Route Design

Leander ISD’s bus routes are created with student safety in mind, while at the same time maximizing vehicle efficiency. Stops are created that allow students to wait off of the main roadway for the bus if at all possible.

LISD bus stops are not placed in dead end streets or cul-de-sacs whenever possible to minimize bus accidents while backing up – a hazardous maneuver for a vehicle as large as a school bus. Stops are spread as far apart as criteria will allow in order to decrease the number of stops each bus will make on its route, minimizing riding time for the students.

Elementary students may be required to walk up to .2 of a mile (two long blocks) to a bus stop. Secondary students may be required to walk up to .5 of a mile (five long blocks). Bus routes are designed to minimize student ride time.

Students in special programs are subject to different design criteria. Contact the Transportation Department at 512-570-0700 for additional information.

Bus Route Information (InfoFinder i)

Leander ISD’s TransFinder’s InfoFinder i software allows LISD parents to get information on their students’ bus stop locations and times by simply entering their street address and the student’s grade level. 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. 

TransFinder will then give you a map showing your child’s assigned elementary or secondary bus stop.

Central terminal based routes
Service Route numbers:
200s, 300s and 400s

Schools south of Whitestone / 1431:

  • Cox ES
  • Cypress ES
  • Deer Creek ES
  • Faubion ES
  • Grandview Hills ES
  • Knowles ES
  • Laura W. Bush ES
  • Naumann ES
  • Reagan ES
  • Reed ES
  • River Place ES
  • River Ridge ES
  • Steiner Ranch ES
  • Westside ES
  • Canyon Ridge MS
  • Cedar Park MS
  • Four Points MS
  • Henry MS
  • Cedar Park HS
  • Vandegrift HS
  • Vista Ridge HS
  • LEO

North terminal based routes
Service Route numbers:
500s, 600s and 700s

Schools north of Whitestone / 1431:

  • Bagdad ES
  • Block House Creek ES
  • Camacho ES
  • Larkspur ES
  • Mason ES
  • North ES
  • Plain ES
  • Pleasant Hill ES
  • Tarvin ES
  • Whitestone ES
  • Winkley ES
  • Danielson MS
  • Leander MS
  • Running Brushy MS
  • Stiles MS
  • Wiley MS
  • Early College HS
  • Glenn HS
  • Leander HS
  • Rouse HS

Special Needs Service Parameters

At Leander ISD we work to ensure that your child arrives at school and returns home safely with care and thought given to his/her individual needs. Success with your student occurs as a result of our commitment, skill, knowledge, understanding, and ability to communicate. All LISD drivers and monitors participate in frequent in-service training to expand and improve their driving skills and upgrade their knowledge of helping children with special needs.

In Leander ISD’s system, everyone works hard to communicate needs and changes. When changes occur, routes must be revised and time changes communicated to all parents. Should transportation be determined to be a related service by the ARD Committee, please plan to transport your child to and from school the first three (3) days following the ARD. After the ARD, the driver will call you within three (3) days to:

  • Introduce him/herself and the monitor;
  • Tell you how and when you can reach him/her; and
  • Establish times and location for your child’s pick-up and drop-off.

As A Parent, You Can Help Support Your Student By:

  • Always keeping your emergency contact information up-to-date.
  • Attending your child’s ARD committee meetings and Annual Reviews.
  • Completing the Special Needs Transportation Information Sheet.
  • Ensuring a responsible person is home when your child is picked up in the morning and brought home in the afternoon. (Drivers assume responsibility at the door of the bus in the morning and will not release the child until they see the responsible person after school.)
  • Having your child ready to board the bus within three (3) to five (5) minutes of the scheduled time each morning.
  • Calling 512-570-0700 and making an appointment to speak with the driver rather than delay them in route to transport other students.
  • Teaching your child to follow the bus rules. (A copy will be provided to you.)
  • Notifying the Transportation Office (512-570-0700) as early as possible when your child will not be attending school. An answering machine is provided so that you may leave messages after hours if necessary. Failure to ride three consecutive days will result in termination of service until the parent/guardian calls the Transportation Office and reinstates the service.
  • Sharing information with the driver and/or monitor regarding changes in schedule, medical status or major personal disruptions that would seriously affect your child’s behavior.
  • Communicating in writing any medical information, medication or student health status changes which would affect your child’s transportation.
  • Being open to information from the driver or a monitor regarding their observations and concerns.
  • Making sure your child goes to the restroom before boarding the bus.
  • Maintaining consistent day care. (Frequent changes adversely affect bus schedules for all students assigned to the bus.)
  • Remembering that students in wheelchairs must have properly operating brake locks, foot rests, arm rests, and a safety belt.

Special Needs Transportation: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What happens if I’m not home to receive my child after school?

If no one is home to receive your child when the driver arrives, the driver will continue with the route, keeping your child on the bus until the other children have been transported. Then the driver will make an attempt to leave your child at your home one more time. If no one is home after the second attempt, the driver will return the child to his/her campus.

Why does it take up to three days to begin transportation services for my child?

When a new student is added to or dropped from a driver’s list, the time of pick-up and drop-off changes for all students on that route. Parents need information as quickly as possible to adjust to changing pick-up and drop-off times. The driver also needs information about their children before transporting them. The three-day lead between notice and start of transport allows for necessary information processing.

Why must my child be on the bus so long?

Door-to-door service for special needs students requires the drivers to go to multiple locations (often as many as 10 – 15) spread out over a large geographic area, and to transport students to locations that are out of the child’s home attendance school area. Our goal is for no special needs student to be on the bus for more than one hour each way.

Whom do I call when I have questions or concerns?

If you have questions or concerns about transportation services for your child, please call the Leander ISD Transportation Department at 512-570-0700.