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Bus and Zoning Information

Parent Responsibility Zone

In an effort to improve transportation services while facing the ongoing local, state, and national bus driver shortage, CMCSS is updating its transportation routes and qualifications for the 2022-2023 school year.

State law establishes that school districts may provide school transportation for children who live more than 1 ½ miles from their zoned school. CMCSS has exceeded the expectations of the state law to provide transportation to elementary students who live more than half a mile (.5) from their zoned school and middle and high school students who live more than a mile (1) from their zoned school.

Effective the 2022-2023 school year, CMCSS will be expanding the radius of the parent responsibility zone (PRZ), the area in which families are responsible for providing transportation (car rider, walker, etc.), by half a mile for both elementary and secondary students to:

  • 1 mile for elementary students
  • 1 ½ miles for middle and high school students
Exceptions:

For student safety, transportation will still be provided for students who live in the PRZ under the following travel conditions:

  • 4 or more lanes of traffic without a crossing guard
  • Roads with insufficient road width (less than 24 ft.) with speeds above 35 mph
  • Roads with no sidewalks with speeds above 35 mph
Notes:
  • This change will not impact students who receive Special Populations transportation services as indicated in their IEPs.
  • Any future development within the PRZ that has accessible safe travel paths may not be eligible for CMCSS transportation.
  • If a daycare is in the PRZ, CMCSS will not provide transportation.

In May 2022, the Transportation Department will be directly contacting families who have students in the 1/2 mile expanded zone.

Parent Responsibility Zone School Maps

Bus Rider Zoning Information

Questions

  • If you have questions about student transportation, please call (931) 358-4089 for assistance.
  • Call (931) 358-2006 for information regarding sub buses.

Bus Stop Information

  • Please make sure that your child is at the bus stop five minutes prior to the posted time.
  • Our buses will not travel additional roads or make additional stops during inclement weather. Students will be picked up and dropped off at the same bus stop every day.

Student Transportation works diligently to ensure all children are transported safely and on time. Safety is the first priority. Families should understand that posted route times may not be possible due to the critical bus driver shortage. Schools will communicate with families via SchoolMessenger for expected delays.

State Law
TCA 49.6.2101 allows students living 1 1/2 miles beyond their assigned school is provided with  transportation.

2021-2022 CMCSS Qualifications
K-5 students qualify if they live 1/2 mile or more beyond their assigned school. Students in grades 6th-12th qualify if they live 1 mile or more beyond their assigned school. Students must attend the school for which they are zoned. For an exception to school attendance zones, a Special Request for Transfer must be made to and approved by the Student Services Department. Transportation will not be provided to students whose Special Request for Transfer is approved or to those students who apply for Open Enrollment (a window for application is announced in January of each year). In certain situations, such as high school college and career academies, limited transportation options may be available for enrolled students.

Bus Rider Eligibility

State Law
TCA 49.6.2101 allows students living 1 1/2 miles beyond their assigned school is provided with transportation.

CMCSS Qualifications
Beginning in the 2022-2023 school year, K-5 students qualify if they live more than 1 mile beyond their assigned school.

Students in grades 6th-12th qualify if they live more than 1 1/2 miles beyond their assigned school.

Students must attend the school for which they are zoned. For an exception to school attendance zones, a Special Request for Transfer must be made to and approved by the Student Services Department. Transportation will not be provided to students whose Special Request for Transfer is approved. Students attending a school of choice, have opted out of rezoning, or who have applied for Open Enrollment will not be eligible for Student Transportation services. In certain situations, such as high school college and career academies, limited transportation options may be available for enrolled students.

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Bus Safety