Kentucky - Transportation Safety—safety training: Program Requirement

Area: 
Program Requirement
Policy Type: 
statute; regulation
Summary: 

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

Kentucky Revised Statutes 158.110 Transportation of pupils.

(1) Boards of education may provide transportation from their general funds or otherwise for any pupil of any grade to the nearest school to the pupil’s residence within the district if the pupil does not live within a reasonable walking distance to such nearest school of appropriate grade level. The local board may provide transportation by means of a board-operated transportation system, transit authorities organized and operating pursuant to KRS Chapter 96A, local governmental mass transit systems, and individual contracted buses and vehicles.

(2) When space is not available at the nearest school, boards of education may provide transportation from their general funds or otherwise for any pupil of any grade who does not live within a reasonable walking distance to the nearest school of appropriate grade level where space is available. Transportation may be provided by means pursuant to subsection (1) of this section.

(3) Public elementary and secondary schools shall not change their present grade level structure without written permission from the Kentucky Board of Education.

(4) The boards of education shall adopt such rules and regulations as will insure the comfort, health, and safety of the children who are transported, consistent with the rules and regulations of the Kentucky Board of Education dealing with the transportation of pupils.


702 Kentucky Administrative Regulations 5:080 Bus drivers' qualifications, responsibilities, and training.

Section 7. (1) Minimum training requirements to become a school bus driver shall consist of the training course developed by the Kentucky Department of Education and three (3) driver review, evaluation, and instruction components.

(2) A person shall not be certified to teach the school bus driver training curriculum until that person has:

  • (a) Satisfactorily completed a minimum of thirty-three (33) of hours classroom and driving instruction conducted by the Department of Education and relevant to the driver training curriculum; and

  • (b) Been issued an instructor's certificate by the commissioner of education.

(3) Instructors shall be required to renew their certificates annually by completing six (6) hours of update training conducted by the Department of Education.

(4) The School Bus Driver Training Course core curriculum shall consist of the following instructional units and minimum instructional times:

  • (a) Laws and regulations, which shall include at least two (2) hours of instructional time;

  • (b) Driving fundamentals, which shall include at least two (2) hours of instructional time;

  • (c) Care and maintenance, which shall include at least two (2) hours of instructional time;

  • (d) Critical situations one, which shall include at least one (1) hours of instructional time

  • (e) Incidents and emergency procedures, which shall include at least two (2) hours of instructional time;

  • (f) Pupil management, which shall include at least two (2) hours of instructional time;

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