DeSoto ISD contracts with Dallas County Schools (DCS) for all district transportation needs. Dallas County Schools maintain the buses, determine the bus routes and employ the drivers and bus attendants.  Bus routes are available on the DeSoto ISD website Quick Link for parents.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding transportation, you may email Dallas County Schools at or visit For more information on routes, contact your child's school or the DeSoto ISD transportation liaison at 972-274-0627.

Transportation is available for students living two or more miles from their home schools. All students should be at their bus stop at least 10 minutes prior to the posted stop time. There are no bus services for the Alternative Education Campus. Transportation to the Alternative Education Campus is the responsibility of the parent or guardian.

For route and service issues, such as late buses and day-to-day operations of transportation, contact the DeSoto ISD Transportation Liaison at 972 274-0627 Monday – Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM or Dallas County Schools operations at 972 224-7329 Monday – Friday 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

 Daily Bus Routes for 2017-18
 Elementary Campuses
 Cockrell Hill The Meadows Frank D. Moates
Northside Ruby Young Woodridge
 Middle School Campuses
 East McCowan West
 High School
 DeSoto High School


Bus Rider Expectations:


  1. School bus transportation is available to all students living two or more miles from their home school.
  2. Students receiving special education transportation as a related service must have an ARD Committee meeting to document changes in the delivery of services. The ARD Committee will determine if any program modifications or supports are needed to assist the student. Removal by school bus driver (a) The driver of a school bus transporting students to or from school or a schools-sponsored or school related activity may send a student to the principal’s office to maintain effective discipline on the school bus. The principal shall respond by employing appropriate discipline management techniques consistent with the student code of conduct adopted under Section 37.001. (b) Section 37.004 applies to any placement under Subsection (a) of a student with a disability who receives special education services.

These rules are made in the interest of safety of all students and drivers using these buses.

Riding the bus is a privilege. You must follow the rules for your safety and the safety of others. We would not like to have to remove you from the bus.

  1. Do not play on the bus or in the bus line.
  2. Students can only ride their approved route. Students can only get on and off the bus at their approved stop.
  3. There will never be fighting, loud talking, profanity, screaming, or excessive teasing on the bus.
  4. The teachers who are on bus duty have a job to do to see after the safety of the students outside. There are many students outside, and the duty person should never have to look for you or ask you to be quiet in the bus line.
  5. Always be respectful of the staff whether on duty or driving the bus. Insubordination by students will not be tolerated.
  6. Walk on the sidewalk or in the crosswalk, not in the street, as you are led by the person on bus duty.
  7. Stay seated immediately upon getting on the bus. Sit down and stay in your seat while the bus is moving.
  8. Keep from bothering the bus driver and taking the driver’s attention from driving for your safety and the safety of others.
  9. Never stick your head or hands out of the window.
  10. The bus driver is in charge of the bus, and you must mind him/her.
  11. In the case of an accident or breakdown, stay seated until the driver tells you what to do.
  12. Leave the emergency exit alone.
  13. Do your part in keeping your bus clean and in good condition. Destruction of property cannot be tolerated (students and parents must pay for damages).
  14. Be sure to take all of your things with you when you leave the bus.
  15. When you get off the bus, stay on the sidewalk until the bus driver drives away.
  16. Bus questions or complaints from parents may also be directed to Dallas County Transportation at 972-224-7050.
  17. Students riding an overflow bus will need to allow a few days for service to begin.

Discipline Management Techniques

Fighting and other major disruptions will result in an immediate suspension as well as a possible referral to law enforcement officials.

Elementary Riders

  • 1st referral @ warning (serious offense-no warning)
  • 2nd referral @ 3 days loss of bus privileges
  • 3rd referral @ 5 days loss of bus privileges
  • 4th referral @ 10 days loss of bus privileges
  • 5th referral @ off the bus till the end of the semester or year

Secondary Riders

  • 1st referral @ warning (serious offense-no warning)
  • 2nd referral @ 5 days loss of bus privileges
  • 3rd referral @ 10 days loss of bus privileges
  • 4th referral @ off the bus till the end of the semester or year