Indiana - Transportation Safety—safety training: Program Requirement

Area: 
Program Requirement
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

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

Indiana Code 20-27-8-15 School bus driver training certification; revocation of certification.

(a) The driver of a school bus for a public or nonpublic school that is accredited by the state board shall have in the school bus driver’s possession, while transporting passengers, a certificate that states the school bus driver has:

  • (1) enrolled in or completed a course in school bus driver safety education as required under sections 9 and 10 [IC 20-27-8-9 and IC 20-27-8-10] of this chapter; or
  • (2) operated a school bus at least thirty (30) days during the three
  • (3) year period preceding the effective date of the school bus driver’s employment.
    (b) A certificate of enrollment in or completion of the course or courses in school bus driver safety education shall be prescribed by the committee and completed by the designated representative of the committee.
    (c) A driver of a school bus who fails to complete the school bus driver safety education course or courses, as required, shall be reported by the person who conducted the course to the committee and to the school corporation where the school bus driver is employed or under contract.
    (d) A driver of a school bus who fails to complete the school bus driver safety education course or courses, as required, may not drive a school bus within Indiana while transporting a student.
    (e) The department may at any time order the revocation of a driver’s certificate of completion of the school bus driver safety education training due to:
  • (1) fraudulent completion of the annual safety meeting or workshop required under section 9 [IC 20-27-8-9] of this chapter; or
  • (2) circumstances endangering the safe transportation of students, including the following:
    • (A) Permanent revocation for a:
      • (i) conviction for a felony or for a Class A misdemeanor that endangers the safety or safe transportation of a student; or
      • (ii) positive drug or alcohol test result that does not fall under the return to duty policy of the employing school corporation.
    • (B) A two (2) year revocation for a conviction for a Class B misdemeanor that endangers the safety or safe transportation of a student.
    • (C) A one (1) year revocation for a:
      • (i) conviction for a Class C misdemeanor; or
      • (ii) judgment for a Class A infraction;
        that endangers the safety or safe transportation of a student.
    • (D) A six (6) month revocation for a judgment for a Class B or Class C infraction that endangers the safety or safe transportation of a student.

Indiana Code 20-27-8-10 Preservice school bus driver safety experience and education requirements.

(a) An individual who does not have at least thirty (30) days experience in driving a school bus during the three (3) year period immediately preceding the effective date of the individual’s assignment as a school bus driver for a public or nonpublic school that is accredited by the state board within Indiana shall satisfactorily complete a preservice school bus driver safety education training course. The course may not exceed forty (40) hours.
(b) Course attendance must be completed:

  • (1) before the assignment of an individual required to take the course as a school bus driver; or
  • (2) if immediate assignment is necessary, upon the completion of the next scheduled course following the assignment.
    (c) The state superintendent shall provide instructors, adequate meeting facilities, registration forms, a uniform course of instruction, and all other necessary materials for the preservice school bus driver safety education meetings.

Indiana Code 20-27-8-9 Preservice school bus driver safety experience and education requirements.

A school bus driver, including a school bus driver who drives a bus for a nonpublic school, shall attend an annual safety meeting or workshop. A safety meeting or workshop may not exceed two (2) days in any one (1) calendar year.

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