• Bus Routes & School Zones

    The Transportation Department is responsible for daily bus operations, dispatching buses, fleet maintenance, safety, and driver training. Williamson County Schools currently has the eighth largest transportation fleet in the state of Tennessee. These units drive approximately 16,500 miles each day or over 2.9 million miles yearly just taking students to and from school. These miles do not include athletic trips, mid-day special education programs, field trips, or special summer programs. Williamson County Schools recognizes that the transportation of students is an essential part of our public education system, which requires the cooperation, and devoted efforts of many individuals. It is the goal of Williamson County Schools to provide eligible students the safest and most efficient transportation service in the country.

    Transportation for students requiring special services is available for eligible students. Special services is determined at the student’s IEP meeting when the student cannot use regular bus service due to physical, health or behavioral needs. Services are requested through teachers, school administration, and the Student Support Services department. Upon written approval from SSS, the transportation department will assign the student to a bus. It is the goal to have bus assignment arranged approximately five (5) school days after the receipt of approved request by the SSS. Parents/guardians will be notified by the bus driver of the approximate pickup and drop off times.

  • Bus App: Stopfinder

    Williamson County Schools uses the bus app, Stopfinder. The app allows parents to have the most accurate information about your student’s bus schedule. Parents can easily view the stop location on the map, add another parent or caregiver to the account, and receive push notifications. Stopfinder will also allow communication directly with the WCS Transportation Department.

    Families will receive an email invitation from Stopfinder to the email address currently on file with the district. Parents must first activate the subscription prior to downloading the free app. Refer to the Stopfinder Parent Guide to establish alert zones to know when the bus is close to your bus stop.

  • School Zones

    The Williamson County School Board establishes school zones for the district. School zones may change when a building becomes over its student capacity or when the district opens new schools. Due to rapid growth in Williamson County, we can only guarantee school zones for one year. Please note that you must reside in Williamson County to attend Williamson County Schools.

    Information about your zoned school is available through Infofinder. To view the details about your address, enter your street address with the street type abbreviated. For example: enter Rd. for Road or St. for Street and leave the zip code field blank. Select search to view the zoned school and bus stop information.

    To request your student(s) to attend a school they are not zoned for, please complete our Out of Zone online application for consideration and processing. Follow the instructions listed to create an account and complete the application request. All correspondence regarding the request status will occur through email once you register and submit the information. For all requests except those related to residential moves and programs of study, the deadline to apply is April 15, 2022. Denied requests may be appealed to the Zoning Appeals Committee. Contact the Planning & Zoning Department for more information at 615-472-4000.

      Resources

      • Riding the Bus

        All bus routes are scheduled for no longer than approximately 60 minutes from the first student pick-up to arrival at school. Buses typically arrive 15 to 30 minutes prior to the school start time to ensure students are in the classroom ready for the instructional day to begin. Please arrive at the stop 5 minutes early. Pick-up and drop-off times are approximate and can vary due to factors outside our bus drivers’ control, such as traffic and weather. Bus stop times are subject to change due to growth throughout the school year.

      • Transportation Phone Number:  615-472-4950

        Jeff Fuller, Transportation Director

      • Bus Rider Rules

      • Open Zoned Schools Lottery Process

      Quick Links

      Out of Zone FAQ

      • Why do we have an open zoned school lottery this year?

      • How do I apply for an open zoned school?

      • What is the deadline to apply for an open zoned school?

      • When will I know if my student is assigned a seat in the open zoned school lottery?

      • How does the lottery work?

      • How am I notified if my student received an open zoned spot or is on the waiting list?

      • How long is the waiting list effective?

      • What if my student is going out of zone for a reason other than open zone schools?

      • What is the deadline to apply for an out of zone school?

      • If my student was approved out of zone last year and is not changing buildings, do I need to reapply this year?

      • If my student is attending an out of zone school and is changing buildings next year, (5th grade to 6th grade or 8th grade to 9th grade) do I need an out of zone request or is the student automatically moved to the next school in the feeder pattern?

      • My student is interested in a program of study offered at an out of zone high school. What do I need to do?

      • What if my student is interested in the International Baccalaureate Program of Study at Franklin High School?

      • What’s next if my student is approved for a program of study at an out of zone school?

      • What if my house does not close or the lease agreement does not begin until after the start of school, but I don’t want my child to have to change schools when we move?




      Transportation FAQ

      • What if my child does not have a bus stop; how do I get one and how long will it take?

      • If I need a different bus stop for my child, i.e. daycare, grandma, or friend’s home, what do I do?

      • We have moved and I need to change my child’s address for bus stop and information, how do I do this?

      • My child’s bus has not shown up and/or is consistently late; whom can I call?

      • Are parents and/or authorized persons required to accompany a student to a bus stop?

      • The bus did not show up on time for my child. How long should he or she wait at the stop?

      • My child left a belonging (coat, glasses, cell phone, retainer, books) on the bus. How does the student get it back?

      • Do state regulations for school buses supersede federal requirements?

      • Why are buses late sometimes?

      • Why are spare replacement buses needed?