TRANSPORTATION

TRANSPORTATION

  • Find Your Bus Route:   At the opening screen, simply type in your address (example: using the abbreviated suffixes of St., Ln., Rd., etc.) and you will be shown your bus number, your child’s closest bus stop, and the approximate arrival and drop-off times. 
  • Zoning Information:  There are five FSSD school zones. This link will allow you to view the five zoning maps.
  • Neighborhoods by School Zone:  This listing shows schools by neighborhood and subdivision.
 
The FSSD Transportation Department transports students safely to and from school and school
activities; drivers are expected to display a positive attitude, strong character, willingness to learn, and to be cooperative and courteous with other school personnel, parents, and students.
 
IMG_1154The Transportation Department engages in continuous improvement. As concerns and special requests are presented, the Department reviews each one with safety and efficiency as the number one priority of the decision-making process. Improvements are made based on student safety and the needs of the school district. Scheduled and unscheduled group employee meetings are utilized to seek out improvement processes. Through group employee meetings, each employee is encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas to better serve the needs of parents, students and Transportation Department for an improved customer service environment. Diligent performance in serving the needs of students, parents, and school personnel establishes a good public image. The Transportation Department contributes to the district vision of “Excellence in Teaching and Learning for All” by offering a safe environment to all students, so they arrive and depart from school prepared and ready to learn.
 
Riding the Bus
The FSSD Transportation Department oversees a fleet of 31 buses which carry kindergarten through 8th grade students to eight schools.All bus drivers are trained in CPR and first aid and are provided ongoing annual training for school bus operation, as required by the state. Getting your child safely to school is of utmost concern to the FSSD and many safety precautions are in place. If your child will be riding the bus please note the following:
  • Students should be waiting for their bus at least 5 minutes prior to the scheduled pick-up time. Bus times are approximate due to factors such as variable ridership, traffic tie-ups, mechanical difficulties, etc.
  • Students should stand at least 5 feet away from the bus stop staging area. This is for your child’s safety so that they are not in harm’s way of other vehicle traffic.
  • Students should NEVER walk behind a school bus while boarding or deboarding the bus. The bus driver needs to have a clear view of the student at all times.
  • Video monitoring equipment is on all buses to address student behavior issues.
 
Bus Rules and Regulations

The school bus is an extension of school; therefore, students should conduct themselves in a manner consistent with established safety standards and classroom conduct. Bus students are under the supervision and control of the bus driver while on his/her bus.

STUDENTS MAY RIDE ONLY ON ASSIGNED BUSES.
FSSD Board Policy 3.401 specifically states:  “Under no circumstances shall students be transported past their assigned school or to a place other than their in-zone residence.”

To ensure safe and orderly means of transportation, the following guiding principles are established for riders:        

  • Be at the bus stop prior to the arrival of the bus.
  • Wait on the sidewalk, away from the curb, until the bus comes to a complete stop.
  • Go directly to an available seat and be seated in order to keep aisles and exits clear.
  • Keep noise at classroom level.
  • Keep head, hands, and objects inside the bus.
  • Respect the rights and property of others.
  • Obey the driver promptly and respectfully.
  • If the driver does not see the expected and customary safe environment for any student exiting the bus after school, that student will be asked to re-board the bus.  Due to safety concerns, student refusal to re-board the bus may result in law enforcement involvement.
  • Remain seated until the bus has come to a complete stop and use the emergency door only in an emergency.
  • No drugs, weapons, hazardous materials, or animals are allowed on the bus.
  • No objects are permitted on board that can’t be held in a student’s lap.
  • No profanity, chewing gum, eating or drinking on the bus.
  • Throwing or passing objects on, from, or into the bus is not allowed.
  • The bus radio may be played at the driver’s discretion. Student requests will be considered to encourage proper behavior on the bus. Please call the Transportation Department if you have concerns.
  • Student cell phones must remain turned off and in backpacks. Cell phones may not be taken out at any point during the bus ride.

 

CONSEQUENCES:

  1. A Bus Conduct Report will be completed by the bus driver as a warning and forwarded to the principal.
  2. Two (2) Bus Conduct Reports will result in a three- to five-day suspension from the privilege of riding the bus.
  3. Three (3) Bus Conduct Reports will result in an additional ten (10) days suspension from the privilege of riding the bus.
  4. Four (4) Bus Conduct Reports or zero tolerance offenses will result in suspension from the privilege of riding the bus for the remainder of the school year.
  5. The parent/legal guardian is held legally responsible for any damage to the bus and/or bus equipment by his/her child.

Depending on the severity of the offense, other consequences may be assigned, and a student could be assigned up to the maximum consequence the first time the offense is committed (FSSD Board Policy 6.308).  

When necessary, this information may be modified by the FSSD administration, with the approval of the Director of Schools. Parents and users will be notified of any changes.

Bus Rules and Regulations (printable PDF)

 

Safety Complaint Form

 
Transportation
Bo Alexander, Supervisor
David Scurlock, Administrative Manager
Shane Cagle, Operations Specialist
Freedom Middle School
750 New Highway 96 West
Phone: 615-790-4704
Fax: 615-591-2805