School Schedule & Traffic Rules

Please contact the school for information about School Schedule and Traffic Rules during the Covid-19 Pandemic Procedures period. The following information is our school's normal operational procedures and information concerning schedule, buses and traffic and will be followed after our schools are back to normal operation once the pandemic restrictions and procedures are lifted. 
School Schedule
7:00 AM          Gym opens; all arriving students report to the gym. No student should be dropped off on school grounds before 7:00 a.m.
7:30                 Front door is unlocked
7:45                 Bell rings for students to go to their homerooms
8:00                 Classes begin (tardy bell rings)
2:45 PM           Dismissal for car riders; Walkers; Boys and Girls Club students dismissed to walk to the club
2:55                 All Bus Students are dismissed to the gym
3:05                 Buses are loaded


Morning Student Drop Off

  • Be extremely cautious and patient - there are children present!  The parking lot is a cell phone free zone.
  • From 7:00-7:45 students are to be dropped off at the back of the school in the gym where they will wait with the teacher on duty to be dismissed to their classrooms. Students may also be dropped off from 7:00-7:45 at the front entrance and walk from there to the gym to wait for dismissal to their classrooms.  Students are not allowed to roam in the hallways or enter the classrooms before 7:45. No student should be dropped off on school grounds before 7:00 a.m.
  • After 7:45 students may be dropped off at the gym entrance or at the front entrance to the school entering from Green Road or the middle school parking lot. Entrance into the school is allowed only through the gym or the front entrance, NO SIDE ENTRANCES ARE TO BE USED.

  • When dropping off at the front after 7:45, follow the directions of staff members on duty so you can get in and out quickly and safely.

  • Pull as far forward along the curb as possible before stopping your vehicle.

  • Allow room for as many vehicles as possible to pull in behind you along the curb.

  • Say your goodbyes BEFORE your turn to unload as traffic will move more quickly for everyone that way. 

  • After stopping, be certain that it is safe for your child to exit your vehicle on the passenger side only.

  • Parents are to remain inside the vehicle.  Students must be able to get themselves out of the car.

  • Be cautious and drive slowly when driving out of the parking lot and out of the school zone.


Car Pick-Ups (2:45-3:00)

  • · There are two car pick-up areas, the front entrance and the 5th grade door (side parking lot).
  • · Front Entrance: Students in 3rd grade or in Ms. Watson, Ms. Erin Mills, Ms. Russell, or Ms. Williams.
  • · 5th Grade door: Students in 5th grade or in Ms. Atkins, Ms. Givens, or Ms. Hutchison.
  • · To pick up a student from the Front Entrance you must have a car tag displayed with the student’s name and homeroom.
  • · To pick up a student from the 5th Grade door you must park, walk up the sidewalk, and show your car tag to the supervising teachers.
  • · Anyone who does not have a car tag will be asked to park and go to the office to show a valid I.D.
  • · Anyone picking up a student must be on their pick-up list!
  • · If you have students in multiple grades, choose one pick-up area for them and send their teachers a note informing them of which pick-up they will be using.
  • · Late pickups (after 3:00) will be located at the 5th Grade door.
  • · ALL STUDENTS SHOULD BE PICKED UP BY NO LATER THAN 3:30. We understand that there are emergencies and unforeseen circumstances that may occur. Please call our front office (423-442-2454) and let our staff know if you are running behind. There is no afternoon bus duty, so students who have not been picked up by 3:15 will be taken to the front office. (If you are unable to pick your student up by this time you may place them on a bus, or send them to the Boys & Girls Club after-school program. For bus information, contact the Monroe County Schools Transportation Department at 442-8846. For information about the Madisonville Boys and Girls Club, contact 442-1318.


  • Students will wait for parents at the front entrance of the school with a teacher supervisor as vehicles continue to pull forward along the curb.  Students are to walk to their car as soon as they see it pull up along the loading area curb &/or when their name is called by a teacher supervisor.

