Waco, Tx — Hoping to boost school attendance and address some transportation issues that students are facing, Waco ISD is working collaboratively with the Waco Transit System to provide all Waco ISD middle and high school students with free, reliable transportation to any school-related destination.
The program is a pilot study and has already logged several hundred student rides to date, said David Ellis, Supervisor of the Waco ISD Attendance, Truancy, and Dropout Recovery & Prevention Program.
“We are thinking out of the box about ways we can improve attendance at Waco ISD,” said Ellis. “Presently if students miss the bus or their family has car problems, many end up staying at home, and thus, miss valuable instruction time.”
Participating students must present a valid Waco ISD student identification card, something every secondary student should have. In addition, the free bus ride is only valid for school-related activities such as riding to and from school or school-related destinations during the school day.
The pilot program began May 1 will run through June 6.