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Bus and Zoning Information

Please Note: School zones for the 2023-2024 school year will change with the opening of Kirkwood High School. For updated high school zoning information, please visit https://www.cmcss.net/zoning/.

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
K-5 students qualify if they live 1 mile or more beyond their assigned school. Students in grades 6-12 qualify if they live 1 1/2 miles 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.


  • 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.

Special Needs

The CMCSS Student Transportation Department transports about 800 exceptional students each year to and from school.

A special needs student is a student identified as disabled under the Individuals with Disabilities Education act (I.D.E.A.) who must have special transportation to access his/her educational program. See TRN-P002 for more details.

Bus Safety

Review our Bus Safety page to learn more about behavior expectations on the school bus.