The fall semester is well underway in HISD, and it is the district’s commitment to ensure students make it to and from school safely each day. In recognition of National School Bus Safety Week from Oct. 18-22, HISD recognizes the importance of school bus safety and thanks all bus drivers who dedicate themselves to the safe transport of our students. The national program “Be Safe – Know the Danger Zone” is designed to promote safety and serve as a reminder that we can all do our part to ensure students are safe in and around a school bus.Continue reading
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Transportation Services addressing issues with SafeStop app
Transportation Services is continuing to work with SafeStop to troubleshoot technical glitches resulting from incorrect application configurations.
For parents viewing open routes in SafeStop, it may have appeared as though the bus was stationary at the bus terminal.
To help address this and other issues, parents are encouraged to make sure they download all SafeStop software updates to ensure they have access to the latest data.Continue reading
Transportation Services ridership audit underway
Transportation Services has eliminated more than two dozen routes as part of an ongoing comprehensive review of bus ridership at 15 select schools.
The review is focused on schools with low ridership, despite having a high volume of students who are eligible for transportation and have been assigned routes. Reviews have been completed at nine schools, with the remaining six to be finished before the end of the year.
The department has cut 25 routes since the start of the review, bringing the overall number of routes down to 775 — a five percent decrease.Continue reading
New procedure for Transportation Services focuses on student safety
Transportation Services is strengthening its focus on student and driver safety with the implementation of a new practice to address student conduct concerns on the bus.
The practice, which is being implemented this fall, addresses the procedures that bus drivers and Transportation Services leadership must follow when student conduct issues arise.
The new policy requires drivers to complete a Student Conduct Form and submit it to their terminal manager when a student incident — such as eating and drinking, fighting, or defacing the bus — occurs.Continue reading
Transportation Services updating routes in SafeStop app
Transportation Services is updating the SafeStop bus tracking app to reflect temporary changes made to bus routes that do not yet have a permanent driver assigned due to an ongoing driver shortage.
Of the department’s 828 routes, about 10 percent — or 87 routes — do not have permanent drivers due to the shortage, which is impacting transportation organizations across the region.
As a result, stops on these open routes were temporarily reassigned to nearby staffed routes to ensure all students have safe and reliable transportation to and from school. This has caused some staffed routes to run longer than originally expected.Continue reading
HISD Business Operations launches new brand focused on students
With more than 7,000 employees, Business Operations is the largest division in HISD. But what exactly do we do?
Before students can ever file into their classrooms, bus drivers and crossing guards must get them safely to school. Cafeteria workers must make them a nutritious breakfast. Custodians, police officers, and construction crews must make sure they have new, clean, safe spaces in which to learn.
The breadth of our work touches all facets of the district, and support is at the heart of everything we do. We help lay the foundation for student success — most of the time behind the scenes.Continue reading
Transportation Services provides new school year planning update at Coffee & Conversations
Transportation Services has completed more than half of school bus route scheduling for next year, department leadership announced Tuesday during the department’s Coffee & Conversations.
Transportation Services General Manager John Wilcots IV said the department got a head start on planning for the upcoming school year and now has 60 percent of routing and scheduling for the 2019-2020 school year already completed.Continue reading
Transportation Services offers free Commercial Driver’s License prep class
Transportation Services is working to address its driver shortage by offering free training for individuals who wish to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License.
The class for the license, also known as a CDL, is held Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Northwest Terminal (6351 Pinemont Drive) and is open to anyone interested in becoming an HISD bus driver until the start of the 2019-2020 school year.Continue reading
Transportation Services to host job fair on Feb. 20
Transportation Services is continuing its efforts to address the district’s bus driver shortage with a job fair next week.
The job fair will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 20 at the HISD Construction Services Facility (3200 Center St., 77007) Continue reading
Transportation Services bringing back internal recruiting
Transportation Services is tapping existing bus drivers to serve as department ambassadors tasked with recruiting fellow bus drivers and encouraging them to join their ranks.
The 20-member internal recruiting team will be established by mid-February, Transportation Services General Manager John Wilcots IV said. The hand-picked team will work on recruitment each day after they complete their routes.
Recruitment duties will include attending job fairs and other recruitment events and posting recruitment fliers in areas with high traffic, such as libraries, beauty shops, and restaurants.
“They’re the best people to go out there and tell others about their jobs and really sell Transportation Services,” Wilcots said. Continue reading