The job of a school bus driver is performed for the purpose of improving student achievement by transporting students safely to and from school, and school-related activities; ensuring the school bus is in safe operating condition, managing student behavior and enforcing rules, regulations, policies and laws to ensure students safety during transport, loading and unloading. School bus drivers are responsible for safely and professionally operating a school bus over an assigned route (in all types of weather conditions including but not limited to heat, cold, rain, hail, sleet, snow, ice and fog). School bus drivers are responsible to abide by all the rules and regulations as provided by school policies and local, state and federal governmental agencies. Drivers must work with students, parents, staff, colleagues and others in a courteous and respectful manner.
- Pick up and deliver students as per set route and schedule.
- Obey all traffic laws.
- Observe all mandatory safety regulations for school buses.
- Be attentive to traffic and weather conditions while staying on schedule and ensuring the safety of passengers.
- Transport only authorized students.
- Pick up and discharge students only at authorized stops.
- Check bus seats and floor, including under seats, for students after each trip.
- Notify supervisor(s) immediately in case of mechanical failure or delay in more than five (5) minutes in scheduled deliveries or pickups; complete accurate reports as required.
- Report all crashes and/or on-board accidents and injuries immediately per protocol and promptly complete accurate reports and forms.
- Responsible for maintaining a safe environment within the school bus by enforcing rules of conduct and responding to emergencies using a variety of pupil management skills.
- Report student misconduct according to established procedure.
- Communicate with students, parents, staff and colleagues in a professional and courteous manner and present as a positive representative of the Worcester Public Schools.
- Ensure assigned bus is clean and fueled.
- Use two-way radio per established policies.
- Perform basic first aid as appropriate, including CPR.
- Maintain regular attendance.
- Demonstrate high standards of ethical behavior and confidentiality of information.
- Attend all scheduled training, in-service and safety meetings as required by the Worcester Public Schools,
- Responsible for assuring equal educational opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, gender, age, marital status, religion, natural origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, homelessness, or disability.
- Ability to work effectively as a team member.
- Performance of other job-related duties as assigned.
- Operate a school bus safely and professionally on a regular scheduled route and time schedule.
- Perform and properly completes daily pre and post-trip inspections and duties.
- Ability to read, understand policies, procedures, and related information. Also provide and follow verbal, written, and demonstrated instructions, directions, and guidelines related to the job.
- Ability to write basic reports and general correspondence.
- Ability to interact appropriately with a diverse student population of children of different age groups.
- High School Diploma or GED
- Must be 21 years of age
- Have a valid Class A or B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with a passenger (P) Endorsement and a School Bus (S) Endorsement with Air Brake Certification.
- Have a School Bus Driver Certificate from the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities.
- Pass all Criminal History Checks.
- Pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical examination.
- Pass a Worcester Public Schools pre-employment physical examination, along with a pre-employment drug and alcohol screenings.
- Pass random drug and alcohol screenings through Worcester Public Schools.
- Have a clean driving record.
- Have no previous license suspension(s) for drug or alcohol related offenses.
- Ability to listen and understand information.
- Ability to communicate information so others will understand it.
- Citizenship, residency or work Visa in the United States.
- One year school bus driving experience.
- Familiarity with roadways within the City of Worcester, MA.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit for extended periods of time. Employee is also required to talk, hear, stand, and walk. The employee may be required to use hands to finger, handle, feel, and/or reach. Employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.