Weather Related Cancelations or Delays
The decision to cancel or delay RTSI pupil transportation training activities will be made in concert with the training site host district decision to cancel or delay its program operation. It is the participating driver’s responsibility to check, via the appropriate public media sources, for formal announcements concerning the canceling or delaying of the host district’s school operation.
When the host district resumes operation, RTSI will also resume its training activities as long as the resumption is within RTSI’s original training program schedule. Persons missing instructional time due to weather related cancelation by the training site host district would be re-scheduled by RTSI with no penalty to the participant or cost to the employing school district or organization.
Requirements for Becoming and Remaining
a School Bus Driver
Recommended Hiring Process
1. INTERVIEW DRIVER
Be sure to give the applicant all the facts concerning physical requirements, CDL knowledge test and CDL skills test requirements. THE DISTRICT MUST DO A DRIVER RECORD AND A CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK OF THE APPLICANT BEFORE HIRING.
2. DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING
All school districts participate in drug and alcohol testing for staff with a Commerical Drivers License (CDL). Testing includes pre-employment, random, post accident, reasonable suspicion, return to duty drug and/or alcohol testing. A drug test only ( pre-employment tests) must be completed before the employee provides a safety-sensitive service to the district. Applicants that have a CDL must sign the DOT Previous Employer testing information release 49CFR part 40.25 before performing safety-sensitive duties.
3. PROVIDE APPLICANT WITH CDL MANUAL AND STUDY MATERIALS
The school should develop a CDL pre-test the applicant should take and pass before proceeding.
4. SEND APPLICANT TO SECRETARY OF STATE FOR TIP/TOP
The applicant takes a vehicle class type and endorsement written tests and will be given a TIP/TOP. Drivers must have a chauffeur and CDL (B or C with a PS- possible airbrake) license to drive a school bus. This allows the applicant to drive the appropriate vehicle when accompanied by an appropriately licensed CDL driver. No passengers are allowed on the vehicle (257.1849 Sec 49 (2)).
5. SEND APPLICANT FOR A PHYSICAL
Doctor of the school's choice will follow current D.O.T. physical guidelines, provide a signed Medical Examiner's Certificate card to qualified drivers. The school must retain a copy of the Medical Examiner's Certificate in the driver file. The D.O.T. cards are valid for a maximum of 24 months.
6. DO PREREQUISITE TRAINING
Be sure to complete training including pretrip inspection, basic manueavers, student stops, and behind the wheel training. The skills test is described in Sections 10, 11, 12, and 13 of the Commercial Driver’s License Manual available at the Secretary of State’s office.
7. APPLY FOR A SKILLS TEST
The Secretary of State can provide a list of Third Party Examiners. Kalamazoo RESA offers Third Party Examiner services. Please see Third Party Testing information listed under Contents at www.kresa.org/transportation
8. TAKE THE CDL SKILLS TEST
The appointment will take about two-three hours to complete. You must send another driver with the appropriate CDL endorsements to accompany your applicant. The applicant is not licensed to drive the vehicle alone until the Secretary of State has applied the endorsements onto the license.
9. GET CDL ENDORSEMENT ACTIVATED
Retain a copy of the Drivers Skills Test Certificate for the driver’s file. Take the Drivers Skills Test Certificate to the Secretary of State office to activate the new endorsements.
10. ENROLL PERSON IN NEW BUS DRIVER TRAINING CLASS
Discuss with the driver the available class dates to avoid a scheduling conflict. When enrolling the driver, you can request a course enrollment card (CEC) and submit a Prerequisite Training Certificate. The driver must have the appropriate endorsements on their license (257.1849 Sec 49 (2)), a negative pre employment drug screen, meet the standards described above, and posess a CEC before they can transport students. The CEC is not transferable and will expire 10 days after the last date of the scheduled class, or within 90 days of enrollment (whichever occurs first).
11. RECEIVE COURSE COMPLETION CARD
Upon successful completion of the Beginning School Bus Driver training program, the district will receive the driver’s Certificate of Course Completion card. This card will expire on the first available 9/30 of the odd numbered year. A Continuing Education class must be taken prior to the expiration date to keep the driver’s certification valid.
12. CONTINUING EDUCATION
Each driver must complete 6 hours of additional training prior to their card expiring on 9/30 of the odd numbered year. This training must meet the state approved curriculum and be taught by an approved education agency. Drivers that fail to attend the training and allow their certification to expire can not transport students until they complete the Beginning School Bus Driver Program to become certified. A driver may substitute the Eaton Proving Grounds program as a Continuing Education credit, once in their career.
Last Modified on October 16, 2012