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Bus Riders


To help ensure this back to school plan, KISD has set the following priorities to serve as our 2020-21 foundational core: 

  1. KISD will ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our Bulldog students, staff members, and visitors,
  2. KISD will continue our educational environment goal of providing maximum instructional delivery with an emphasis on face-to-face learning, and
  3. KISD will provide flexibility for continuity of learning should the learning environment or ultimate configuration need to change. 


Kilgore ISD will implement the following safety protocols for students that are transported on any district school bus while Covid-19 procedures are in place.  

    • Any student riding the bus must wear face coverings.
  • We will provide hand sanitizer when entering the bus and during the route.  The bus driver, or adult attendant will apply the sanitizer directly into the hands of students entering the bus to prevent excessive use and accidental dropping of hand sanitizer, which will prevent students from slipping and falling.
  • Transportation personnel will disinfect all interior surfaces between routes, utilizing the methods recommended by the district.
  • We will use the A/C systems with windows partially open to circulate fresh air.  This is in accordance with TEA and CDC recommendations.
  • KISD students will have assigned seating on every bus. Students within the same family unit will be seated together to help with social distancing.  
  • KISD bus drivers will keep passenger logs to enable contact tracing if someone tests positive for COVID-19.
  • Bus stops would be modified as needed to improve social distancing.  
  • Staff/employee’s children will have an assigned bus for shuttling. If a student is not available when the bus arrives at designated time to campus, the parent must transport their child.  
  • We will not allow changing bus assignments for any reason. KISD students will only be allowed to ride their assigned bus unless a change in primary residence occurs.

In order to limit the risk of cross-contamination, students will have the following requirements for KISD transportation:  


Home-to-school transportation only from student’s registered in-district residence.   Parents/guardians must provide transportation for any other exceptions.


Parents/guardians may choose ONE of the following options, without any exceptions or modifications:

  1.  Transportation from school-to-home only to student’s registered in district residence.
  2. Transportation from school to a designated grandparent residence in-district.
  3. Transportation from school to a licensed child care facility in-district.

Transportation of Special Needs Students:

For eligible students receiving special education services that have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) requiring transportation on a dedicated special education bus, specialized transportation guidelines are outlined in the student's Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) document to supplement the existing KISD transportation guidelines.  If the special education student’s IEP requires differentiation from the procedures contained in this document, transportation staff will implement the instructions of the IEP.  Otherwise, all of the procedures in this document will apply to students that require transportation on a dedicated special education bus.