Education begins with Transportation

Meet the Transportation Director

Joe Eckel

Phone: 903-683-5566

Office Hours: 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Bus Routes

Transportation Bus/Vehicle Request Form

Transportation Policies

Bus Rules


1. Observe same conduct as in the classroom.

2. Be courteous, use no profane language. Bad language and obscene gestures will not be tolerated.

3. Fighting is prohibited.

4. Bullying will not be tolerated.

5. Do not eat or drink on the bus, Water is allowed.

6. Keep the bus clean.

7. Cooperate with the driver. Students must be respectful to the driver and fellow students and must always follow directions of the driver.

8. Any form of tobacco is prohibited.

9. Students are allowed to use a cell phone, cell phone must be placed on vibrate. Music or games can be played with ear plugs only. Using the cell phone for taking pics or inappropriate activities is prohibited. Driver will take students cell phone and it will be given to the principal. That student will not be allowed to have a cell phone back on the bus if it is taken up.

10. Do not be destructive. Damaging, marking on, tagging or vandalizing any part of the bus is forbidden. Violators will be required to pay damages.

11. Stay in your seat facing forward. Standing is not allowed.

12. Keep head, hands and feet inside the bus.

13. Throwing things inside the bus as well as out the windows is prohibited.

14. The Bus driver is authorized to assign seats. A student shall not refuse to sit in an assigned seat or deny another student a place to sit.

15. Public displays of affection are not permissible.

Bus Rules

Bus Discipline Plan

Rusk ISD School Bus Discipline Plan

The Rusk ISD School Bus Drivers are trained professionals who take pride in their work and are truly concerned about the welfare of the students. They will do their absolute best to transport the students safely with courtesy. The same amount of safety and courtesy is expected from the students. Please bear in mind that all of the rules spelled out in the Rusk ISD “Student Code of Conduct” are in effect at all times during the transportation of students to or from school or on an activity sponsored by a school on a vehicle owned or operated by the school district.

“Student Code of Conduct” Prohibited activities include:

1. Throwing objects, other than during supervised school activities, which can cause bodily injury or damage property.

2. Leaving school or a school-sponsored event with out permission.

3. Exhibiting disrespect or directing profanity, vulgar language, or obscene gestures toward other students, parents or school personnel.

4. Insubordination, including failure to comply with lawful directives from school personnel or with school policies, rules and regulations.

5. Committing arson.

6. Damaging or vandalizing property owned by other students or district employees.

7. Engaging in misconduct on school buses as defined by district policies and regulations.

8. Committing robbery or theft.

9. Fighting, physical abuse, or threats of physical abuse.

10. Committing extortion, coercion, or blackmail, i.e., obtaining money or other objects of value from an unwilling person or forcing an individual to act through the use of force or threat of force.

11. Engaging in verbal abuse, i.e., name calling, ethnic or racial slurs, or derogatory statements addressed publicly to others that may precipitate substantial disruption of the school program of incite violence.

12. Engaging in inappropriate physical contact disruptive to other students or the school environment.

13. Possessing a paging device or mobile phone, except when the student is serving in the capacity of an active member of a volunteer fire fighting organization or an emergency medical service organization.

14. Engaging in any other conduct that disrupts the school environment of educational process.

15. Engaging in any activity that could be construed as sexual harassment or sexual abuse.

16. The use of drugs or alcohol.

17. The use of any tobacco product. 18. Possession of any weapon. Additional rules are posted in the front of each bus and are visible to every rider.

The rules read as follows:

1. Observe same conduct as in the classroom.

2. Be courteous, use no profane language.

3. Do not eat or drink on the bus.

4. Keep the bus clean.

5. Cooperate with the driver.

6. Do not use tobacco.

7. Do not be destructive.

8. Stay in your seat.

9. Keep head, hands and feet inside the bus.

10. Bus driver is authorized to assign seats.

11. Bad language and obscene gestures will not be tolerated. If a student chooses not follow these rules, the student will be subject to the Rusk ISD School Bus Discipline Plan.

