The Transportation Department is responsible for daily bus operations, dispatching buses, fleet maintenance, safety, and driver training. The Sevier County Board of Education employs qualified, responsible bus drivers.
As such both the law and Board policy mandate that bus drivers comply with the Tennessee Commercial Driver License manual and similar regulations set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The transportation of students is an essential part of our public education system.
Student conduct is monitored on the bus in accordance with District policies and procedures to ensure the safe transportation of all students.
Student bus riding privileges may be temporarily denied or permanently revoked if misconduct of any student jeopardizes the safe operation of the school bus or the safety of pupils riding the bus. Parents are responsible for ensuring that their child attends school despite loss of riding privileges. Parents or legal guardians are responsible for the behavior and safety of their child until the time of boarding the bus in the morning, and after departing the bus at the end of the school day. Once the child enters the school bus, the authority to manage student conduct lies with the school administration and bus driver.
By State Law and for the safety of our students, drivers are not authorized to drop off students without a note from the school, pre-authorized by the parent in writing, at any location other than the place where the student is lives or is normally picked up in the morning.
Due to circumstances that might arrive, the student drop-off time can change from day to day. Parents should be informed that the student should be at the bus stop five (5) minutes prior to scheduled drop off time. Younger students who are not met will be returned to their school.
Behavior or activity jeopardizing safe operation of the school bus or interfering with the welfare of other vehicle occupants is prohibited.
For any misconduct occurring on a school bus, the school administrative staff will take appropriate action, which may include, but is not limited to, a parent conference, seat change, loss of bus riding privileges, restitution, bus suspension, and/or school suspension.
Without limiting other available actions or remedies, the school administrative staff is authorized to secure restitution for vandalism caused by students to school buses, using the same procedures available for recovery of damages to school property.
The school bus driver will report in writing to a principal, assistant principal, or other designee any conduct appearing to require disciplinary action. After administrative staff investigation, appropriate disciplinary action will follow. A copy of the misconduct report will be returned to the Transportation Director for proper record maintenance.
Pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students must have someone accompany them to and from the bus stop. Parents are urged to assist their children in developing a respect for and a sense of safety concerning all of the related operations of the school bus.
Parents are urged to play a role in maintaining responsibility for their child after the child leaves home to walk to the bus stop and the child’s behavior at the bus stop. Parents should see to it that their child arrives at the bus stop at least 5 minutes before the regularly scheduled arrival time. Bus drivers will not wait for tardy students since any wait will adversely affect the established time schedules for many other students. (This section of the operating procedures will be posted on the system transportation website and be made available in hard copy so that school administrators may refer parents concerning bus riding privileges).
Bus Safety Complaint Line
Please contact the Transportation Department at 865-453-3568 for additional information concerning bus routes and times.