Job Title: Bus Driver Contract Length: 176 days FLSA Status: Non-Exempt Job Summary Position is responsible for operating a school bus and transporting school-aged children and other authorized personnel safely and efficiently over specified routes to and from schools and various activities. Position conducts pre-trip inspections; observes safety regulations and policies; enforces student discipline on the bus; and performs related work. Essential Duties Checks with the dispatcher or area transportations supervisor for any changes in normal duties or new student passengers. Ensures that the bus can be operated safely before driving and conducts pre-trip safety inspections as required by federal and state laws to include observing visual defects and checking operating systems to include brakes, horn, lights, emergency flashers, extended stop arms, and door-opening devices. Operate the vehicle safely over an assigned route, picking up and delivering only authorized students at assigned bus stops, and watches to ensure that no one hurrying for the bus is left behind. Keeps assigned time schedules, which may require driving during pre-day light and dusk periods, and makes every effort to be on time while ensuring safety. Obeys all traffic laws and transportation practices as outlined in the CDL manual, Bus Driver Handbook, School Board Policy and local ordinances. Observes all mandatory safety regulations for school buses and keeps all emergency exits clear of obstructions. Secures wheelchairs, car seats, and other restraining devices on the bus as needed. Maintains student discipline on the bus and enforces rules governing student conduct. Reports undisciplined students to the proper authority and compiles written reports as requested in accordance with the bus driver handbook and the Student’s Rights and Responsibilities Handbook. Conducts semi-annual bus evacuation drills as required by the Department of Education and implements evacuations as required in an emergency to include safely exiting from the rear of the school bus. Reports all accidents immediately, requesting police or ambulance service as needed; assists injured persons until services arrive; and completes required accident reports. Notifies the proper authority in cases of mechanical failure, safety deficiencies, when off schedule, or other incidents. Regulates heating, cooling, and ventilating equipment provided on the bus for the comfort of passengers. Drives students and teachers on field trips, extracurricular activities, and other special events, often in evenings and at night, as assigned. Exercises responsible leadership and appropriate behavior when on out-of-division school trips. Returns the bus to the assigned bus lot, performs a final inspection, and secures the bus according to procedures. Participates in all required training. Submits to drug testing when required. Maintains a commercial driver’s license as required by the State Department of Transportation. Models nondiscriminatory practices in all activities. Other Duties Keeps the assigned bus clean Maintains an assigned seating chart. Reports all safety violations to include co-workers/personnel suspected of drinking alcohol or under the influence of drugs (to include over-the-counter drugs) while working. Performs any other related duties as assigned by the Area Transportation Supervisor or other appropriate administrator. Job Specifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities, who are otherwise qualified, to perform the essential functions. Working Conditions & Physical Requirements Duties are performed on a school bus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to loud noise levels; fumes or airborne particles; noxious odors; vibrations from driving a bus; and traffic. The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and outside weather conditions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use foot controls to drive; reach with hands and arms; climb; bend, stoop, and kneel; and talk or hear. The employee must be physically able to perform and demonstrate emergency evacuation procedures. This includes the pushing/pulling of up to 50 pounds. In addition have the ability to use emergency exits at any location on the bus. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, night/dusk vision, color vision, and peripheral vision. Work Environment The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Duties may be occasionally performed on field trips away from school. The noise level in the work environment is loud.
Clearance Criminal Justice Background check, Fingerprinting, TB Assessment Supervision Exercised: None Supervision Received: Area Transportation Supervisor This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee. The applicant will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other related duties as assigned by the Principal or appropriate administrator. Accomack County Public Schools reserves the right to update, revise, or change this job description and related duties at any time.