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There are some important changes for Bus Riders this year. Please read below.

Bus Rider Eligibility

Rockdale ISD is experiencing a shortage of Bus Drivers this year that requires us to extend the walk zone for JH and HS students.  This will allow us to continue providing service for students where it is impossible and/or dangerous for them to walk to school. Please review the BUS ELIGIBILITY MAP to see if the service has changed for your area and contact transportation if you have questions. 

**Junior High and High School students that live in the ORANGE area of the map are now in the Walk Zone.**

Bus Passes

Bus passes will not be available this year and parents may not call campuses to change the drop off location.  Parents are asked to indicate a regular drop off location and families need to make arrangements for children to be picked up from school or for someone to be at their assigned location to receive them.  


Our schools will soon be launching SMART tag which will change how students ride the bus. These exciting changes will improve student safety and security while riding our buses. SMART tag is a student ridership authorization solution, which, simply put, will ensure your child is getting on the right bus and off at the right stop. Click here to view the WELCOME TO THE SMART TAG FAMILY LETTER. (SPANISH)

Bus Expectations

Transportation expectations can be found in the RISD STUDENT HANDBOOK (SPANISH) beginning on Page 111. 

If you have any questions for transportation, you may contact Robert Hunter at or 512-430-6020, ext 1212.

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Returning student back-to-school registration verification opens today, Wednesday, August 3.

Login to Skyward Family Access to verify your returning students' information for the new year. If you need help with your Skyward Family Access username or password, select Forgot your Login/Password?

If you do not have a Skyward Family Access account, contact the front office to sign-up. You will need an email address that you regularly check.

All back-to-school forms must be completed by August 31, 2022.

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Transfer students are reminded to submit applications for the 2022-23 school year. 

Parents of students transferring into the Rockdale Independent School District from other school districts are reminded to submit applications for student transfers for the 2022-2023 school year. There is no transfer fee. 

Transfer forms may be completed by contacting Dyan Shelander in the office of the superintendent at 520 W. Davilla or 512-430-6000, during regular office hours, Monday through Friday.

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Breakfast and lunch will be free to all students for the 2022-2023 school year. 

Rockdale ISD Child Nutrition department has announced the district will provide free meals for all students for the 2022-23 school year. The meals will include one entrée, one choice of milk and student’s choice of fruit and vegetables for both breakfast and lunch. Second meals, additional entrées and milk, and any à la carte snack items are still available for a charge.

The district qualified for the free meals under the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). RISD is reimbursed using a formula based on the percentage of students categorically eligible for free meals based on participation in other specific means-test programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

Erin Lopez, General Manager of the RISD Child Nutrition department, stated “because all students receive meals at no charge, individual children at CEP schools no longer have to worry about the stigma associated with free or reduced price status. And most importantly, by offering all students a nutritious breakfast and lunch at no cost, CEP helps boost participation, helping schools ensure more students come to class well-nourished and ready to learn.” 

For more information, visit:

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Pre-K is now free to all 4-year-olds living inside RISD boundaries beginning with the 2022-23 school year.

Children entering Pre K need to be 4 years old on or before September 1st. Children entering kindergarten need to be 5 years old on or before September 1st.

Documents you will need to enrollment your student:

  • Student's Birth Certificate
  • Student's Immunization Records
  • Student's Social Security Card
  • Proof of Rockdale ISD residency (ex. current utility bill or lease)
  • Parent/Guardian ID
  • Proof of income for PreK only (PreK is free beginning 2022-23 but we still must collect income information for reimbursement)