Oregon - 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.

Oregon Administrative Rules 581-053-0230 Approved Training for School Bus Drivers

(1) The driver shall report as soon as possible to the proper official any deficiency or malfunction of any equipment or component of the vehicle.
(2) The driver shall not transport students unless the vehicle is safe to operate.
(3) School bus drivers shall observe all local and state traffic laws and ordinances.
(4) Drivers shall enforce local school board and Oregon Department of Education rules governing pupils riding school buses.
(5) Drivers shall observe local school board and Oregon Department of Education rules pertaining to school bus drivers.
(6) After stopping at a railway crossing as required by law, the driver shall turn off any noise-producing device with the exception of two-way radio communication. The driver shall then open the bus entrance door and driver window, look and listen for an approaching train, then close the door before proceeding across the tracks.
(7) The driver shall assist in conducting student instruction and evacuation drills as directed by the transportation entity.
(8) Drivers shall report to their employer(s) within 15 days:

  • (a) Any conviction for driving or criminal offenses specified in OAR 581-053-0050.
  • (b) Any involvement in an accident.
  • (c) If their CDL is no longer valid.
    (9) A school bus driver shall:
  • (a) Never drive backwards on the school grounds prior to looking behind the bus, sounding the horn, and placing a responsible person to guard the rear;
  • (b) Not leave the bus when pupils are in it until the motor is shut off, the brakes set, a manual transmission put in gear and the key removed from the ignition;
  • (c) Not disengage the clutch or have transmission in neutral to allow the bus to coast;
  • (d) Stop to load or unload pupils only at designated places;
  • (e) See that all doors on the bus are kept closed while the bus is in motion;
  • (f) Bring the bus to a complete stop before taking on or letting off pupils. Whenever possible the driver shall stop at a place where the road may be clearly seen for several hundred feet in either direction;
  • (g) Not permit anyone to hang on or hitch onto the outside of the bus;
  • (h) Not use a school bus for any purpose other than transporting pupils to and from schools or authorized school activities;
  • (i) Not permit anyone else to operate the bus or controls, except with the permission of transportation entity or contractor;
  • (j) Not permit animals on the bus except guide dogs and assistance animals from recognized programs that will be accepted when accompanying blind, deaf, or physically impaired persons as identified on an IEP. Guide/assistance animals or animals in training as defined in ORS 346.680 are also accepted when they comply with all the following:
    • (A) Are enrolled and identified in an assistance animal training program registered with and regulated by an appropriate county extension service or designated state agency;
    • (B) Have a comprehensive immunization record on file with the district;
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