Rules & Policies for Our Bus Services

As part of our aim to provide ample opportunity for an education, the Texas State Board of Education and the district fund transportation for all students who live two miles or more from the school that they are assigned to attend.  To accomplish this, we require the cooperation of all students and parents.

Registration for transportation services

All Denton ISD students must register for transportation services prior to riding the bus. This registration process will allow the District to verify each student’s address and eligibility.  Eligibility will be determined at the time of registration. You may register for Bus Transportation Services by one of the following methods:

Online: Click on Bus Service Application and follow the simple directions.  Your application will be received the day following your submission and will be processed as soon as possible (approx. 48 hrs) - you will then be contacted with the results by phone.
In person:  You may come to the Transportation Dept (see map) and fill out an application.  It will be processed as soon as possible (approx. 48 hrs) - you will be contacted with the results by phone.
Early registration: Each spring, Transportation gives parents/guardians of current riders the opportunity to register for the next academic year.  Your child will receive an application from their bus driver.  Once completed, it is to be returned to the driver.  You will be notified during the summer by mail with results.

Please provide your student's campus with address verification documents should you move during the school year

School bus drivers and their responsibilities
Denton school bus drivers are highly trained professionals who have obtained a Federal Commercial Drivers License with air brake, passenger and school bus endorsements.  They are required to attend a 20-hr school bus driver safety-training course approved by the Texas Department of Public Safety as well as pass a physical examination, which is required by the U.S. Department of Transportation.  Additional Denton ISD training is required in Safety/Student Management/DISD procedures.
"We strive to be the best because our children deserve to be safe."
Denton ISD's bus drivers work directly for the school district.  They must be trained in Denton policy/procedures and come directly under district control and supervision while transporting Denton students.  They are responsible for safely driving the school bus, transporting the students and staying on time.  In order to aide the drivers with that responsibility, they are given control over daily operations.  This may include the following:  assigning seats, requiring silence on the bus, conferences with students, instruction in emergency procedures, etc.

Parents' responsibilities
Register your child for Transportation.  Your student must be registered to be eligible for Bus Service.  Students that are not registered may be denied transportation services.  If you move, you must provide the campus with a new proof of residency as Transportation is based upon whatever address the campus has entered and until it is updated, bussing will continue to be provided to the original address. You must also fill out a new registration form with Transportation.
In order to maintain the routing/bus schedule, drivers cannot wait (unless they are early) at bus stops and may not have sufficient time to return if your child missed the  bus.  Children must be at their stops five (5) minutes before scheduled pick up time.  Instruct your children on procedures to follow if they miss the bus.
Take the time to go over all the bus safety rules and consequences listed below with your child.  Make sure they understand the need for following the safety rules on the bus and the necessity for respecting others as well as themselves. 
If your student should lose their bus privileges, it is the parent/guardian's responsibility to transport to and from school.
To insure the safety and security of all students on Denton ISD buses, parents may not board the bus at any time.  Should you need to discuss an issue with the bus driver, please contact our office at 940-369-0300.  The driver has been instructed not to engage in discussions with parents on route to avoid route delays.

Students' responsibilities
Take the time to go over all the bus safety rules and consequences and make sure you understand the need for following the safety rules on the bus and the necessity for respecting other students as well as yourself.  Remember that the driver is the authority on your bus.
  • Be at your bus stop five minutes before the scheduled pick-up time.
  • Wait next to, but not in the street, driveway or parking lot.
  • When the bus approaches, form a line and be prepared to load immediately.
  • Stand clear of the bus until it comes to a complete stop.
  • Use the handrail and steps.
  • Go directly to your seat and sit down.
  • The bus will not move until you are properly seated.
  • If you miss the bus, go home immediately.
    • Go directly to your bus in the bus lane-the bus will wait 5 minutes after arrival.
    • Use the handrail and steps.
    • Go directly to your seat and sit down.
    • The bus will not move until you are properly seated.
    • At your stop, stay seated until you hear the brake being set.
    • Wait for your turn to leave the bus.  Pushing and crowding will only slow exiting and may cause an accident
    • All students living on the left side of the roadway shall exit the bus and move to a point 10-12 feet in front of the right corner of the bus and wait for the driver to signal you that it is safe to cross the street.
    • Check in both directions and walk directly across the street.
    • NEVER cross the street behind the bus.
    • Be alert for cars that do not stop when the bus is loading or unloading students.
      In case of an accident or an emergency

