Bus Accident Reporting System
The Texas Education Agency’s Bus Accident Reporting System (BARS) uses an annual survey to collect information on accidents involving school buses operated or contracted for use by school districts and charter schools, as required by statute and rule. The survey is open for reporting from approximately July 1 through approximately August 31 each year.
In responding to the survey, local education agencies must provide the following information for each accident:
- type of bus involved
- number of students and adults involved in the accident
- number and types of injuries that were sustained by bus passengers
- whether injured passengers were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident and, if so, the type
Law and Rules
- Texas Education Code, §34.015
- Commissioner's Rules: 19 Texas Administrative Code §61.1028, Reporting of Bus Accidents
Every school district and open-enrollment charter school must use the survey to submit its own individual report by August 31. If no accidents meeting the reporting requirements occurred during the school year, your school district or charter school is still required to submit a report showing zero as the number of bus accidents.
If an accident involved a citation (for either party), your district or charter school must report the accident. For an accident that did not involve a citation, your district or charter school has discretion over whether to report the accident. If you have questions, please contact Soyoung Lee in the TEA’s State Funding division at (512) 463-9534 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 2019–2020 BARS Report
- 2019–2020 Districts That Did Not Report BARS Data (PDF 431 KB)
- 2009-2020 BARS Summarized Data
For more information, contact:
Division of State Funding