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School Bus Driver Safety Training

1. Competent school bus drivers provide safe and efficient student transportation.

2. Safety training courses promote enhanced competency and outstanding safety records for school transportation.


For general questions or lost cards, contact: or call 972-348-1326.


For assistance with class registrations and invoicing, contact Doana Smith at or at 972-348-1026


NTAPT Agenda


TX DPS New Federal Regulations


2016 TAPT School Bus Safety Speech Contest

will be February 22, 2016



New ONLINE Recertification Training- See 8 Hour Recertification Calendar

Announcing New Enhancement School Bus Safety Training  (click here for flyer)

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20 Hour Certification Calendar

Please send all registrations to Doana Smith. System is down.



            Plano ISD- The Sockwell Center- Sept. 19, 26, Oct.3, 2015

            Mabank ISD-Transportation Facility- Sept. 12,19, 26, 2015

            Sherman ISD- Piner Middle School- Oct. 3,10,17, 2015

            Waxahachie ISD- Transportation Facility- Oct. 17,24,31, 2015   

            Garland ISD-Technology Bldg.- Dec. 1,3,8,10,12, 2015

            Region 10 ESC- Abrams Bldg- Dec. 5,7,9,12, 2015


Dallas County Schools Training Calendar

(Dallas County Schools Employees Only)







20 Hour Certification Training Curriculum

The initial 20-hour training includes 14 chapters consisting of:


  • Introduction and Overview
  • Licensing and Certification
  • Know the Bus: Equipment and Maintenance
  • Performing Vehicle Inspection
  • Loading and Unloading
  • Student Management
  • Controlling Stress and Attitude
  • Avoiding Collisions: Don't Let It Be You
  • Overcoming Road Hazards: Techniques for Handling Vehicles
  • Navigating Railroad Crossings
  • Driving Under the Influence: The Effects of Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Emergencies
  • Transporting Special Needs Children, Infants and Toddlers
  • First Aid


This certification is valid for a 3-year period.


8 Hour ReCertification Calendar

         Please send all registrations to Doana Smith.  System is down.


Online Training - Sept. 10, 2015 (Last day to register- Sept. 5)

Plano ISD- The Sockwell Center- Sept. 12, 2015 

Mabank ISD- Transport. Fac.- Oct 3, 2015

Waxahachie ISD- Transportation Fac.- Oct 7, 2015

Online Training- Oct. 8, 2015

Sherman ISD- Piner Middle School- Oct. 10, 2015

Garland ISD- Technology Bldg- Dec. 5, 2015

Region 10 ESC- Abrams Bldg.- Dec. 7,9, 2015



Dallas County Schools Training Calendar

(Dallas County Schools Employees only)




8 Hour ReCertification Curriculum

Recertification is intended to help drivers continue to be safe, competent and efficient in the transportation of children by providing the drivers with current information and accepted safety procedures. The 8-hour re-certification training is designed to provide drivers, who were previously certified, with an update of information that includes:


  • Introduction and Overview
  • Know The Laws
  • Bus Basics
  • Defensive Driving
  • Student Management
  • Loading and Unloading
  • Navigating Railroad Crossings
  • Emergency Evacuation


TAC 14.35.3 Rule regarding expired re-certification (8 hour) training:

During the 12-month interval immediately following certification expiration, the recertification course may be completed for certification renewal. Certification will then be renewed for a period of three years from the actual date of course completion. Failure to satisfactorily complete the recertification course during this time frame will require completion of the initial certification course to reinstate certification status. During this time period, a person shall not drive a school bus, school activity bus, or multifunction school activity bus unless he/she has received an enrollment certificate. Issuance of an enrollment certificate during this dormant time interval will require the successful completion of the certification course in order to reinstate full certification status.


Online Courses


Accident Avoidance for Bus Drivers (no fee)

For group access, contact Laura Shehan,

School Bus Driver Basics

This is an online course that is meant to be a starting point and general overview for someone considering entering the school bus driver realm of employment. This is not meant to be a total of all rules and regulations that apply to certified school bus drivers.

Click the link to access the course: School Bus Driver Basics


School Bus Emergency Evacuation

Click the link to access the course: School Bus Emergency Evacuation

Transportation Related Workshops

2015 TAPT School Bus Speech Contest: Rules

2015 Speech Contest Application

2015 Speech Contest Regional Winner Form

First Observer Program

The TSA Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement (OSPIE), Surface Division, is pleased to announce a new web-based restoration of the First Observer™ Program, a security awareness training initiative that focuses on enhancing security across all highway surface transportation modes. We now have the critical training modules available on-line at

 This is a voluntary program designed to provide transportation professionals with information that will enable   them to effectively observe, assess and report suspicious individuals, vehicles, packages, and/or objects. 

 The training video is approximately 30 minutes and divided into three segments. 

 Any questions related to this program should be directed to


Facts and Forms

Bus Driver General Information  (includes Texas Administrative Code requirements related to school bus drivers)

Bus Driver Training Fees

Class Expectations for Bus Drivers Safety Trainings  (includes specific guidelines for participants)

District Registrar School Bus Driver Classes Registration Checklist  (includes step-by-step directions for registering participants for Region 10 bus driver safety training classes)

Driver Survey 2014  Driver Spreadsheet

Enrollment Certificate Information (includes expiration dates for these certificates)

Enrollment Certificate Application  (includes a link to this application)

Medical Card Registration Changes for CDL-7 Holders  (access to the CDL-7 form and rules for annual physicals)

Road Skills Test

Self Certification Information

Sample PO  (includes sample of Puchase Order to be submitted with district registrations)

School Bus Accident Report Form

Transportation Director Registration Guidelines  (includes timelines for registering and unregistering drivers, enrollment card options)


Professional Organizations

Texas Department of Public Safety
School Bus Transportation


Texas Department of Public Safety
School Bus Forms


Texas Association of Pupil Transportation


North Texas Association of Pupil Transportation


Operation Lifesaver


National Transportation Safety Board

Chris Kanouse, Director

School Support and Educator Certification

Region 10 Education Service Center

400 E. Spring Valley Rd.

Richardson, Texas 75081


FAX:  972-348-1681



Texas Department of Public Safety

School Bus Transportation

PO Box 4087

Austin, Texas 78773-0525


FAX:  512-424-2238