Beginning Sept. 1, drivers who illegally pass school buses will now face higher fines. The maximum fine for a first offense will increase from $1,000 to $1,250. For drivers convicted of this offense more than once, the law already allows DPS to suspend the driver license for up to six months. (A ticket for illegally passing a school bus cannot be dismissed through defensive driving.)
In addition to a fourth school resource officer that the department has added for the upcoming school year, Weatherford police said they will have an increased presence at Weatherford ISD during the first the first week of school, visible to parents and students as they start classes.
Officers will be spending time at all 11 schools, focusing on the drop off period and end of the school day, according to Lt. Patrick Mahoney.
Student transportation in WISD is one of the big changes this school year is the district’s new contractor First Student managing the buses and routes – all 37 of them. Of note regarding WISD buses:
• Bus routes will be slow the first few weeks of the 2013-14 school year. This is because new riders are being added daily and routes having to be altered.
• Students are allowed and encouraged to bring water (in plastic containers/bottles) on the bus, especially in the afternoon as afternoon temperatures this time of year are between 90-100 degrees.
• All student riders must be registered to ride a First Student school bus. Rider permit forms can be picked up at the child’s school, from the child’s bus driver, First Student’s office at 1009 Sloan St. (behind the WHS Ninth Grade Center) or by downloading the form at weatherfordisd.com and clicking the “Transportation” button on the left-hand side. If you have any additional questions, please call First Student, Inc. at 817-599-3189.
The district has placed a “Back to School Information” link on its homepage, found on the left that includes a multitude of information and schedules for parents and students.
Students at Austin and Curtis elementary schools will notice something different as well – the additions of two portable buildings to each campus to help ease student crowding.
See the morning bus routes schedules for Weatherford ISD to the right of this story.