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The Road to Better Busing

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A new era of Transportation services begins in Bryan ISD at the start of the Spring semester. On Jan. 8, students who ride Bryan ISD buses will enjoy the benefits of a direct busing transportation system that buses kids from home to school and school to home, eliminating transfer hubs. More importantly, the new system ensures that buses arrive at school more reliably and that students are in class on time for learning.

The home-to-school and school-to-home model isn’t new, but for many years the District had relied on transfer hubs as a journey midpoint to accommodate thousands of students attending 12+ transfer programs across nearly two-dozen campuses.

High-quality programs such as Odyssey, INQUIRE, Explore and others offer exceptional learning opportunities to students across Bryan’s 453-square-mile district. Board Trustees and District Administrators have always been committed to making those programs available to students far and wide, regardless of where a child is zoned for school. Serving thousands of students in such popular programs has prompted a reboot in the way students are served by buses.

“The transportation challenges we faced at the beginning of the year were significant, but they also presented us with opportunities.” Superintendent Christie Whitbeck said. “The plan we’re implementing this Spring protects the learning environment for students, adds consistency to our school day schedules and streamlines what had become a very cumbersome, complicated transportation system. We’re excited to see the benefits of a streamlined system unfold for students, families and staff.”

Focusing on student safety, consistency and best practices, the District teamed with Transportation Consultant Michael Brassfield to completely rethink busing in Bryan ISD. Intensive work and countless hours led to a customized plan of direct busing that eliminates transfer hubs and helps keeps children of similar ages on buses together.

The improvements require adjusting instructional schedules on campuses and adjusting school start/end times for students. Based on the overwhelming preference of parent representatives across Bryan ISD, teachers, board members and District leaders, the decision was made to begin the new semester on Jan. 8 with revised start/end times. The new schedule allows Transportation time to implement a two-tier system of direct busing (essentially two large “flights” of buses out-and-back to pick up or drop off students). Time between each tier, or “flight” was carefully calculated to ensure the system works as expected and that students arrive at school on time.

Bus drivers have already driven many of the new routes in real time and will conduct additional full-scale, start-to-finish test runs with buses to identify and make any necessary refinements to the new system before school starts back Jan. 8.

January 8, 2018 – New Campus Start & End Times

Grade Level

Doors Open

School Starts

School Ends

PK – 4 Elementary School

7:00 a.m.

7:35 a.m.

3:10 p.m.

5/6 Intermediate School

7:00 a.m.

7:35 a.m.

3:20 p.m.

7/8 Middle School

7:30 a.m.

8:20 a.m.

4:05 p.m.

9 – 12 High School

7:30 a.m.

8:20 a.m.

4:00 p.m.

Bryan Collegiate High School’s schedule is aligned with Blinn College and will not change.