The plan is a four step discipline process as follows:

 First Write Up for misbehavior —conference with student

 Second Write Up—One day suspension of Bus riding privilege

 Third Write Up—One week suspension of Bus riding privilege

 Fourth Write Up—Loss of Bus riding privilege for the remainder of current semester (if the Fourth Write Up occurred during the Fall semester, the student may return to riding the bus at the beginning of the Spring semester.

However, the next Write Up will be considered a “Third Write Up”) The Plan covers the entire School Year and does not “zero out” at the mid year break.

If a misbehavior is deemed severe, the step process may be accelerated to the Fourth Write Up level with the loss of bus riding privilege for the remainder of the current semester without going through the entire Write Up Process.

Bus Discipline Plan

Alternate Site Drop Off Policy

To insure student safety, all requests for alternate drop off sites must be verified by the student’s school office. If a parent would like a student dropped off at a site other than the student’s normal site, the parent must contact the office of the student’s school with a written and signed note or telephone call. The school’s office will issue an approved request to the student to give to the bus driver. The Bus driver cannot allow a student to ride to an alternate drop off site unless he or she has an approved request from the school’s office.

Alternate Site Drop Off Policy

Apartment Transportation Policy

During the 2002-2003 school year, the Transportation Department of Rusk ISD and the management of the Timber Creek and Pine Meadows Apartments established a transportation policy for the students being picked up or dropped off at the apartments. The policy went into effect on October 14th, 2002. The reason the policy was required was due to the large number of students who were riding either to or from the complexes. So many nonresident students were boarding the buses that the buses were being crowded to over capacity. The over crowding was caused by there being a greater number of nonresident riders than the buses could safely accommodate. The routes had been based on the number of riders living at the apartments and did not allow for a great number of volunteer riders.

The concern for safety resulted in the enactment of the following policy: Only children of permanent residents may be picked up or dropped off at the Timber Creek and Pine Meadows Apartments. The students may only ride the school bus to which they have been assigned. In order to insure consistency with the enforcement of this policy, no exceptions will be allowed. If a nonresident student attempts to board a school bus, they will be granted transportation, but they will be issued a disciplinary write up. The write up will be treated as any other bus disciplinary write up and will be counted in the progressive bus disciplinary policy which can lead toward the loss of bus riding privileges.

2009-2010 Bus Assignments Bus 11 – Jr. High students from the Timber Creek Apts. Bus 16 – All other students from the Timber Creek Apts. Bus 57 – All students from the Pine Meadows Apts. Note: these assignments may be altered due to student populations

Apartment Transportation Policy

No Friends on Friday Policy

In the past, the RISD Transportation Department has allowed students to ride home with a friend on the school buses. During the 2009-2010 school year, several buses were at near capacity when just the regular riders were riding. There were so many requests to allow students to ride home with friends on Fridays that RISD had to institute a policy that no friends were allowed to ride on Fridays. The Buses affected were Bus 30, 57, 66, and 77. This policy was continued during the 2010-2011 school year and has been in effect this school year as well. Unfortunately, due to the increase in ridership of most of our bus routes, this policy will have to be applied to all of our routes.

Starting October 10, 2011, students will no longer be allowed to ride home with a friend on Fridays. Students may continue to ride home with a friend Mondays through Thursdays. Students will be able to be dropped off on Fridays at Alternate Drop off locations if they are regular riders (see “Alternate Site Transportation Policy” on the RISD web site under Transportation). This policy change was made to help insure the transportation safety of our students. Safety has always been and will always remain our number one concern.

The effective date for this policy is 10/10/11.

No Friends on Friday Policy

Student Drop Off Sites

Rusk ISD Transportation is limited to the type of sites at which students may be dropped off. Students may be dropped off at one of the following type sites:

1. Student’s home

2. Student’s Grandparent’s or other relative’s home

3. A State Approved day care facility

4. A Parent’ place of employment (see Parent’s Place of Employment Transportation Policy).

5. Another Student’s home with signed approval (see Alternate Site Transportation Policy).

Students may not ride the bus to any other type drop off site such as the Student’s place of employment, a community service work site, ball practice site, or any business.

Student Drop Off Sites