Beginning School Bus Driver Safety Education Program
The school bus driver safety education program has two major components - classroom and range. These components must be completed before a driver receives his/her safety education certification card. The class fee is $125.00 per driver. Complete and submit the registration form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Beginning School Bus Driver Training Schedule
CLOSED 8/9-11/17Kalamazoo RESA 1819 East Milham Portage MI 49002 7 a.m.-1:30 CLOSED 9/14-16/17 Kalamazoo RESA 1819 East Milham Portage MI 49002 7 a.m.-1:30 CLOSED 10/5-7/17 Van Buren ISD 490 1/2 S. Paw Paw Lawrence MI 49064 7 a.m.-1:30 CLOSED 12/14-16/17 Kalamazoo RESA 1819 East Milham Portage MI 49002 7 a.m.-1:30 CLOSED1/11-13/18 Kalamazoo RESA 1819 East Milham Portage MI 49002 7 a.m.-1:30 CLOSED 2/15-17/18 Kalamazoo RESA 1819 East Milham Portage MI 49002 7 a.m.-1:30 Available 3/8-10/18 Berrien RESA 711 St. Joseph Berrien Springs MI 49103 7 a.m.-1:30 Available 4/26-28/18 Kalamazoo RESA 1819 East Milham Portage MI 49002 7 a.m.-1:30 6/6-8/18 Van Buren ISD 490 1/2 S. Paw Paw Lawrence MI 49064 7 a.m.-1:30
If the location is closed due to weather conditions, the class will continue as scheduled. Please adjust your driving time to accommodate the weather conditions.
Beginning School Bus Driver Curriculum
Go to the MDE web site and scroll down the page to the "Curriculum" heading.
ClassroomNine Instructional units are covered during the classroom phase:
Driver Role and Responsibility
Loading and Unloading Passengers
Field Trips Traffic Control Devices
Collision and Emergency Procedures
The range portion is a "hands on" training experience for bus drivers. Drivers will perform the following performance tasks:
1. Use a fire extinguisher
2. Light a fuse
3. Evacuate a school bus
Training Program RegistrationA registration form must be completed for each driver attending a training program. (A fillable PDF registration form is available on the top left hand side of this page, look for "HERE".) A registration form must be received by RTSI no later than three working days prior to the requested training program. To assist in re-scheduling if your first priority training date is filled, please indicate the top two priority training dates on the registration form. Make copies of the registration form so you can use it for several drivers if needed during the training program schedule period. If a driver will not be attending the training program for which s/he is registered, a notice of cancellation must be given, in writing or by phone, at least three working days prior to the training session or the school will be billed a $75 no-show charge for that driver. Supervisors will be notified by email if a driver does not attend all or part of the training program.
A training program may be cancelled if fewer than five people are registered for that session. Districts with drivers registered for such a session will be notified three working days prior to the cancelled session, and drivers will be re-scheduled for their second priority training session. Program materials are distributed upon arrival to the class. These materials were developed under a grant awarded by the Michigan Department of Education.