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Title: School Bus Driver Training

School Bus Driver Training
  • Unit A
  • The School Bus Driver
  • Role, Responsibilities, and Requirements

  • At the end of this session school bus operators
    will be able to
  • Describe their role and responsibilities
  • Recognize that their appearance and behavior
    affect community attitudes
  • Demonstrate positive and supportive attitudes and
  • Know their responsibilities to their supervisor,
    fellow employees, and the school district
  • Understand the process for becoming a school bus
    operator in Pennsylvania

  • Competent school bus drivers are essential!
  • School bus drivers have specific
  • Roles
  • Responsibilities
  • Becoming a school bus driver has certain
  • Requirements

Roles, Responsibilities, Requirements
  • Role as a driver
  • Responsibilities as a driver
  • What do I need to do to become a School Bus
    driver in PA?

Role as a Driver
  • Attitude
  • You are important
  • You are responsible
  • You are a member of the Safety Team

  • Stay positive
  • Recognize your moods
  • Be prepared to make allowances for the poor
    attitudes of others
  • Always be mentally alert

You are Important
  • Professional
  • Part of the educational system
  • Representative of the school system
  • Influence

You are Responsible
  • Safely transport students
  • You control your driving
  • You control your attitude

You are a Member of the Safety Team
  • Safety starts with you
  • You are transporting students in buses on public
  • You are a key member of the safety team that
    works with the students each day

Responsibilities as a Driver
  • High standard of conduct
  • Driving technique
  • Passengers
  • Public relations
  • Appropriate dress
  • Supervisor and fellow employees
  • Relationship to Transportation Director

High Standard of Conduct
  • Standard of conduct is high
  • Your conduct cannot be open to criticism
  • You are a role model to students
  • You are a representative of the school district

Driving Technique
  • Driver attitude
  • Knowledge
  • Skill

  • The conduct of passengers depends upon the driver
  • Express an interest in your student passengers
  • Show that rules are about safety
  • Be fair
  • Communication is businesslike, yet friendly

Public Relations
  • You influence public opinion about the school
  • You represent the school district to parents
  • Consider all enforcement officers as part of the
    safety team
  • Show pride in your work
  • Respect co-workers

Appropriate Dress
  • The school bus driver should be identified as a
  • Dress to instill respect
  • Wear appropriate shoes for driving

Supervisor and Fellow Employees
  • Your supervisor is a member of your safety team
  • Cooperation is essential to transportation safety
  • Communicate
  • Report
  • Comply
  • Assist

Transportation Director
  • Your advisor
  • Your partner
  • Their typical responsibilities include
  • Assigning drivers to buses
  • Establishing bus routes, stops, and turnarounds
  • Assigning passengers to buses
  • Ensuring buses are safe to operate
  • Appointing monitors/aids as needed
  • Understand your working relationship and
    cultivate it!

What Do I Need to Do to Become a School Bus
Driver in PA?
  • First Step - Initial requirements
  • Second Step - Knowledge Test Authorization and
    School Bus Learners Permit
  • Third Step Training and skills testing
  • Health and safety requirements
  • Driver recertification

First Step Initial Requirements
  • Apply for a Commercial Drivers License (CDL)
    Knowledge Test Authorization/Learners Permit

Second Step Knowledge Test Authorization and
Learners Permit
  • If your documents are in order, and
  • You have no license suspensions, then
  • You are issued
  • a CDL knowledge test authorization, and
  • school bus learners permit.

Third Step Training and Skills Testing
  • The School Bus Driver Training Course
  • Skills examination Three parts
  • Safety inspection
  • Basic skill test
  • On-road driving test

The School Bus Driver Training Course
  • 20 hours of instruction
  • 14 hours of classroom instruction
  • 6 hours of in-bus training
  • In-bus training must be one-on-one with a
    certified instructor

The School Bus Driver Training Course
  • There are two ways to complete the training
  • Complete the full 20 hours of instruction, then
    attempt to pass the skills examination
  • Complete 10 hours of instruction (7 classroom, 3
    in-bus) and attempt to pass the skills
  • If successful, complete the remaining 10 hours of
    instruction within 120 days
  • A Certificate of Completion Card will then be
    issued, keep it! You will need it for your skills

The School Bus Driver Training Course
  • Documentation for skills test
  • Valid drivers license
  • Valid PA CDL learners permit
  • Valid Physical Examination Certificate (DL-742)
  • Valid Certificate of Completion Card (DL-713)
  • Current bus registration
  • Proof of financial responsibility for bus
  • Valid drivers license for driver accompanying you

The Skills Examination Will be Administered in
Three Parts
  • First part safety inspection
  • Second part basic skills test
  • Third part on-road driving test

The Skills Examination
  • Three attempts on a valid learners permit
  • One attempt a day
  • Failure of a portion requires retesting for just
    that portion
  • Three failed attempts requires a new learners
    permit and all training requirements

The Skills Examination
  • Successfully completing the skills examination
  • Passing result credited to your driving record
  • If all minimum requirements are met, you will
    receive a CDL with S and P endorsements
  • You will receive a school bus endorsement card
    (valid for approximately one year)
  • If you successfully complete the skills
    examination with only 10 hours of training
  • You have 120 days to complete the remaining 10
    hours of training

Health and Safety Requirements
  • General
  • Drug and alcohol testing for school bus drivers

Health and Safety Requirements General
  • To establish fitness you must
  • Comply with PA Department of Health and local
    regulations for communicable diseases
  • Clean criminal history record
  • Clean child abuse history record
  • Limited traffic violations or crashes recorded
  • Drug-free and Alcohol-free when driving

Drug and Alcohol Testing for School Bus Drivers
  • Required by Federal government
  • Drug testing by urine sample for
  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Opiates
  • Amphetamines
  • Phencyclidine
  • Alcohol testing by breath analysis

Drug and Alcohol Testing for School Bus Drivers
  • Federal government requires
  • Pre-employment testing
  • Random testing
  • Post-crash testing
  • Reasonable suspicion testing
  • Local policy dictates
  • Return-to-duty testing
  • Follow-up testing
  • State law requires testing after ALL Reportable
    crashes involving a school bus.

Driver Recertification
  • Recertification Process in General
  • Annual physical examination
  • Change of information on license

Driver Recertification General
  • PA law requires recertification every 4 years
  • 10 hours of instruction
  • 7 hours classroom instruction
  • 3 hours in-bus instruction
  • S endorsement skills and knowledge exam
  • To be completed no more than 12 months prior to
    expiration date of school bus endorsement card

Annual Physical Examination
  • Annual requirement
  • Examination by a health care provider
  • School bus endorsement card will not be renewed
    without physical exam

Change of Information on License
  • New camera card or photo license issued when
  • Adding or deleting an endorsement
  • Removing a restriction
  • Upgrading class of license
  • When changing name or address on CDL or school
    bus endorsement card, submit form DL-80CD with
    appropriate fee

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