  • Pick-ups are not allowed at the gym until after all buses have left the school grounds.  Please do not block the bus loading zone from 2:45-3:10.

  • Be extremely cautious and patient - there are children present!  Cell phones are distracting so our parking lot is a cell phone free zone.

  • Follow the directions of staff members on duty. They are there to help keep our students safe and help you to get in and out quickly.

  • Pull as far forward along curb as possible before stopping your vehicle.

  • Allow room for as many vehicles as possible to pull in behind you along the curb.

  • After stopping, be certain it is safe for your child to enter your vehicle on the passenger side only.  Parents are NOT TO EXIT their vehicles.  Backpacks must go inside the passenger area of the car, not in the trunk.  If you need to use your trunk space, then you will be directed to a designated loading area away from the car line.

  • If a student misbehaves in the pick-up line, they will be sent to wait in the office where parents will have to park and go inside to sign their child out.  Please discuss proper behavior with your child.

  • Any car riders who are not picked up immediately after the bell will be waiting at the front entrance where they are required to be signed out only by individuals who are listed on the student's information card.  After 3:30 students who have not been picked up from the front entrance will be sent to the gym and are required to be picked up and signed out there before 4:00 as there will be no personnel on duty to supervise them after that time.

  • Be cautious and drive slowly when driving out of the parking lot and out of the school zone.


School Parking Lot Tips and Suggestions

  • Be courteous and considerate of others.  Stay off your cell phone to avoid distractions - the parking lot is a cell phone free zone.
  • Have a sign on your dashboard with the name of your child and grade level.
  • Follow the “rules of the road”.
  • Allow yourself plenty of extra time to drop off and pick up students.
  • Do NOT stop short. Do pull as far forward as possible so that as many vehicles as possible can pull in behind you along the curb.
  • Do NOT honk your horn. Teach your children to watch for your car, listen for their name, and to be ready to get in.
  • Do NOT leave your vehicle unattended.  Parents must remain inside their car. It is a surefire way to snarl traffic in the parking lot.
  • Do NOT pull into parking spaces to drop off your child. Children are not to walk across/through the parking lot.
  • Please do not pull around other vehicles that are in front of you unless a staff member is there to help direct you around that vehicle. We want to avoid any fender benders that could happen as a result.
  • Children are always to walk on the sidewalks and never need to step into the driveway or parking lot.  Student safety is our first priority.
Monroe County Schools Important Transportation Information

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide students with a quality education that will enable them to be a contributing member in a changing society.


We are dedicated to providing safe and dependable bus transportation for your child. Safety is our highest priority. School bus drivers are required to maintain training standards and procedures for operating the bus safely. Students who ride the buses daily or on occasional field trips are also required to abide by rules of conduct that emphasize safety. These rules and the disciplinary code that supports them are contained in this document.

Bus transportation provided by the Monroe County Board of Education is a privilege, not a right. Time on the bus is considered to be an extension of the school day. Therefore, just as we expect appropriate behavior in the classroom, we expect appropriate behavior on the bus.

Please discuss this information with your child. Your cooperation will help all of us work together to provide the safest environment possible for the students of Monroe County Schools.

Notice: Video and audio recording devices are used on Monroe County buses.

Follow These Bus Rules:
  1. Obey the bus driver; follow the driver's first request.
  2. The bus driver may assign seats.
  3. Do not eat or drink on the bus; keep the bus clean.
  4. Loud, rude, abusive, or profane language is not permitted.
  5. Possession and/or use of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs are prohibited in any form.
  6. Keep hands and head inside the bus.
  7. Remain seated.
  8. Never throw items inside the bus or out the windows.
  9. Keep the bus aisle clear of feet and property.
  10. For everyone's safety, do not distract the driver through misbehavior.
  11. Do not destroy property. Parents will be financially responsible for any act of vandalism. Students will remain suspended from riding the bus until damages are paid.
  12. Do not use emergency exits of bus unless authorized to do so.
Level I Violations:
  1. Failure to obey the driver
  2. Failure to remain seated on the bus
  3. Eating or drinking on the bus
  4. Loud, rude, or abusive behavior
  5. Profane language/obscene gestures
  6. Improper boarding/departing procedures
  7. Any behavior jeopardizing safety

