It is back to school time!  The following video from the National Safety Council and First Student impresses the importance of being aware of the Big Yellow School Bus.  Please enjoy this short video and be extra careful when you are around stopped school buses loading and unloading students.  "Be Aware, Be Alert, and Be safe"

For more information visit: National Safety Council

Wilson County Schools Pupil Transportation wishes to support the National PTA and Child Safety Network by encouraging members of the public to listen to the following Public Service Announcement.  Please follow the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYtxy5yCqWA

Thank you for your continued support of making the transportation services of Wilson County the safest possible.  

PRESS RELEASE

The Yellow School Bus and Wilson County

Christmas is certainly the perfect time to reflect on the important things that sustain us and our unique community. As Director of Transportation for Wilson County Schools, I have the blessing of leading over 200 employees including 35 special needs bus drivers and attendants. These dedicated individuals work tirelessly, every day, to make our organization work efficiently for the 12,000+ students who utilize our nearly 179 buses throughout the school year.

I, along with all our dedicated employees, believe in the work we are doing. We consider it a privilege to serve our community and the people in it---namely, our future leaders. The Yellow School Bus is an American icon of the public school system. Some would say it is a sacred tradition to ride the school bus. However, some teenagers would not agree. But what I can say, with confidence, is that the school bus helps to provide an access to a quality education. Without it, countless thousands would be robbed of that liberty. The Yellow School Bus is the safest way to achieve such a task.

Keeping our children safe is our highest priority while working within a budget. The Yellow School Bus is the safest mode of transportation for getting children back and forth to school. According to the United States Department of Transportation, School Bus accidents only account for about one percent (1%) of student fatalities annually. Fifty-eight percent (58%) of student fatalities are caused by teen drivers and twenty-three percent (23%) are caused by adult drivers.

School Buses are designed to be safer than passenger vehicles in avoiding crashes and preventing injury. Every aspect of the Yellow School Bus is designed to ensure safety. This includes crash standards, size, height, flashing red lights, cross-view mirrors, reinforced sides, bright color, stop sign arms, and more.

Currently, there are three types of school buses. Each type has a Tennessee law limiting the maximum years of life allowed. These include the Type A: Cutaway style bus (There are no life extensions for this type. They typically have extremely high mileage, 25,000+ a year), the Type C: Conventional style (these buses are allowed 15 years of service. Annual mileage varies from 12,000-20,000 miles.  They are also designed for “special needs” services) and may be extended under extended utilization for an additional two years of service, and the Type D: Transit style (these buses are allowed 15 years of service--Generally averaging 15,000 miles per year) and may be extended for an additional two years of service under extended utilization guidelines enforced by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

Your children’s safety is also ensured by our well-trained drivers who drive 2 plus million miles annually in Wilson County. Our drivers, in Wilson County, are experienced in student behavior management; they receive regular drug/alcohol screenings, annual motor vehicle reports, training in loading and unloading, railroad safety training, defensive driving training, and other safety qualifications.  

The Yellow School Bus also contributes to an exponential amount of fuel savings, for our country, every year. According to the American School Bus Council, school buses keep an annual estimated 17.3 million cars off roads surrounding schools each morning. In fact, one school bus accounts for about 36 vehicles for a national savings of about 2.3 billion gallons of fuel amounting to approximately 6 billion dollars. Environmentally, this amounts to a savings of about 44.6 million pounds of CO2 emissions from polluting our air.

The Yellow School Bus in Wilson County keeps an estimated 17,900 cars off the roads surrounding schools each morning. The total estimated miles saved by buses transporting students instead of cars is 77,328,000 miles in Wilson County and we help our environment by not consuming some 3,222,000 gallons of gas which would be required if we did not run school buses.  The annual car fuel savings would be $10,149,300 with gas at $3.15 per gallon.  The total estimated community savings by running the yellow school bus in Wilson County is $9,027,354.00.  I am grateful that we are able to provide these services which certainly help our students, community and our precious environment.  Truly our school buses help our community!

Wilson County Schools is proud of the great value that the Yellow School Bus brings to our community.  It is certain that the Yellow School Buses in Wilson County, first and foremost, provide a gateway to a quality Education, second, help our Environment and lastly and Most Importantly they keep OUR children safe!

Kind Regards,

Joshua A. Hinerman

Director of Transportation

Wilson County Schools


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Bus Routing Information

 WHEN LOOKING UP AN ADDRESS PLEASE USE THE OFFICIAL NAME OF THE STREET OR ROAD YOU RESIDE AT AND CORRECT SPELLING OTHERWISE THE SYSTEM MAY GIVE YOU AN ERROR MESSAGE.

 Welcome to Wilson County Schools Bus Routing website.  Our district will be utilizing  "Versa Trans" routing software for the 2013/2014 school year.

The district will provide transportation for students to and from the school they attend except for "Out of Zone Students" and "MAP Academy Students".  The Transportation Dept. advises parents to estimate the distance from the pickup location and have the students at their assigned bus stops 5 to 7 minutes before the bus arrives at the stops. 

Students will be bussed to and from their home address of record and will generally ride the same bus morning and afternoon.

Simply follow the prompts after you enter your street address.  The search can also be narrowed by grade.  Using this program will allow you to see the results of your search including a map that shows your street address and bus stop location in your area. 

Physical address locations from within the mapping software may deviate from that of the United States Postal Service. We are constantly working to modify our data and changes may be made as physical addresses are verified with the United States Postal Service. Information contained on this site is for informational purposes only and does not guarantee the school listed will ultimately be where your child attends school. Please check this database frequently for changes. Our Attendance Office has the final authority to approve physical addresses for particular school zones.

If you should need additional assistance please call our office at 615-443-2622 between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  You may email mcmurrayl@wcschools.com, hallw@wcschools.com, gregoryw@wcschools.com or hinermanj@wcschools.com for help as well.

Thank you and we are looking forward to a great school year!

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