Hazardous Routes

Hazardous Routes

Hazardous Route Rating Matrix 

The LISD Board of Trustees adopted the Hazardous Routes Rating Matrix on Oct. 17, 2019. This matrix will be used to rate students' walking routes to school to determine if it meets the criteria for bus service for those students living within two miles of their assigned campus. 

The state provides funding for public schools to bus students to and from campuses that are two miles or more from their home. In Leander ISD, families living closer than 2 miles from their assigned school are in the “Not Eligible for Transportation Zone,” or NETZone. Students in the NETZone are only provided bus service if their route to school is rated as hazardous. 

Routes in the NETZone automatically qualify for bus service when they meet any of the following criteria:

  • crosses an arterial street (as defined by the municipality's roadway plan) or highway without controls (stop sign, crosswalk, traffic signal or crossing guard);
  • aligns alongside a road with a speed limit more than 45 mph; or
  • crosses a railroad crossing.

The district will start evaluating routes in December and January and notify families that could be impacted after the evaluation process to gather feedback, which is then presented to the Board. Then the Board approves hazardous routes and the discontinuance of bus service for non-hazardous areas for each school year. This does not impact transportation service provided for special needs students when specified in the Individual Education Plan.

The district plans to notify all families affected by the board's decision in March.

Hazardous Routes Committee

Since October 2018, the Hazardous Routes Committee of nine community members and seven LISD staff members reviewed rating matrix samples from neighboring school districts and evaluated strengths and weaknesses of each. The committee then produced an evaluation matrix for LISD that will be considered for use  going forward.


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