaude said.  “It is important that our team is fully prepared for all situations to make sure that HISD children feel comfortable and safe on our school buses.”

The mock disaster drill involves an overturned school bus.  To add a touch of realism, an older model school bus has actually been overturned on its side and will be used as a hands-on learning lab for all district bus drivers and attendants.  This drill will allow staff to incorporate previous trainings such as student management, emergency evacuation, and counter-terrorism.  In addition, this mock disaster drill will also involve staged human injuries which will allow district bus drivers and attendants to utilize the first-aid training they recently received in May.

 In addition to the technical skills the transportation team will learn and practice during this event, they will also be reminded of the basics such as:

  • The importance of performing pre-trip and post-trip inspections of the bus
  • Looking for suspicious items such as canisters, metal boxes, or containers
  • Immediately reporting suspicious items

 In May 2012 the HISD Transportation Department was selected as one of two districts in the nation as a finalist for the prestigious Larson Quality Award.  The Leland E.G. Larson Quality Student Transportation Program was developed to spotlight school bus operations that provide high-quality customer service in safety-centered operations. 

Each day, about 875 HISD school buses travel 80,000 miles as they transport 30,000 students to and from school.