Bus Routes and Information

Bus Rules

RULES for Riders  

Riding a bus to and from school in the Maryville City School system is a privilege not a right. All students must understand and observe good conduct, courtesy, cooperation, and respect for the authority of the bus driver. Copies of the rules are clearly posted on each bus as a daily reminder.

  •       Follow the bus driver's directions the first time they are given.    
  •       The bus driver can assign seats for misbehavior. 
  •       Keep all parts of your body inside the bus and keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself. 
  •       Students must be seated except when boarding or exiting the bus. 
  •       Drivers have the right to prohibit students from doing anything that might distract the driver - including noise or actions that might threaten the safety of the bus.
  •        Any student who willfully damages the bus will not be able to ride until making reparations with the bus owner.

Bus Notes

According to state law, TCA 46-6-21, no student will be allowed to ride home with another student without written permission from the parent, which must be approved by the school principal. If approved, the driver will be provided with a copy of the request form.



  • When getting on the bus, stay away from the danger zone and wait for the driver's signal. Board the bus one at a time.
  • When getting off the bus, look before stepping off the bus to be sure no cars are passing on the shoulder (side of the road). Move away from the bus.
  • Before crossing the street, take five "giant steps" out from the front of the bus, or until the driver's face can be seen (A). Wait for the driver to signal that it is safe to cross.
  • Look left-right-left when coming to the edge of the bus to make sure traffic is stopped. Keep watching traffic when crossing.


  • Supervise children to make sure they get to the stop on time, wait far away from the road, and avoid rough play.
  • Teach your child to ask the driver for help if he/she drops something near the bus. If a child bends down to pick up something, the driver cannot see him/her and the child may be hit by the bus. Have your child use a backpack or book bag to keep loose items together.
  • Make sure clothing and backpacks have no loose drawstrings or long straps, to be caught in the handrail or bus door.
  • Encourage safe school bus loading and unloading.
  • If you think a bus stop is in a dangerous place, talk with your school office or transportation director about changing the location.

School Bus Laws

Laws exist to protect children getting on and off the bus AND protect you from a tragedy. Check with your school or police department for more information on your state's laws. Here are some rules:

  • Vehicles must stop when the bus displays flashing red warning lights and extends the stop signal arm (B).
  • Vehicles may not pass until the flashing red lights and signals are turned off. Vehicles traveling in the same direction as the bus are always required to stop. In some states, vehicles moving in the opposite direction on a divided roadway are also required to stop. Check the law in your state.
  • Never pass on the right side of the bus, where children enter or exit. This is illegal and can have tragic results.
  • Violation of these laws can result in a citation and fine. In many places, school bus drivers can report passing vehicles.

Bus Conduct


      In order to maintain conditions and an atmosphere suitable for safety, no person shall enter onto a school bus except students assigned to that bus or other persons with lawful and valid business on the bus.
      The school bus is an extension of school activity; therefore, 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 and assistant while on the bus, and all reasonable directions given by driver or assistant shall be followed.
      The principal of the student transported shall be informed by the bus driver or assistant of any discipline problems and may be called upon to assist if necessary. 

      A student may be denied the privilege of riding the bus if the principal determines that 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.

School Zone for Loading and Unloading


The Danger Zone is the area on all sides of the bus where children are in the most danger of being hit. Children should stay at least ten feet away from the bus (or as far away as they can) and never go behind it. They should take five (5) giant steps in front of the bus before crossing, so they can be seen by the driver.

Bus Routes

JSE buses are 85, 56, 20, 15, 6, and 82

Click on the interactive map to find a bus stop near you.

bus Map


For a street by street description please visit MCS District Bus Routes

Use of Video Cameras


      Video cameras are used to monitor student behavior on school buses 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.
      Due to the privacy rights of other students, no parent/guardian is allowed to view bus tapes. If there is an issue, transportation personnel and school administrators will view the tape.