Weather Related Cancellations or Delays
The training programs will be held on their scheduled dates and times unless the location has had structural damage or the State of Michigan is advising driver to stay off the roads. In these events, the Kalamazoo RESA transportation department staff will contact the district transportation supervisor via email or phone to communicate that the class has been canceled. A date will be rescheduled and your district staff will be asked to communicate the information to all enrolled drivers.
Recommended Hiring Process
1. INTERVIEW DRIVER
Be sure to give the applicant all the facts concerning physical requirements, C.D.L. knowledge test and C.D.L. skills test requirements and Beginning Bus Driver class. The district must perform a driver record and criminal record check before hiring the applicant.
2. DRIVER RECORD CHECK
Make sure the driver does not have more than 6 points on his license.
3. PERFORM CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK
Often your Human Resourses Department will provide this service.
4. DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING
All school districts participate in drug and alcohol testing for staff with a Commercial Drivers License (C.D.L.). 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 C.D.L. must sign the DOT Previous Employer testing information release 49CFR part 40.25
before performing safety-sensitive duties.
5. PROVIDE APPLICANT WITH C.D.L. MANUAL AND STUDY MATERIALS
The school should develop a C.D.L. pre-test the applicant should take and pass before proceeding.
6. SEND APPLICANT TO SECRETARY OF STATE FOR COMMERCIAL LICENSE PERMIT
The applicant takes a vehicle class type and endorsement written tests and will be given a TIP/TOP. Drivers must have a chauffeur and C.D.L. (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 C.D.L. driver. No passengers are allowed on the vehicle (257.1849 Sec 49 (2)).
7. DO PREREQUISITE TRAINING
Be sure to complete training including pre-trip inspection, basic skills, 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.
8. SEND APPLICANT FOR A PHYSICAL
Doctor certified to preform D.O.T. physicals will provide a signed Medical Examiner's Certificate form 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. The driver will show their D.O.T. Medical card to the Secretary of State office.
9. 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
10. TAKE THE C.D.L SKILLS TEST
The appointment will take about three hours to complete. You must send another driver with the appropriate C.D.L. 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. The applicant must hold their permit for 14 or more days before testing.
11. GET C.D.L. 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 the day following their skills test to activate the new endorsements.
12. 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 (C.E.C.) which allows the driver to transport students prior to going to the Beginning Bus Driver class. The driver must have the appropriate endorsements on their license (257.1849 Sec 49 (2)), a negative pre-employment drug screen, a current D.O.T. Physical card, meet the standards described above, and posses a C.E.C. before they can transport students. The C.E.C. 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).
13. RECEIVE COURSE COMPLETION CARD
Upon successful completion of the Beginning School Bus Driver training program, the driver will receive the Certificate of Course Completion card and instructed to provide a copy to their district. 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.
14. 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 (257.1851) . A driver may substitute the Eaton Proving Grounds program as a Continuing Education credit, once in their career.