To operate a school bus that transports regular education students and students with disabilities and other authorized personnel to and from schools or designated locations and responsible for safe and orderly transportation of students with disabilities on assigned route.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
- Drive a school bus safely and professionally.
- May drive bus to and from extracurricular activities.
- Follow assigned route and adhere to established schedules.
- Check bus for mechanical defects before and after each operation and notify supervisor of needed repairs.
- Report all accidents, vehicle damage, student injuries, mechanical failure, and complete required reports.
- Keep records on bus mileage, and number of passengers transported.
- Keep assigned bus clean and fueled.
- Help students with disabilities get on and off bus according to their individual needs.
- Learn and adapt to each student's special medical, physical, communicative, and emotional needs.
- Supervise students as they board and leave bus and cross street.
- Communicate with teachers and parents on a daily basis regarding student bus behavior.
- Maintain discipline and report student discipline problems to appropriate administrator.
- Instruct students on safe riding rules and regulations.
- Inspect bus by checking fuel, tires, lights, brakes, and steering to ensure bus can be operated safely before driving.
- Observe all traffic laws and safety regulations for school buses.
- Ensure proper condition of emergency equipment, such as first aid kit, fire extinguisher, flags, fuses, crow bar, and reflectors.
- Report any hazardous conditions along scheduled routes.
- Operate two-way radio equipment to communicate with transportation office.
- In emergency situations, applicant must be able to move or lift injured students (180 pounds) to evacuate bus.
- Supervise students while transporting them.
- Provide guidance to on board monitor (bus aide) when they are present.
- Work irregular hours as needed.
- Attend and complete required training program to maintain certification status.
- Demonstrates regular and prompt attendance.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
GENERAL QUALIFICATION GUIDELINES
- Graduation from an accredited high school or GED.
- Valid Texas Class “B” Commercial Driver's License with Passenger & School Bus endorsements.
- Driving record must meet State point requirements and district standard for driving district vehicles.
- Must pass physical, including drug test.
- Experience as a school bus driver.
- Must be 21 years of age.
- Knowledge of student discipline procedure.
- Ability to follow written and verbal instructions; communicate effectively; and manage student behavior.
- Ability to understand, remember and apply oral and/or written instructions of other information.
- May be required to physically assist students into bus.
- Ability to regularly pick up 40 pounds.
- Able to clean windshields, adjust mirrors, open/close windows
- Able to move or lift injured students (up to 180 pounds) to evacuate bus.
- Ability to carry or drag a 125-pound person 30 feet in 30 seconds in the case of an emergency
- Work in hot, dry, and dusty conditions as well as possibly cold, wet, and damp areas.
- Work near or with moving mechanical equipment.
- Occasionally work with toxic or caustic chemicals such as petroleum products, degreasers, and sprays and non-household dust.
- Will be exposed to intermittent sounds of a loud nature.
- May drive vehicle in inclement weather.
- May drive in heavy traffic or on unfamiliar roads and in situations requiring precise maneuvering.
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