Johnson County Schools

How To Become A Bus DriverThe Transportation Department provides extensive training for school bus driver applicants. This training assists applicants in successfully completing the State of Tennessee’s Commercial Driver License Exam. For more information, please contact Barry Bishop at or come to the Bus Garage at 2021 Hwy 421 North for an application. You may also contact us by calling 423-727-2638 during regular business hours. The rewards for being a bus driver are bigger than just a paycheck!

Johnson County Department of Pupil Transportation and School Bus Garage

Barry Bishop, Director of Transportation
Billie Blevins, Secretary
Darwin Garver, Mechanic
Ray Dowell , Mechanic
Margaret Dowell, Dispatch

Transportation Department Hours of Operation

*Normal business hours for the Transportation Department are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday.

* Our staff members, however, are on duty from 5:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – well before students are picked up in the morning and after all students return home in the evening.

* Should an after-hours emergency occur, you can reach a Transportation staff member by calling 423-727-5528 Again, we ask that you use this number only in EMERGENCY situations.

Almost all children today ride a school bus at one time or another. Some ride back and forth to school each day. Some ride only occasionally on field trips. It is important, therefore, that all children learn about safe school bus behaviours and Bus Rules


• The arrival time of the school bus will be stabilized as much as possible after the first week of school, but may still vary to some degree due to weather, traffic conditions, or other circumstances. Parents are responsible for having children at the bus stop on time. Buses cannot wait beyond their regular schedules for those who are tardy.

• Until a child boards the bus, parents are responsible for their child’s care, custody, supervision, and control. The parents themselves carry the obligation to ensure their child is safe until the bus arrives and until the child is on board the bus. On return from school, once the child steps off the bus, parents assume the same responsibilities. When unforeseen events cause postponements or changes in bus schedules or school closings, parents are responsible for monitoring designated radio and/or TV stations . Stations you should tune into for the most current information will be WQUT, WMCT, WXBQ, and WETB radio. WCYB channel 5 and WJHL channel 11 will be the TV stations you should tune into.

• Students should arrive at the bus stop about five minutes before the bus is scheduled to be there. Students are to wait in a quiet and orderly manner. Students should wait on the sidewalk or off the roadway and not on private property. Parents are responsible for their children’s behavior while they are at the bus stop. If a bus is unable to arrive for its schedule pickup of a student, the parents of that student are responsible for their child’s care, custody, supervision, and control until the child has actually boarded the bus.

• Students are assigned to one bus, and bus drivers may assign seats to individual students when necessary. Students will normally be allowed to ride only the bus to which they are assigned. Students may ride a different bus only with a note  from a parent or guardian which is approved by the principal or his/her designee.

• Students will be transported directly from home to school to home, except when special arrangements have been made and approved by the principal or his/her designee as in Bus Rule No. 4. Students may board and exit their assigned buses only at their designated pick-up and destination points.

• No animals, reptiles, etc…, may be brought on the bus for any reason.

• The bus driver is in charge of the students and the bus. Students must promptly and respectfully obey any reasonable request or instruction from the bus driver. Students will sit in their seats upon boarding the bus and will remain seated until they get off the bus. Standing is allowed only when entering and exiting the bus. Students must not change seats or move from one seat to another. Aisle ways must be kept clear.

• Students must not extend their heads or arms out of bus windows. The driver will determine whether bus windows are to be raised or lowered.

• Students must follow and obey instructions of the driver in entering and exiting the bus. Students will enter and exit the bus only with the permission of the driver. Students will walk at least twelve feet in front of the stopped bus and carefully look in every direction for approaching traffic or other hazards before attempting to cross the roadway. Parents shall be responsible for their child’s care, custody, supervision and control after they have exited the bus.

• Any damage done on the bus will be reported at once to the driver. Pencils, magic markers and pointed objects will be kept in notebooks. Parents and students will be held financially responsible for holes in seats, marks on walls, or any other damage done.

• Use of tobacco products is not permitted on the bus.

• Illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages, and any other unauthorized substances are not permitted on the bus.

• Students will not bring with them on the bus any object which could be considered a weapon.

• Possession of a laser pointer on any School Bus will result in confiscation of the pointer and a ten day bus suspension.

• Parents are responsible for having proper adult supervision at the home when students are returning home after school. Failure to comply with this requirement once will result in a warning. The second failure may result in bus privileges being revoked.

Statewide data:

It is 24,800 miles to circumnavigate the globe at the equator.

Every single school day, buses across the state of Tennessee drive a total of 265,314 miles.

If we could actually drive around the world, Tennessee’s bus drivers drive the equivalent of 10.7 times around the world.

In 180 school days, Tennessee’s buses travel 47,756,520 miles or the equivalent of 1,925.66 times around the world.

Each day in Tennessee, more than 470,000 children ride to and from school on 8,213 buses.

School buses, depending on fuel used, get anywhere from 3-7 miles per gallon. Even guessing that each buses gets 7 mpg, this means we buy almost 38,000 gallons of fuel every day to transport children to school.

Tennessee has a pretty even distribution of male and female drivers (4,036 male and 4,626 female)

Johnson County buses travel approximately 830 miles per day. Johnson County employs 9 male and 16 female drivers.