• 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 kelly.edra@kresa.org


    Beginning Bus Driver Registration is available by clicking right "HERE"

     
     Beginning School Bus Driver Training Schedule
      NOTE: Dates are subject to change due to COVID-19 Michigan Safety Regulations
    STATUS

    DATES

    LOCATION

      ADDRESS

    TIME

    Closed 8/7-9/2019 Kalamazoo RESA 1819 East Milham Portage MI 49002       
    7 a.m.-1:30
    Closed 9/26-28/2019 Kalamazoo RESA 1819 East Milham Portage MI 49002      
    7 a.m.-1:30
     Closed 10/24-26/2019 Kalamazoo RESA
    1819 East Milham Portage MI 49002       
    7 a.m.-1:30
     Closed 12/5-7/2019 Kalamazoo RESA 1819 East Milham Portage MI 49002       
    7 a.m.-1:30
     Closed
    1/9-11/2020
    Kalamazoo RESA 1819 East Milham Portage MI 49002       
    7 a.m.-1:30
     Closed  2/6-8/2020 Kalamazoo RESA 1819 East Milham Portage MI 49002       
    7 a.m.-1:30
    Closed  3/12-14/2020 Berrien RESA  711 St. Joseph  Berrien Springs MI 49103 7 a.m.-1:30
    Postponed   4/29-5/1/2020 Kalamazoo RESA 1819 East Milham Portage MI 49002       
    7 a.m.-1:30
    Postponed   5/18-20/2020 Kalamazoo RESA 1819 East Milham Portage MI 49002 7 a.m.-1:30
    Canceled  6/3-5/2020 Van Buren ISD 490 1/2 S. Paw Paw Lawrence MI 49064 7 a.m.-1:30
    Rescheduled:  Available**  6/24-26/2020 Kalamazoo RESA 1819 East Milham Portage MI 49002  7 a.m.-1:30
     

    **Safety regulations for COVID-19 will be enforced such as social distancing. Attendees will also be required to wear a mask.**  

    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. 

    *Kalamazoo RESA site- enter using the Upper Parking Lot*


    Beginning School Bus Driver Curriculum
    Go to the MDE web site and scroll down the page to the "Curriculum" heading.
    Classroom

    Nine Instructional units are covered during the classroom phase:

    1.

    Driver Role and Responsibility

    6.

    Loading and Unloading Passengers

    2.

    Vehicle Familiarization

    7.

    Passenger Management

    3.

    Vehicle Inspection

    8.

    Special Education

    4.

    Vehicle Operation

    9.

    Field Trips Traffic Control Devices

    5.

    Collision and Emergency Procedures

       

    Range

    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 Registration

    A 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".)You can download the form- "Save As", you provide a new file name, then Save. Whenever you have an applicant to register find your saved file, complete the applicant information, save. Then email the file to our office. A registration form must be received by RTSI no later than three working days before 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 before 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 canceled if fewer than five people are registered for that session. Districts with drivers registered for such a session will be notified three working days before the canceled 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.