School Transportation

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School Bus Driver: Preparation and Refresher Training (14.5 Hours)

  • Pre- and Post-trip Inspections (1 Hour)

    This lesson discusses the background of school bus safety and school bus design. It also details pre- and posttrip
    inspection procedures.

  • Pretrip Air Brake Inspection (1 Hour)

    This lesson describes air brake components and discusses pretrip air brake inspection procedures.

  • Blind Spots/Danger Zones and Mirrors (1 Hour)

    This lesson identifies blind spots and danger zones around a school bus and details the use of mirrors to eliminate these dangerous areas.

  • Pickup and Discharge Procedures (1.5 Hour)

    This lesson identifies blind spots and danger zones around a school bus and details the use of mirrors to
    eliminate these dangerous areas.

  • Sound Driving Practices 1 (1 Hour)

    This lesson describes characteristics of a professional driver and discusses a variety of conditions that affect drivers and vehicle operation.

  • Sound Driving Practices 2 (1 Hour)

    This lesson discusses sound driving practices, including traffic control, steering techniques, turning movements, highway hypnosis, six-point vision scan procedure, night driving, and headlight etiquette.

  • Sound Driving Practices 3 (1.5 Hour)

    This lesson discusses sound driving practices, including speed limits, following distances, passing, stopping, downshifting, and avoiding collisions.

  • Backing and Turnabout Maneuvers (45 Min)

    This lesson details the proper techniques for backing and making turnabout maneuvers. Also discussed are primary and secondary roadways and the use of student helpers.

  • Railroad Crossings (1 Hour)

    This lesson describes the proper procedures and restrictions for a school bus approaching and crossing a railroad track.

  • Accident Procedures (1 Hour)

    This lesson discusses procedures to be followed by a bus driver at the scene of an accident.

  • Emergency Evacuations (1.5 Hour)

    This lesson discusses emergency and nonemergency evacuation policies and procedures for non-special needs and special needs passengers.

  • Student Management (45 Hour)

    This lesson discusses the functions of a discipline policy and details rules and procedures school bus passengers are expected to follow.

  • End-of-Course Test (1 Hour)

    This test will assess your understanding of the material presented in this course.

School Bus Driver: In-Service (15 Hours)

  • DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing (1 Hour)

    This course details information school bus drivers need to know regarding Department of Transportation (DOT) drug and alcohol testing procedures. It provides background information and specific procedures to expect while being tested. This course also explains what will happen after the testing is completed.

  • Child Transportation Safety (1 Hour)

    This course familiarizes drivers with procedures and safety precautions to follow when transporting infants, preschoolers, and school-age children. This course is based on Federal (U.S.) standards for transporting children. State and local laws or regulations may be different. Always verify transportation requirements for the jurisdiction in which children are being transported.

  • Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse (1 Hour)

    This course discusses the different types of child abuse, indicators of abuse, key factors of reporting abuse, and
    actions to take with a child where abuse is suspected or reported.

  • Inclement Weather and Adverse Conditions (2 Hours)

    This course describes adverse driving conditions and discusses techniques bus operators should use to cope with these conditions and ensure students are transported to and from school or extracurricular activities safely and efficiently. Adverse environmental conditions discussed include night, fog, snow, ice, rain, excessive temperatures, and mountainous terrain. It also describes the dynamics of vehicle skids and appropriate recovery techniques.

  • Knowing Your Route (1 Hour)

    This course discusses problems, responsibilities, and additional instructions school bus drivers need to be mindful of when driving during a regular route or a field or activity trip.

  • Pickup and Discharge Procedures (2 Hours)

    This course details the proper procedures for picking up and discharging passengers. Also discussed are bus mirror settings, blind spots, and techniques for transporting special needs students.

  • Railroad Crossing Safety (1 Hour)

    This course describes the proper procedures and restrictions for a school bus approaching and crossing a railroad track.

  • Stress and Driver Attitude (1 Hour)

    This course discusses the sources and types of stress, as well as the effects it has on a person’s health, attitude, and job performance. It also identifies effective techniques and methods for dealing with stress.