      Denton ISD School Bus Safety Rules and Consequences




      1. ALL STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED to have a BUS PASS in their possession and ready to scan to ride the school bus. (Bus Passes can be PURCHASED  for $4 from Transportation)
      2. The bus driver is in charge of students on the bus and his/her directions regarding bus safety and operations must be followed at all times.
      3. Only authorized personnel and registered eligible bus students are permitted to ride the bus they are SPECIFICALLY ASSIGNED TO and may only load and unload at the stop designated by Transportation. Buses will stop at designated stops only. Buses will stop at designated stops only. Those stops are assigned by the Transportation Department based on the student's recorded home address.  Students are to arrive at their bus stop (5) five minutes before their pick up time. Students will wait next to (but not in) the street, driveway or parking lot. Students must be respectful to property surrounding the stop. Students must wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before approaching to board or standing to leave the bus.  Consistent tardiness to the bus stop will be handed as a normal rule violation.
      4. Emergency transportation may be granted on a temporary basis by the Assistant Director of Transportation.   Notes from parents/guardian will not be accepted as authorization to ride a bus.
      5. Students will remain properly seated (facing forward keeping feet on the floor in front of them with their backs completely on the vinyl and NOT ON THE WINDOW) at all times.  ALL elementary Denton ISD students receive assigned seats. The bus driver reserves the right to assign ANY OR ALL secondary Denton ISD students to assigned seats.
      6. ALL Denton ISD buses are NO TOUCH BUSES. Zero tolerance will be applied. Any verbal or physical behavior that constitutes Sexual Harassment and/or Bullying is prohibited on the bus and at designated bus stops. Students must keep all body parts, bodily fluid.  and personal objects from contacting another student unnecessarily.
      7. Students are allowed to drink WATER ONLY. There will be no consuming of food or gum.
      8.  Littering or throwing items inside or from the bus is prohibited. Students must keep their hands, head, feet, and personal objects inside the bus at all times. Zero tolerance will be applied.
      9. Students may not engage in load talking, yelling, abusive or inappropriate language, display obscene gestures. The bus driver may require any or all  students to be silent on the bus.
      10. Students shall not vandalize the bus. Students who violate this rule will be required to pay for damages and lose their bus privileges for a period of time to be determined.    
      11.   Students are not allowed to bring animals, insects, inflated balloons,  or harmful objects on the bus (i.e., weapons, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, fireworks, laser lights, etc.). on the bus.
      12.  Students may use cell phones for any operation EXCEPT Camera or Video Use ( No picture taking, video recording, face time, or Skype of themselves, others, or surroundings for any reason)
      13. Band instruments or class projects are allowed on Denton ISD buses provided they can be held by the student (not taller than shoulder or seat back), fit in the seat with the student, do not interfere with the availability of seating for other students, and do not interfere with the safety of students or bus operation. In the event that any of these conditions exist, parents will be notified by Transportation that they must provide an alternate means of transporting their child’s instrument and/or project to and from school.
      14.  Students are not to engage in any other conduct that disrupts the safe operation of the bus. All Denton ISD campus and Transportation policies and rules are enforceable within  any Denton ISD bus stop or campus.  


      The bus driver will report misconduct to the Assistant Director of Transportation or designee using a Bus Safety Report.  Copies of the report will be sent to the parent, school principal and placed on file in the Transportation Department.
      Video and audio surveillance may be in operation on your child's bus to help in maintaining a safe and orderly bus.  Federal law prohibits the school district from releasing the video to any member of the public except law enforcement officials (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act).
      If necessary, inappropriate behavior will be investigated through the use of student interviews and video review - parents will be notified of the results. Students who violate bus safety rules will receive the following consequences:

      Written warning

      Three-day bus suspension 

      Five-day bus suspension

      10-day bus suspension

      30-day bus suspension

      Indefinite bus suspension for the remainder of the academic year

      Education Code 37.126. Disruption of Transportation:  Except as provided by Section  37.125, a person commits an offense if the person intentionally disrupts, prevents or interferes with the lawful transportation of children to or from school or an activity sponsored by a school on a vehicle owned or operated by a county or independent school district.  An offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor.

      Any child suspended from bus services is NOT ALLOWED to board ANY DENTON ISD Bus for any reason. A suspension from the bus will be served during regular school days. This does not include days that school is not in session (Holidays, In-service days, or days that school has been cancelled).