School Bus Driver Qualifications



Before Being Employed

CDL Class A or B license with a P (passenger) & S (school bus) endorsement
Must be 21 years of age to drive a school bus

Driving Abstract checked for tickets and accidents
Three personal references
Interview with Transportation Supervisor and Head Bus Driver
Road test with Transportation Supervisor or Head Bus Driver
Interview with Executive Director for Human Resources
Interview with Superintendent of Schools
Approval by the Board of Education
Superintendent’s Approval in writing
Fingerprinting (criminal history background check processed through NYS Division of
Criminal Justice Service and Federal Bureau of Investigation)
19A or D.O.T physical (Pre Employment)
Physical Performance Test
Drug Test (Pre Employment)
SED-3 Hour pre-service completed before transporting students 

           Within First Year Driving
           Must complete 30 hour basic course or have complete a basic course

            Every Year
           Minimum of 2 two-hour refresher training sessions (given by a School Bus Driver Instructor)
          19A or D.O.T medical physical
          Annual Defensive Driving Performance review (by a 19A Inspector)
          Must perform the first bus safety drills on each route within the first seven days
          of start of school
          Annual review and personal interview of driving record
         Superintendent’s approval in writing
         Subject to random drug and alcohol testing

          Every Two Years
         Behind the Wheel Road Test (given by a 19A Inspector)
         Written or Oral Test (given by a 19A Inspector)
         Physical Performance Test (given by a School Bus Driver Instructor)