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. Employees provide important feedback and are encouraged to share ideas to better serve the needs of parents, students and Transportation Department for an improved customer service environment. 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 35 buses which carry pre-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 children 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 without prior notice/authorization by the transportation supervisor.”

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 your assigned seat and be seated in order to keep aisles and exits clear. There should be no more than two riders per seat. Siblings and members of the same immediate household will be directed to share a seat.
    • All riders will be required to wear a face covering for the duration of their bus ride. Students will be expected to provide their own face covering.
    • All riders will be expected to use hand sanitizer each time they board the bus. Hand sanitizer will be available on each bus.
    • All riders are expected to follow guidance and direction from their bus driver, especially as it relates to assigned seating and physical distancing requirements.
    • 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.  Any student refusal to re-board the bus may require 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.
    • Profanity, chewing gum, eating or drinking are not allowed on the bus.
    • No throwing or passing objects allowed on, from, or into the bus.
    • Cell phones must remain turned off and stored out of sight for the duration of the bus ride.
    • Willful failure to abide by any of these guidelines may result in the suspension of bus privileges.

CONSEQUENCES:

  1. A Bus Conduct Report may be completed by the bus driver as a warning and forwarded to the principal.
  2. Two (2) Bus Conduct Reports may result in a three- to five-day suspension from the privilege of riding the bus.
  3. Three (3) Bus Conduct Reports may 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 may result in suspension from the privilege of riding the bus for the remainder of the school year.
  5. The parent/legal guardian may be 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 (printable PDF)

 
Transportation

Bo Alexander, Supervisor
Shane Cagle, Operations Specialist
Dylan Underhill, Administrative Clerk

Freedom Middle School
750 New Highway 96 West
Phone: 615-790-4704
Fax: 615-591-2805

 

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