Bus Driver of the Year

J. Parker

Pictured from left to right: Deanna Cannon, MISD Transportation Coordinator; Jean Parker, MISD bus driver; Peggy Greene, MISD bus driver who initially nominated Mrs. Parker.

Congratulations to Midlothian ISD school bus driver, Jean Parker, who earned Bus Driver of the Year sponsored by Property Casualty Alliance of Texas (PCAT). This prestigious award is based on leadership, attitude, perseverance, student and parent relationships, and technical skills. Parker was recognized for her great achievement during a School Board meeting on January 19 and received a certificate and custom embroidered jacket. The selection committee looks particularly for those exceptional drivers who demonstrate a consistent desire to positively influence both students and co-workers through their actions and attitudes. The award is based upon the following attributes: leadership, attitude, perseverance, student and parent relationships, and technical skills.

Property Casualty Alliance of Texas is a nonprofit school-risk program that provides coverage for school property, students and employees throughout Texas.


MISD is hiring bus drivers

Come join our team! The Midlothian ISD Transportation Department is now hiring drivers for the 2014-2015 school year. This is especially a great opportunity for moms. Drivers will have the same schedule as their child. That means having the opportunity to enjoy field trips while getting paid, summers off, no need for daycare before or after school and supplement the family income. Working for MISD includes benefits, health & dental insurance and more! We will train! Please call 972-775-1805 for more information or visit MISD job postings.


STOP! When You See School Bus' Flashing Red Lights and Stop-Arm

Midlothian ISD has over 4,800 students who ride a school bus. Although school buses remain one of the safest modes of transportation, the safety concern is when motorists do not stop when students are loading and unloading the bus.

In one single day, MISD bus drivers reported eight vehicles that did not stop while their bus’ flashing red lights and stop-arm were activated. This snapshot report was in participation with the Texas Department of Public Safety School Bus Illegal Passing Driver survey.

When the stop-arm is activated, Texas state law requires drivers approaching from either direction to stop until: 1) The school bus resumes motion;
 2) The school bus driver signals the motorist to proceed; OR 
3) The stop arm is no longer activated. Violating this offense is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than $500 to $2,000 and additional citations.

Please do your part to contribute to our mission of safe transportation in Midlothian ISD.


Safe Rider Handbook now Available

The student Safe Rider Handbook is now available for download. Please read the handbook with your student. Transportation represenitives will be at each campus for orientation and at Meet the teacher night for elementary students. Parents may fill out Riders Contracts and receive all route information at each campus. Bus routes will be posted on our web page in mid August.


Parent Letter

Dear Parents/Guardians and Bus Riders:

The Midlothian Independent School District offers the privilege of bus transportation to and from school as a courtesy service for all-eligible students in the district. Eligible students are defined by the state as those who reside at least two miles from the school they attend as measured by the nearest practical route.

Effective transportation service requires the cooperation among bus drivers and staff, administrators, students and parent/guardians. Every effort will be made to promote safe, comfortable and pleasant transportation service, while maintaining an appropriate level of efficiency.

In order to meet the conditions as outlined by the State and promote safe, prompt movement of all eligible students, Midlothian ISD has Bus Safety Guidelines and Rules which are included in the Student Safe Rider Handbook. We ask that you read and discuss the contents of this handbook with your student so he or she has a clear understanding of the responsibilities and expectations of riding the school bus.

Authorized bus stops will be established within a reasonable walking distance of the home of every student eligible for transportation services. Midlothian ISD Transportation has set walking distance for elementary student bus stops   .25 (1/4) mile from home and secondary student walk distance is at .50 (1/2) mile from home.

It is the responsibility of the Transportation Department to set designated bus stops with student safety, fairness and consistency in mind. All students should load and unload at their designated bus stop only.

Please contact the Transportation Office at 972-775-1805 if there are any questions or concerns about the MISD transportation system. Thank you for your cooperation and support regarding the care and safety of all our children.

- Deanna Cannon
Transportation Coordinator




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