Florida - Transportation Safety—safety training: Program Requirement

Program Requirement
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State law requires districts to establish transportation plans or policies addressing bus driver safety training.

Florida Administrative Code 6A-3.0141 Employment of School Bus Operators

(1) School bus operators are defined as any persons employed or contracted to the school district to transport prekindergarten through grade 12 students in school buses as defined in Section 1006.25, F.S.
(2) At the time of initial employment the school board shall assure that the operator of a school bus meets the following requirements:

  • (a) Has five (5) years of licensed driving experience.

  • (b) Has submitted to the superintendent a written application for employment in a form prescribed by the school board.

  • (c) Has filed a set of fingerprints for the purpose of the required background check for determining criminal record.

(3) Prior to transporting students on a school bus each operator shall meet the following requirements:

  • (a) Hold a valid commercial driver license with a passenger endorsement and a school bus endorsement.

  • (b) Successfully complete 40 hours of preservice training consisting of at least 20 hours of classroom instruction and eight hours of behind-the-wheel training based upon the Department's Basic School Bus Operator Curriculum, Revised 2006, which is hereby incorporated by reference and made a part of this rule. This document may be obtained from the School Transportation Management Section, Department of Education, 325 West Gaines Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399, at a cost not to exceed actual production and distribution costs.

Florida Administrative Code 6A-3.0141 Employment of School Bus Operators

(7) At least annually, the school district shall assure that the operator of a school bus meets the following requirements:

  • (a) The requirements of paragraph (3)(a) of this rule.

  • (b) Successfully complete a minimum of eight hours of inservice training related to the operator's responsibilities for transporting students.

  • (c) Successfully pass a dexterity test administered by the school district and maintain a valid Medical Examiners Certificate.

Florida Administrative Code 6A-3.0171 Responsibilities of School Districts for Student Transportation

(2) (g) 3. Responsibilities of the school bus operator:

  • a. To pass all required physical examinations and meet such requirements as may be prescribed by law or rules.

  • b. To be clean and neat in appearance, and to refrain from wearing shoes which are not securely held on the foot.

  • c. To refrain from use of tobacco while operating the bus, and to use no profane language in the presence of the students. Operators shall not use or be under the influence of alcohol, illicit drugs, or any substance which may impair the operator's alertness or performance while on duty.

  • d. To prescribe, in cooperation with the principals, the seating arrangements of students on all buses.

  • e. To report needed changes in school bus transportation to the director or supervisor of transportation including bus loads, bus deficiencies, road hazards, routes and schedules.

  • f. To study and observe all laws and rules of the State Board of Education and the school board relating to the service of transportation.

  • g. To attend and participate in conferences and training classes for school bus operators and to be prepared at any time to pass successfully a reasonable examination concerning traffic laws, state and local transportation rules and driving skills.

  • h. To ascertain and ensure that transported students observe all rules prescribed by law and by the state and local board.

  • i. To maintain order and discipline, under the direction of the school principal, on the part of every passenger.

  • j. To permit a student to leave the bus only at their assigned stop, except upon written authorization of the school principal or other district designee.

  • k. To observe all procedures incorporated in the Florida Department of Education Basic School Bus Operator's Curriculum, as incorporated by reference in paragraph 6A-3.0141(4)(b), F.A.C.

  • l. To instruct transported students in safe riding practices.

  • m. To require all passengers to remain seated and to keep aisles and exits clear.

  • n. To participate in emergency evacuation drills at least once each school semester under the direction of the school principal or the principal's designee.

  • o. To use the bus, if it is publicly owned, only to transport students to and from school, except upon specific direction of the superintendent or from the principal upon written authorization by the superintendent.

  • p. To prepare immediately after every accident involving the bus or a school bus passenger an accident report to be filed with the director or supervisor of transportation.

  • q. To ascertain and ensure that all persons are off the bus before filling fuel tank.

  • r. To cooperate with duly authorized school officials, mechanics and other personnel in the mechanical maintenance and repair of bus in overcoming hazards which threaten the safety or efficiency of service.

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