Level II Violations:
  1. Third violation of Level I rules
  2. Tampering with bus equipment
  3. Fighting/pushing/tripping
  4. Destruction of property
  5. Possession and/or use of tobacco in any form
  6. Throwing objects in or out of the bus
  7. Profane language, obscene gestures
  8. Putting head or hands out the window
  9. Bringing articles aboard the bus of injurious or objectionable nature

Level III Violations:
  1. Third violation of Level II rules
  2. Physical assault/verbal threat directed to driver
  3. Possession and/or use of illegal substances
  4. Second violation of possession of tobacco in any form
  5. Possession of a weapon
  6. Use of chemical substances with intent to do harm
  7. Attempting to set fire to hair, clothes, or property

Consequences of Level I Violations May Be:
  1. Written reprimand/notification of parents
  2. Bus riding suspension (3-5 school days)
  3. Out of school suspension
Consequences of Level II Violations May Be:
  1. Bus riding suspension (Minimum of 10 school days)
  2. Bus riding suspension (Minimum of 20 school days for repeat occurrence of Level II Violation)
  3. Out of school suspension
Consequences of Level III Violations May Be:
  1. Bus riding suspension (Minimum 30-Maximum 180 school days)
  2. Out of school suspension
  3. Action by the Board of Education (up to and including expulsion)
  4. Appropriate legal action
Bus drivers will make a written report of violations to the Principal or his/her designee. The Principal (or designee) will investigate and determine appropriate consequences. Only the Principal (or designee) may reduce or suspend a student's bus riding privilege.

Student Responsibilities
  1. Always cross the street in front of the bus. Never go behind the bus.
  2. If crossing a road or street is necessary when boarding or departing the bus, wait for the bus driver's signal before crossing.
  3. Stay 10 feet in front of the bus when crossing.
  4. Never crawl under the bus to pick up papers or other items.
  5. Arrive at the bus stop abut 5 minutes early.
  6. Stay out of the road at bus stops.
  7. Help protect the property where stops are located.
  8. Never get in a car with a stranger.
  9. Report any inappropriate behavior on the bus or near a stop to the driver and Principal.
  10. Stay silent when the bus stops at a railroad crossing.
  11. Obtain and official Bus Pass from the Principal's office if you wish to ride a bus other than the one you normally ride or get off the bus at a different stop.
  12. Be courteous to the driver.
Parent Responsibilities
  1. Review bus rules and conduct expectations with your child.
  2. Instruct child to be 5 minutes early to the bus stop.
  3. Monitor conduct and safety of your child before the bus arrives each morning.
  4. Monitor conduct and safety of your child after the bus departs each afternoon.
  5. If necessary, go over the route your child is to take between home and bus stop.
  6. Encourage appropriate dress for inclement weather.
  7. Provide a note to the Principal's office to obtain an official Bus Pass if you wish your child to ride a different bus or get off at a different stop.
  8. Be courteous to the driver.
Bus Driver Responsibilities
  1. Operate the bus safely.
  2. Arrive at the bus stop no sooner than 5 minutes before or 5 minutes after designated time.
  3. Remind students of safety and conduct expectations.
  4. Be considerate of other vehicles.
  5. Do no allow unauthorized people on the bus.
  6. Report any suspicious activity or individuals near bus stops.
  7. Report any misconduct or safety violations to the Principal (or designee).
  8. Maintain appropriate operation of the bus video camera surveillance system.
  9. Be courteous to students, parents, and school personnel.
School Closings
In the event of inclement weather or other emergencies, we will notify local and regional television and radio stations with information regarding modified school schedules or closings. Every effort will be made to make these announcements in a timely manner.

Please report any concerns involving your child and the school bus to the Principal of your child's school.