School bus drivers are required to have a CDL license/class B with P,S endorsements
Interested in becoming a Jefferson County School Bus Driver? We would love to hear from you.
To become a Jefferson County school bus driver, submit an online application (see Question 2 on how to submit an application) to the Jefferson County Schools. References are required. Applicants with a current CDL license will have proirity for consideration. Your application will be reviewed by the Transportation Department. If you are considered a good candidate to be a school bus driver, you will be contacted by the Transportation Director for an interview. In addition to obtaining a class B CDL license with P and S endorsements, it is required that you pass a criminal background check, a CDL physical, a TB test, and a pre-employment drug test... all at your expense. We also require a copy of your MVR (Moving Violation Report) from TDOT.
We want the best drivers available to drive our school buses. But being a good driver is just one part of being a school bus driver. We are also looking for people who can interact in a positive and professional manner with students, parents, school staff. and the Transportation staff. These qualities are a top requirement in our selection of good candidates.
Submit online application at http://jc-schools.net
Jefferson County Schools has an online application process and no longer accepts paper applications. It is recommended to use the Chrome or Firefox browser for best resutls.
To submit an online application, go to the Jefferson County TN Schools webpage: www.jc-schools.net Click on the "Departments" link near the top of the page. Select the "Human Resources" department. Then select "Job Postings". In the center of that page, click on "Click here for Jefferson County Schools Career Portal".
You will be prompted to set up a user account. Follow the instructions and enter your application information. Please make sure you complete all fields. We require three references. There is a section on the application for licenses, so if you already have a CDL license, enter the information there. Please make sure that you select "Substitute Bus Driver" as your job interest, as this is the only group of applications that the Transportation Department reviews. Once submitted, your application is complete. If you have any questions or need assistance with the application, please contact Connie Lemons in Human Resources at 865-397-3194.
Majority of our school bus drivers are hired as Substitute Drivers initially. This gives us the opportunity to review driving skills and how the drivers interact with students, parents, school staff, and the Transportation staff. We are very proud of our school bus drivers, and believe that we have the very BEST!
The bus that your child rides is based on your physical address.
If your school does not know which bus your student will ride, please call the School Transportation office at 865-397-2139, press 2 for Julie Baker, Transportation Administrative Assistant,to determine which bus your child will ride.
The information needed will be your physical address, the school your child attends, and if the child is riding in the morning, in the afternoon or both. If Julie is not available to answer the phone, then please leave her a message with the above information plus a phone number where you can reached or a message can be left. She will return your phone call as soon as possible.
Most of the time, only one bus is involved to take your child to school or to home. But in some cases, a transfer to another bus is required. If a transfer is required, we will give you the information on both buses, plus the name of the school where the transfer will take place.
Pick up and delivery times can best be answered by the bus driver.
Please call the School Transportation office at 865-397-2139, press 2 for Julie Baker. If she cannot give you an estimated time of the pickup or delivery time of your child, she will give you the phone number of your bus driver. The bus driver will advise you of the pickup and drop off times and locations.
If Julie is not available to answer the phone, please leave her a brief message including your physical address, school that your child attends, and a phone number where you can be reached or a message can be left. She will return your call as soon as possible.
Only with the permission of the Director of Schools
School Board Policy 6.205
Students will attend the school in the school zone to which they are assigned by virtue of the residence of their legal and/or custodial parent(s) unless approved by the Director of Schools. Residence is defined as the location of property where the student lives in a dwelling with the parent on a daily basis, eating meals, sleeping, playing and performing what are considered routine family activities. The Director of Schools may approve students to attend school out-of-zone and shall establish specific procedures for such enrollment.
School Board Policy 3.401
If a parent is given perimission from the Director of Schools for their student to attend a school out of their school zone, the parent must provide transportation to and from that school.
Schools are determined by where the student resides.
The Jefferson County School Transportation Department has a zoning chart which outlines each school zone. Based on the student's address, we can advise you of the schools in your zone.
To find out what schools your child will attend, please call 865-397-2139, press 2 for Julie Baker. She will require your physical address and the grade level of your child. If she is not available to answer the phone, please leave a message with your complete address , child's grade, and a phone number where you can be reached or a message can be left.
Check local tv and radio stations for updates on school closings
School closings due to weather, early dismissal of schools or delayed openings of schools are all reported to the local TV stations (WBIR, WATE, WBIR), to local radio stations (WJFC. WIVK) and several other media. The Director of Schools makes the final decisions. These decisions are also distributed by the OneCall system to school personnel who then forward them to their contacts.
If closing is due to weather, the Director's decision is based on reports from the Transportation Department and the National Weather Bureau. The Transportation Department supervisor and staff keep up to date on weather reports and also ride the county roads. They also receive feedback from the county emergency dispatch on road conditions.