Bus Eligibility and Route Design

  • Transportation is available for students who live two miles or more from their assigned school and routes are created to enhance student safety while maximizing vehicle efficiency.  Distances are measured according to the method outlined in the TEA (Texas Education Agency) School Transportation Handbook.

    • Stops are created that allow students to wait off the main roadway for the bus if at all possible
    • Stops are also created to minimize students walking on highly traveled roadways for long distances without sidewalks
    • Stops are not placed in cul-de-sacs or dead end streets to minimize bus accidents while backing up (backing is a very dangerous maneuver for a school bus)
    • Stops are spread as far apart as criteria will allow in order to decrease the number of stops hence 'door to door' service will not be provided
    • Decreasing the number of stops a bus will make on its route minimizes ride time for students
    • Students who do not ride at least 3 days a week will be removed from the route*
    • Stops with no riders for 3 consecutive days may be dropped from the route**

    Kindergarten and 1st grade students All K and 1st grade students must have a parent, approved adult or sibling (3rd grade or older) present at the bus stop in order for the younger student to be released from the bus. If no adult or sibling is present, or if the parent or approved adults cannot be contacted, the student(s) will be returned to their home campus for pick up. Every driver has a roster of their students and their listed bus stops to assist in drop-off verification.

    However, if you choose for your K or 1st grade student to be released from the bus without a parent, approved adult or sibling (3rd grade or older) present, please notify us of your decision by emailing pisdbus@prosper-isd.net and include your student's legal name.  In the subject line please put 'Letter of Release'.   
    Elementary students may be required to walk up to .50 of a mile to a bus stop.
    Middle School and High School students may be required to walk up to 1 mile to a bus stop.

    Bus routes are designed to limit student ride time to no more than 45 minutes one-way if at all possible; however, most students ride under 30 minutes one-way.

    Arrival Times:  Students should be at the bus stop 5 minutes prior to the scheduled pick-up time.  To ensure proper pick-up, students need to be physically at the stop when the bus arrives.

    Dismissal Times:  Elementary students are released at 2:55, buses are loaded and released from campus by administration around 3:00/3:05, Middle School releases at 3:30, buses load and are released from campus by administration around 3:35/3:40, High School releases at 4:10, buses are loaded and are released by administration around 4:20.

    Please note:  Stop times reflect the expected times the bus should arrive during good weather.  Inclement weather, train or traffic congestion may cause the route to run later than scheduled.  If the route will be more than 10 minutes late, we will notify you via ConnectEd (text and email).  Please ensure your contact information stays up to date by relaying changes through the registrar at your student's campus.

    If your child will be receiving Special Education Services and you have questions about their route, please contact us pisdbus@prosper-isd.net.  In the subject line please put ATTN: SpEd.

    *If your student is removed from the route and should need a ride, please email us at pisdbus@prosper-isd.net in the subject line please put TRANSPORTATION NEEDED.

    **If your bus stop is removed from the route due to inactivity and your student will begin riding at least 3 days per week, please email us pisdbus@prosper-isd.net to have it reinstated. 

    Board Approved Exception Busing

    In rare cases, whereas, the board acknowledges the Education Code 42.155 (d) provisions stating that a hazard condition exits where no walkway is provided and students must walk along or across a freeway or expressway, an underpass, an overpass or bridge, an uncontrolled major traffic artery, an industrial or commercial, or another comparable condition.