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Become a School Bus Driver

school bus image"A school bus driver gets there when nobody else can; finds houses that don't exist and children with no names. They dry tears, dispel fears and find lost notebooks. School bus drivers have eyes in the back of their heads and are able to hear every word, even in sign language. They are immune to noise. Their biggest apprehension involves five-year-olds with motion sickness especially in the winter time when the windows are all closed and the heater is on. Sometimes a school bus driver gets tired, but they seldom get mad; and always, most faithfully, they get there."  -Anonymous

1) How do I apply for a Driver Job?

2) What are the requirements of a School Bus Driver in Jefferson County?

3) What are the requirements for Bus Assistants in Jeffco?

4) Who is the primary contact for training?

5) Where are training classes held?

6) What "is" a school bus driver?

 

1) How do I apply for a Driver Job?

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Applications for drivers and assistants are taken year around; however interviews and training classes are scheduled on an as-needed basis. Usually, a July class is available for the upcoming school year. You must apply online at www.jeffcopublicschools.org/employment.

2) What are the requirements of a School Bus Driver in Jefferson County?

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The following criteria are used for hiring and training District bus drivers:

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Previous bus or truck driving experience preferred
  • Twenty one years of age
  • Driving Record Check:
    • No controlled substance convictions in previous 5 years
    • Review of reckless or careless convictions for previous 5 years
    • Total accumulation of points cannot equal or exceed 8 for previous 3 years
  • Successful Interview
  • Initial acceptance as a condition of employment
  • 14 point Orientation Checklist
  • Colorado Department of Education background check
  • Pass District/Department of Transportation medical examination
  • Pass required Commercial Driver License written examinations
  • Pass required DOT pre employment controlled substance testing
  • Complete the District training program:
    • Pass the Commercial Driver License driving skills testing
    • Pass the Adverse Weather and Mountain Driving State Written Exams
    • Pass the Colorado Dept. Of Education School Bus Drivers Rules and Regulations Exam
    • Pass a final ride driving assessment
  • Pass the District provided Standard First Aid & CPR training within 90 days
  • Annual recertification:
    • Random controlled substance testing
    • State Written Examination
    • Driving skills assessment
    • Motor Vehicle Record Check
    • Receive 6 hours of State required safety in-service information
  • Biennial recertification:
    • District/DOT medical examination
  • Triennial recertification:
    • First Aid & CPR

For a complete job description visit the Jobs at Jeffco page.

3) What are the requirements for Bus Assistants in Jeffco?

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The following criteria is used for hiring and training District Bus Assistants:

  • High School graduate or equivalent desired
  • Eighteen years of age
  • Previous experience with individuals requiring special needs preferred
  • Successful Interview
  • Initial acceptance as a condition of employment
  • 14 point Orientation Checklist
  • Colorado Department of Education background check
  • Pass District medical examination
  • Complete the District training program:
    • Pass a written exam covering the assistants duties
    • Pass a final ride assessment
  • Pass the District provided Standard First Aid & CPR training within 90 days
  • Annual recertification:
    • Pass the written handbook test
    • Pass a ride assessment
  • Triennial recertification
    • First Aid & CPR

For a complete job description visit the Jobs at Jeffco page.

4) Who is the primary contact for training?

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Val Pelc, training technician, 303-982-2542.

5) Where are training classes held?

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At the Training Center located behind the small brick building on the east side of the stadium parking lot at West 6th Ave and Kipling St. in Lakewood. (Exit Kipling and turn east to get past the stadium.)

6) What "is" a school bus driver?

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School bus drivers are the people who transport our most precious resource, but get paid less than those who haul our country's most toxic waste.

School bus drivers drive in all kinds of weather. School bus drivers are subjected to pre-employment screening that includes fingerprinting, references attesting to moral character, and state and federal government background checks. They go through over 80 hours of training to determine how the driver responds to stress, child psychology, and other variables in the workplace and behind the wheel.

School bus drivers must experience rigid physical examinations and meet federal hearing, vision and agility requirements, to name a few. Blood pressure, pulse, weight, knee jerks, and urinalysis must conform to established standards. They are tested pre-employment for controlled substances, and are subject to random, post accident and reasonable suspicion tests throughout their career.

If physically and mentally qualified, school bus drivers must then be prepared to learn how to drive a vehicle that could be seven to ten times longer than today's compact car, weigh as much as thirteen elephants, and hold the equivalent of three 20-man football squads.

After learning to drive this special vehicle they are trained in advanced first aid, CPR, pupil behavior management, hazard detection and response, transporting children with handicapped conditions, emergency driving techniques, public relations and policies as well as preventive maintenance and vehicle inspections.

School bus drivers must undergo a biennial physical, annual review of their driving records, an annual road test of their driving ability, and a minimum of 6-hours of in-service education annually. They are required to carry a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) which increases the fee for the licensed driver.

A school bus driver is a member of the best-screened, best-qualified, and best-trained profession associated with the motor transport industry in the country. They are members of the motor transport industry that possesses the safest transportation record in the world.

School bus drivers are one of a few members of society who are entrusted with the care and safety of children when they are not at home with their parents. A trust that is guarded zealously by all those parents who rely on them each school day. A school bus driver is a person who smiles in the morning and smiles in the evening.

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