The Cocke County School System provides bus transportation for each school in the district. The school district owns the buses and drivers are employees of Cocke County Schools.
Our goal is to provide well-maintained buses driven by trained drivers to transport our students to and from school each day of the school year. The safety of students and their conduct while on our buses are paramount as an extension of the school day. We value the lives of our students and take seriously our role in transporting them in an orderly and safe fashion.
Bus safety and conduct are covered under Cocke County Board of Education policy. It can be found under the Student tab on the Cocke County Board of Education Policy Manual, item number 6.308 in the Directory.
Complaints related to bus services are directed to the Supervisor of Transportation. Complaints may be handled in person, by via phone, e-mail, or mail. Written complaints shall be submitted on forms located on this website. For more information related to bus service complaints, refer to item number 3.400 under the Support Service tab of the Cocke County Board of Education Policy Manual.
We provide transportation services to 3,500 students daily.
Our buses drive approximately 32,300 miles each month during the school year.
We have 40 regular size buses and 6 special needs buses running routes daily.
There are 57 dedicated members of the Cocke County Schools Transportation Team entrusted with the safe transportation of our students.
The Transportation Department has established routes with approximate pick up and drop off times. You can contact the Transportation Office at (423) 623-2736 to get the times for your specific stop along the route.
Delays result in bus schedule changes. The pick-up time is normally adjusted by the amount of time the beginning of the school day is delayed. A two-hour delay will mean a two-hour delay in the normal pick-up time. Please be alert for any announced changes for your specific route.
Please contact the Transportation Department at (423) 623-2736 with complaints or compliments of our bus drivers.
In the event that your child does not exit the school bus at their normal stop, contact Chris Norton, Director of Transportation at (423) 623-2757. He is able to communicate immediately with the bus driver to get information.
The safety of people around our school buses is just as important as the children on it. If you see an item thrown out of a school bus window, please contact our office at (423) 623-2736, e-mail us at [email protected], or contact law enforcement.
Yes, if the student has a signed note giving permission of a parent/guardian that is also signed by the school principal.
The bus rider rules are posted on the Cocke County Schools website on the Transportation Department page under the Transportation Info header. The rules are also posted clearly inside each school bus next to the driver, so students can see them as they enter, exit, and are seated on the bus.
If your child leaves an item on the bus as they arrive home, you can contact Chris Norton, Director of Transportation, at (423) 623-2757. He is able to contact bus drivers along their route and might be able to make arrangements for you to meet the bus to get the item. Arrangements can also be made to retrieve the item at the end of the route.
Yes. Obviously, the bus routes will run as schools are dismissed. However, please be aware that there could be a few delays in getting away from campus as compared to how quickly we are able to load students and leave on a school day that is not impacted by weather. Also keep in mind that weather conditions often create larger traffic patterns as all drivers slow down for safety purposes. It is also critical that emergency phones numbers that your child’s school has for you are current. In the event that we have to make an adjustment to the bus route due to the weather, we need phone information in order to contact you about those changes.
If your child suffers an injury while on a school bus or as they exit the bus, please contact the Transportation Department at (423) 623-7821, or contact Chris Norton, Director of Transportation, at (423) 623-2757.