  • Student Management (1 Hour)

    This course discusses the functions of a discipline policy and details rules and procedures school bus passengers are expected to follow.

  • Vehicle Operation (2 Hours)

    This course discusses proper procedure for operating a school bus, including steering techniques, mirror usage, turning around, and backing.

  • Head Start Transportation (2 Hours)

    Federal guidelines for the safe transportation of Head Start students and other transportation concerns are addressed in this course.

School Bus Driver: Transporting Students with Special Needs (7 Hours)

  • The Basics (2 Hours)

    This course discusses the impact of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Individualized Education Program (IEP) on transportation systems. It identifies members of an effective transportation team for students with special needs and the information that should be communicated among team members. Guidelines and general responsibilities pertaining to bus operators and attendants while transporting students with special needs are also discussed.

  • Recognizing and Relating to Students (2 Hours)

    This course discusses the characteristics of mental, physical, and emotional/behavioral disabilities. It recalls guidelines that facilitate safe transportation of students with disabilities and identifies commonly used specialized equipment. Proper use, storage, and maintenance of specialized equipment is also discussed.

  • Loading and Unloading (1 Hour)

    This course discusses the responsibilities of those involved in the transportation of students with special needs. It also addresses the use of wheelchair lifts and appropriate procedures for loading and securing nonambulatory students on a bus.

  • Handling Emergency Situations (1 Hour)

    This course discusses guidelines for transporting students with special needs, including creating an evacuation plan and conducting evacuation drills. It also presents procedures for handling medical emergencies.

Driving Safety: Defensive Driving (14 Hours)

  • Driving (2 Hours)

    This course discusses alcohol, other drugs, and driving; defensive driving; and expressway driving. Lesson one discusses the effects of impaired driving. Included are details concerning consequences for driving while under the influence of illegal substances and alcohol or drug related impairments that can limit your driving abilities and cause life-long injury or death. Lesson two discusses general defensive driving techniques, including distractions and avoiding rear-end collisions. Lesson three discusses the proper way to enter and exit an expressway, and safety tips for expressway driving.

  • On the Road (2 Hours)

    This course discusses signals, signs, and markings, and intersection safety. Lesson one discusses traffic signals, signs, and roadway markings used to control and direct traffic. An understanding of how traffic direction devices and methods are used is important for safely navigating roadways. Lesson two discusses types of intersections and the traffic rules that apply to vehicles approaching or stopping at an intersection.

  • Road Awareness (2 Hours)

    This course discusses speed limits and official stops and driving conditions requiring heightened awareness. Lesson one discusses safe driving speeds, and law enforcement and fire stops. Lesson two discusses conditions where drivers must be extremely cautious of their surroundings.

  • Safety (2 Hours)

    This course discusses vehicle maintenance, safety belts and child safety, and emergencies. Lesson one discusses an introduction to basic vehicle maintenance procedures that will enhance vehicle safety. Lesson two discusses the proper use of safety belts and child restraining devices required by law. Lesson three discusses driving emergencies and the proper ways to handle them.

  • Sharing the Road (2 Hours)

    This course discusses sharing the road and pedestrian traffic. Lesson one discusses procedures that should be followed in order to safely drive in various types of traffic. Lesson two discusses motorists’ duty to pedestrians and both motorists’ and pedestrians’ duty to school buses and emergency vehicles.

  • Traffic Lanes (1 Hour)

    This course discusses traffic lane techniques. It discusses lane markings and the proper use of various types of traffic lanes.

  • Turning (2 Hours)

    This course discusses making turns and proper parking techniques. Lesson one discusses the correct way to make various turns, procedures for turning when approaching bike lanes at intersections, and the use of hand and directional signals. Lesson two discusses proper parking techniques, including parking on hills, no parking, and disabled parking.

  • The Threat of Road Rage (1 Hour)

    This course defines the term road rage. It discusses the causes and effects of road rage and offers techniques to avoid feelings of road rage. It also provides steps to take if victimized by road rage.

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