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4 hour contract position.
|Job Title||Bus Driver|
|Contract Length||Hourly or Contact|
|Last Review Date||July 2020|
The school bus driver operates various styles of school buses to safely transport students to and from school, field trips, and extended trips (out of town/overnight). The driver is responsible for safely operating the school bus at all times under all driving conditions. The driver is also responsible for the cleanliness and mechanical soundness of the bus and monitoring student behavior. Attendance, physical presence, and timeliness are required and are essential functions of this position.
- Operate various brands, sizes, and types of school buses (up to 15 tons GVW or up to 40 ft long)
- Deliver students to and from school in a safe manner
- Monitor and model appropriate behavior and intervene when necessary
- Perform a state-required pre- and post-trip safety inspection of the bus including an under-the-bus inspection and adding necessary fluids
- Complete all state and district-required forms and paperwork
- Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills
- Make minor repairs in route
- Attend all training required by state and district
- Effectively clean bus
- Conduct regularly scheduled safety and bus evacuation drills
- Maintain detailed route sheets
- Operate wheelchair lift and properly secure students to their seats when necessary
- Perform first aid/CPR
- Supervise and train adult attendants on the bus
- Enforce school bus safety rules and policies
- Other duties as assigned*
Required Education and Qualifications
- High school diploma or equivalent
- Attain CDL with passenger and school bus endorsements
- Possess a safe driving record as demonstrated by their MVR report
- Complete new driver training course within ninety days of hire
- Complete state requirements for Learner’s Permit
- Complete behind-the-wheel training
- Pass driving assessment
- Pass the State-required Department of Transportation (DOT) drug screening and physical
To be eligible to continue employment as a school bus driver, the school bus driver must:
- Renew CDL every five years
- Complete the State-required certification program (including required classes and other learning requirements)
- Pass annual State-required physical assessment
- Participate in all random DOT drug screenings
- Maintain a safe driving record
- Complete an eight-hour in-service training each year of employment (including the first year)
Required Knowledge and Skills
- Be familiar with the mechanical operation of the bus and be able to make minor repairs
- Be able to recognize mechanical problems and report them to bus technicians
- Possess knowledge of laws and policies (state, interstate, and district)
- Possess effective communication skills for interactions with students, parents, fellow bus drivers, and supervisory staff
- Possess student behavior management skills
- Possess skills in first aid, fuel economy, and defensive driving
- Know special education policies and laws and be able to appropriately interact with special education students
- Properly communicated on a two-way radio
- Modify routes to meet student needs and communicate changes to supervisory staff
- Use appropriate and approved student management and discipline strategies (driver may NEVER suspend student riding privileges)
- Decide appropriate action with regards to first aid for minor injuries on bus (always notify parents of injury)
Positive interactions with students, parents, staff, teachers, administration and other outside agencies.
Supervision of student safety.
- Constantly pay attention to students during loading, unloading, and transit.
- Intervene with student behavior when necessary (gang issues, weapons, fighting, etc.).
- Be able to safely operate a bus in a safe manner in adverse weather conditions.
- Work split shifts.
- Work with medically fragile students including operating a wheelchair lift.
- Be tolerant of extreme weather circumstances (heat and cold).
- Canyon, rural, and city driving can be expected during any regular driving day.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to speak and/or hear. Frequently required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, and crouch. Occasionally required to use hands to handle or feel and must occasionally climb or balance.
- Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.
- Must be able to sit for long periods of time.
- Must be able to move and lift under 100 lbs.