Substitute Bus Driver

Job | Posted a year ago


Position:                     Substitute Bus Driver
Reports To:                Transportation Supervisor
                                    Superintendent of Schools/Designee
Overall Duties:          
Responsible for operating a school bus to transport students to and from their home and school as well as related activities according to Chillicothe City School District, state, and federal guidelines.  Under general supervision, this position reports to the Transportation Supervisor as assigned.
  • Any combination of training and experience equivalent to the 12th grade and three years of experience as a licensed motor vehicle operator. 
  • Must know the rules, regulations, procedures and laws as they relate to the operation of a passenger vehicle. 
  • Must be able to meet or exceed the annual state required physical examination. 
  • Must be able to pass drug and alcohol testing as required by law.  Must possess a good driving record:  NO MOVING TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS WITHIN THE PAST YEAR AND NOT MORE THAN ONE MOVING TRAFFIC VIOLATION WITHIN THE PAST TWO YEARS.
Must maintain a good driving and criminal background that reflects a professional driver and which meets all contractual, local, state, and federal requirements.  Must possess a valid State of Ohio Commercial Driver’s License with School Bus Driver’s Endorsement.  Must be at least 21 years of age or older.
  • Demonstrates skill in oral and written communication
  • Willingness to work
  • Demonstrates good organizational skills
  • Demonstrates good decision-making skills
  • Demonstrates good listening skills
  • Satisfactory work record
  • High mental and visual effort required
Typical Tasks (Illustrative only):
The following is a list of specific duties which are considered to be essential functions of this job.  The list is not exhaustive, nor will all of the duties specified be required at all times.  This is consistent with our need to be flexible and responsive to the needs of pupils served by the District.  The employee who occupies this position is expected to assume any/all duties assigned by the Superintendent or the employee’s immediate supervisor, irrespective of whether such duties are specifically included in t his list.  While an effort has been made to thoroughly describe the customary manner in which this job is performed, reasonable accommodation will be made for qualified individuals with disabilities who may not be able to perform the job in the manner indicated.  All instructional activities will conducted under the general supervision of the teacher assigned to the instructional activity.
  1. Drives a school bus on an assigned route in order to pick up and discharge students.
  2. Performs daily pre-trip inspection.
  3. Checks and fills the bus with oil, fuel, coolant, and other fluids to proper levels.
  4. Inspects the bus to ensure that all necessary safety equipment (i.e., flares, fire extinguisher and first aid kit) is present.
  5. Maintains student discipline by verbal directions and reminders according to district guidelines.
  6. Communicates with students, parents, staff, and administrators.
  7. Demonstrates an interest in and empathy for children.
  8. Reports bus malfunctions or suspected bus malfunctions to mechanic or Transportation Supervisor.
  9. Operates warning lights for student pick-up and discharge, and operates hazard lights at railroad crossings.
  10. Operates a two-way radio properly.
  11. Reads and follows instructions from written materials:  maps, route sheets, pre-trip instructions, field trips, etc.
  12. Completes required forms.
  13. Climbs in and out of the school bus emergency door to evacuate the bus in an emergency.
  14. Performs emergency first aid.
  15. Attends inservice and training programs.
  16. Performs other duties as assigned.
Desirable Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:
  • Thorough knowledge of Ohio Bus Transportation Laws.
  • Considerable knowledge of the operation of basic bus mechanical equipment.
  • Considerable knowledge of Ohio Motor Vehicle Laws.
  • General knowledge of defensive driving.
  • Some knowledge of child behavior.
  • Skill in the operation of a passenger school bus.
  • Ability to care for challenged students with diverse and special transportation needs.
  • Ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions.
  • Ability to read and write.
  • Ability to communicate well with people.
  • Ability to be calm under stress.
  • Ability to control temper and maintain poise.
This job description in no manner states or implies these are the only duties and responsibilities to be performed by the position incumbent.  The incumbent will be required to follow instructions and perform duties required by the incumbent’s supervisor, appointing authority, or designee.

Posted By

Chillicothe City School District

425 Yoctangee Pkwy , Chillicothe, OH 45601

At the following locations

District Office

425 Yoctangee Parkway , Chillicothe, OH 45601

Compare with State

Amount per Student


State Average: $13,686

% ELL Students


State Average: 3%

Student Teacher Ratio


State Average: 16.87

% IEP Students


State Average: 15%



State Average: 294