School bus drivers transport children from home to school (and on occasion, from school to athletic events and field trips). These individuals generally need to have a chauffeur’s license, which are typically issued after passing driving and written tests with larger vehicles in the relevant class Additionally, prospective school bus drivers must have a clean driving record and be able to pass a criminal background check and drug screenings.
This is generally part-time work that requires the ability to work mornings and afternoons. School bus drivers are hired both directly by schools and districts, or by contractors that supply the buses and service to districts. Whichever entity hires a bus driver, they typically offer further training to new hires that includes detailed procedures for handling discipline and monitoring behavior on the bus to ensure maximum safety for all student passengers. The school bus driver is typically assigned a regular route and is expected to maintain a schedule for arrivals at each stop. In some cases, this may involve keeping a log or ledger of times and stops to be available for inspection by superiors.
Some school bus drivers may be required to join a union upon hiring; in this case, they should expect some initial deduction from wages for union dues. Bus drivers must be ready to work very early in the morning and be able to make quick decisions about weather and traffic situations as needed.
Bus Driver, School Tasks
- Immediately report in writing any traffic violation.
- Operate vehicle safely and carefully and follow all written and oral directions given by the administration.
- Keep interior of the bus clean at all times.
- Maintain scheduled routes according to designated routes and times.
- Conduct emergency evacuation drills in keeping with school policies.