To Assure Academic and Personal Success For Each Child

Parent Handbook

Bus Service

Bus service is available for students attending their zoned schools. If your residence is located within 1.5 miles of the school your child attends, your child is not entitled to transportation. However, your child may be provided transportation at the sole discretion of MCS if the bus has capacity and does not have to deviate from established routes.

Bus stops at each residence are not feasible, and buses do not enter driveways or streets with cul-de-sacs. Every effort will be made to locate bus stops within a reasonable walking distance from the child’s residence. It is the parent’s responsibility to supervise their children at bus stops in the morning and afternoon.

The school bus is an extension of school activity; students shall conduct themselves on the bus in a manner consistent with the established standards for safety and classroom behavior.

Students are under the supervision and control of the bus driver while on his/her bus and all reasonable directions given by him/her shall be followed.

The principal of the student transported shall be informed by the bus driver of any serious discipline problem and may be called upon to assist if necessary. A student may be denied the privilege of riding the bus if the principal determines his/her behavior is such as to cause disruption on the bus, or if he/she disobeys state or local rules and regulations pertaining to student transportation.

The suspension of a student from riding the school bus shall follow the same procedures as for any school suspension.

Any student requesting to exit the bus at any point between school and normal daily drop-off point must have written parental permission and the approval of the principal or principal designee. The principal or principal designee will provide written approval to the bus driver before the student is allowed to proceed.

Students who transfer from bus to bus while en route to and from school shall be expected to abide by the discipline policies adopted by the Board and rules adopted by the staff of the assigned school.

Use of Video Cameras

Video cameras may be used to monitor student behavior on school vehicles transporting students to and from school or extracurricular activities. Video surveillance shall be used to promote the order, safety, and security of students, staff and property.

Arriving at the Bus Stop

  • Arrive at your bus stop ten (10) minutes prior to the scheduled bus arrival If other students are waiting to board, get in line without pushing or crowding and stay off the roadway.
  • Students must stand well off the road and clear of the bus until it comes to a complete stop. Students should not run towards the bus.

Boarding the Bus

  • Do not cross the road until the driver signals that it is safe to do so. Students should be careful when approaching bus stops and should walk on the left side of the road, facing oncoming traffic.
  • Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before attempting to board.
  • Board the bus quickly but without crowding or pushing.
  • After boarding the bus, promptly take your assigned seat and face the front. Do not switch seats without the driver’s permission.
  • The bus will not move until all passengers are seated and the aisle is clear. Students must remain seated while bus is in motion.
  • In order to maintain conditions and an atmosphere suitable for safety, no one can board the bus except students assigned to that bus or other people with lawful and valid business on the bus.

Rules for Bus Conduct

Riding a bus to and from school in the Murfreesboro City School System is a privilege not to be taken lightly. All must understand and observe good conduct, courtesy, cooperation, and respect for the authority of the bus driver.

Prohibited Items

  • Food, drinks, chewing gum, tobacco (any form), or alcoholic beverages
  • Glass or other breakable items, flower arrangements, balloons/balloon bouquets
  • Insects, reptiles, or other animals
  • Weapons, explosive devices, harmful drugs, or chemicals
  • Perfumes or fingernail polish

Bus Behavior

  • Students shall not open windows unless asked to do so by the driver.
  • Students must keep hands, feet, arms, and head inside the bus.
  • Students shall not throw objects on the bus or out the windows.
  • Students shall not distract the driver with loud talking, laughing, fighting, or unnecessary confusion.
  • Students shall not litter.
  • Aisles should be kept clear of books, bags, lunches, instruments, and school projects. Parents should make arrangements to transport items too large to be held on the student’s lap.
  • Students shall not use inappropriate language or gestures. It is unacceptable to use language or gestures that are lewd, obscene, profane, or in general offensive and and objectionable.
  • Students shall not be disobedient. It is unacceptable to be defiant or refuse to obey and follow a legitimate request, command, rule, regulation, directive, or order.
  • Students shall not be disrespectful, discourteous, impolite, rude, insubordinate, or surly.
  • Students shall not be abusive or aggressive. It is unacceptable to mistreat, misuse, hurt by treating badly, demean, insult, intimidate, extort, mock, jeer, ridicule, threaten, or use excessive force.
  • Students shall not damage school property.
  • School supplies such as pens, pencils, markers, crayons, or sharp objects of any kind must be contained in the student’s backpack/book bag at all times.
  • Students may not touch the emergency door, exit controls, or any other safety equipment on the bus unless directed by the bus unless directed by the bus driver.

Exiting the Bus

  • Remain seated until the bus comes to a complete stop.
  • Do not push or crowd when leaving the bus.
  • On exiting the bus, students should cross the road only after the driver has signaled that it is safe to do so.

Misbehavior on the School Bus

  • When a student misbehaves on a bus for the first time, the driver will explain to the student the necessity of good behavior.
  • If after talks and warnings the student continues to violate the rules, the driver will inform the student that the rule violation will be reported to the principal. This report will include the use of a written form that lists the offense and action taken by the principal.
  • When a student is not allowed to ride the bus, the principal will inform the parents of the penalty, the reason for it, and how long the penalty will last. The parents become responsible for seeing that their child gets to and from school safely.
  • If a student damages any part of the bus, the student’s parents may be held financially responsible.

For additional information, visit the Transportation Page.

Board Policy SS 8

Legal References: T.C.A §49-6-2008