Job Description: Bus Driver

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Supervisor: Executive Director

Working Days: 213 Days 

Salary: $20,808 – $23,500

Part time: (.6 FTE) with medical, dental, vision, and retirement benefits

Job Summary: 

Driver is responsible for operating a school bus and transporting school-aged children and other authorized personnel safely and efficiently over specified routes to and from school and various activities. Driver conducts pre-trip inspections; observes safety regulations and policies; enforces student discipline on the bus; and performs related work. Ability to communicate fluently verbally and in writing in Spanish is a plus.

Essential Duties 

  • Ensures the bus can be operated safely before driving and conducts pre-trip safety inspections as required by federal and state laws to include observing visual defects and checking operating systems to include brakes, horn, lights, emergency flashers, extended stop arms, and door-opening devices;
  • Operates the vehicle safely over an assigned route, picking up and delivering only authorized students at assigned bus stops, and watches to ensure that no one hurrying for the bus is left behind;
  • Keeps assigned time schedules, which may require driving during pre-daylight and dusk periods, and makes every effort to be on time while ensuring safety. 
  • Obeys all traffic laws and transportation practices and local ordinances;
  • Observes all mandatory safety regulations for school buses and keeps all emergency exits clear of obstructions;
  • Secures wheelchairs, car seats, and other restraining devices on the bus as needed; 
  • Maintains student discipline on the bus and enforces rules governing student conduct, including through oral communication when the bus is in motion;
  • Reports daily to the Executive Director and compiles written reports as requested;
  • Conducts semi-annual bus evacuation drills as required by the Department of Education and implements evacuations as required in an emergency to include safely exiting from the rear of the school bus;
  • Reports all accidents immediately, requesting police or ambulance service as needed; assists injured persons until services arrive; and completes required accident reports;
  • Notifies the Executive Director in cases of mechanical failure, safety deficiencies, when off schedule, or other incidents;
  • Regulates heating, cooling, and ventilating equipment provided on the bus for the comfort of passengers;
  • Drives students and teachers on field trips, extracurricular activities, and other special events, often in evenings and at night, as assigned;
  • Exercises responsible leadership and appropriate behavior;
  • Returns the bus to the school, performs a final inspection, and secures the bus according to procedures;
  • Participates in all required training;
  • Submits to drug testing when required;
  • Maintains a commercial driver’s license as required by the State Department of Transportation;
  • Maintains Red Cross First Aid/CPR certification;
  • Hear and communicate orally when the bus is in motion;
  • Models non discriminatory practices in all activities. 
  • Keeps the assigned bus clean;
  • (These are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.). 

Job Specifications 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities, who are otherwise qualified, to perform the essential functions. 

Minimum Qualifications(Knowledge, Skills and/or Abilities Required) 

  • Must possess a high school diploma or GED; 
  • Must possess a valid commercial driver’s license to operate a school bus or must acquire one prior to the completion of the division’s classroom training course; 
  • Must possess basic first aid and CPR certification or must acquire such prior to the completion of the division’s classroom training course;
  • Must possess an excellent driving record;
  • Must possess a good knowledge of procedures and federal/state laws governing the safe operation of a school bus;
  • Must possess knowledge of, or the ability to accurately and quickly learn, how to properly secure a wheelchair, car seat, and other restraining devices on a school bus;
  • Must possess the ability to maintain student discipline and ensure that student behavior is not a distraction to safe driving;
  • Must possess the ability to recognize and report any unsafe act or condition;
  • Must remain in compliance with state regulations regarding the use of controlled substances and alcohol as applied to school bus drivers;
  • Must meet the mandated physical and mental requirements established by the state and the US Department of Transportation;
  • Must be capable of working independently and possess the ability to understand and follow through on oral and written instructions; 
  • Must possess the ability to communicate effectively and positively with students, parents, and faculty. 

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements 

Duties are performed on a school bus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to loud noise levels; fumes or airborne particles; noxious odors; vibrations from driving a bus; and traffic. The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and outside weather conditions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; use foot controls to drive; reach with hands and arms; climb; bend, stoop, and kneel; and talk and hear. The employee must be physically able to perform and demonstrate emergency evacuation procedures. The employee must be able to communicate orally. The Employee must be able to communicate effectively and positively with parents, students, staff and co-workers. The employee must be able to push/pull up to 50 pounds. In addition, have the ability to use emergency exits at any location on the bus. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, night/dusk vision, color vision, and peripheral vision. 

Work Environment 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is loud. 

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee. The School Bus Driver will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other related duties as assigned by the Executive Director. Cardinal Academy reserves the right to update, revise or change this job description and related duties at any time. 

At Cardinal Academy, we celebrate, support, and thrive on diversity, for the benefit of our faculty and staff, and our entire school community. 

We believe that diversity is essential and integral to the success of our school. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information (including characteristics and testing), military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Cardinal Academy is committed to providing employees with a work environment in which to explore ideas, innovate, and put best practices into action and also free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at Cardinal Academy are based on school needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications. Our policy is in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.