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School Bus Driver

The Madera County Superintendent of Schools   Madera, CA   Full-time     Transportation
Posted on May 10, 2022
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BASIC FUNCTION:

Under general supervision, to drive a school bus over designated routes to safely transport students with disabilities to and from school, field trips, and/or other activities and to clean and perform routine servicing of buses. Employees in this classification receive general supervision from an assigned administrator and work on a regular basis within a well-defined framework of policies and procedures.

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES:

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Drive a school bus over assigned routes in accordance with a specified schedule.
  • May adjust the scheduled route in picking up and discharging students, as necessitated by road or emergency conditions.
  • Transport students with disabilities to and from designated locations within the County.
  • Transport students to and from school, field trips, and/or other activities.
  • Enforce policies and procedures and maintain discipline on the school bus.
  • Perform daily bus inspections, complete daily vehicle condition report, prepare daily reports of mileage, time, and student loads, and other related forms and reports.
  • Maintain interior and exterior bus cleanliness and fluid levels on a daily basis.
  • Advise Manager, Transportation, of necessary repairs.
  • Load and unload wheelchair students in chairs; may place or remove students from wheelchairs.
  • Operate hydraulic lift, when necessary.
  • May be required to install snow chains during inclement weather.
  • Operate 2-way radio communication system.
  • May render first aid or emergency assistance, as needed.
  • Report incidents which affect the safety of students.
  • Attend staff and inservice training meetings.

OTHER DUTIES:

Perform related duties as assigned.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:

An employee assigned to this classification performs duties as a school bus driver of various types of physically and mentally disabled students. Incumbents must have a valid California Class B commercial driver’s license with passenger endorsement and a school bus endorsement; valid DMV School Bus Driver’s Certificate; California Special Driver’s Certificate, valid for driving school buses; current DMV approved Medical Certificate; and a current DOE approved First Aid card if applicable (i.e. Restriction 6 on Special Driver’s Certificate.

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

KNOWLEDGE OF:

  • Student behavior management strategies and techniques.
  • Applicable provisions of the California Motor Vehicle Code, Administrative Code, and Education Code
  • Safe driving practices.
  • Basic first aid practices.
  • City and County roads and state highways in areas traveled.
  • County schools requirements regarding pick up and delivery of students.
  • Proper hygiene practices and procedures.
  • Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Methods of collecting and organizing data and information.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy.

ABILITY TO:

  • Drive a school bus up to 26 passengers (which may include any number of wheelchair passengers) safety and efficiently.
  • Maintain order and discipline of students on the school bus.
  • Determine the safe operating conditions of the school bus.
  • Learn and follow a prescribed route and time schedule.
  • Handle emergencies in case of accident or illness.
  • Understand and follow oral and written directions.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Communicate effectively with physically and developmentally disabled children.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Prepare records and reports related to assigned activities.
  • React with flexibility, creativity, and sensitivity to changing situations and needs.
  • Interact effectively with students, parents, staff, and the public.
  • Work effectively with a student population that has special needs.
  • Demonstrate a patient, understanding, and receptive attitude toward children with special needs, including those with disruptive emotional characteristics.
  • Work collaboratively in teams and with families.
  • Maintain confidentiality of sensitive and privileged information.
  • Work effectively with individuals from various ethnic and cultural groups.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
  • Contribute to a positive working environment.

May require:

Oral bilingual proficiency in a second language as determined by administration.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Any combination equivalent to: graduation from high school and experience sufficient to drive a school bus and follow a prescribed route.

LICENSES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

Valid California Class B commercial driver’s license with passenger endorsement and a school bus endorsement; valid DMV School Bus Driver’s Certificate; California Special Driver’s Certificate, valid for driving school buses; current DMV approved Medical Certificate; and a current DOE approved First Aid card if applicable (i.e. Restriction 6 on Special Driver’s Certificate.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

ENVIRONMENT:

  • Indoor and outdoor environment.
  • The employee may occasionally work in extreme weather conditions and be exposed to noise and fumes from equipment operation, refueling, and/or loading students.
  • Driving a school bus to conduct work.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • Perform strenuous physical work in lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, moving, and controlling disabled students and/or their equipment.
  • Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a school bus.
  • Hearing and speaking to exchange information in person and on the telephone.
  • Sitting or standing for extended periods of time.
  • Seeing to read a variety of materials.
  • Reaching overhead and above the shoulders, bending at the waist, kneeling or crouching to inspect buses.
  • Meet the physical requirements necessary to perform assigned duties in a safe and effective manner for self and others.