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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: Schoolbus@Region10.org or call 972-348-1326.

 

For assistance with class registrations and invoicing, contact Doana Smith at Doana.Smith@Region10.org or at 972-348-1026

 

Announcing New ONLINE Recertification Training- See 8 Hour Recertification Calendar

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20 Hour Certification Calendar

 

Carrollton Farmers Branch ISD, Transportation Facility- July 21,22,23,24,26, 2014

Forney ISD, Warren Middle School Cafeteria- August 2,9,16, 2014

Sherman ISD, Piner Middle School- August 5,6,7,2014

 

 

Dallas County Schools Sessions

(Open to Dallas County School Driver's Only)

July 28,29,30- 2014
August 12,13,14 -2014
 

 

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

 

 

Forney ISD, Warren Middle School Cafeteria - July 26, 2014

On-Line Re-Certification Training- August 6, 2014 (Last Day to Register is July 30)

Sherman ISD, Piner Middle School - August 4, 2014

Region 10, Abrams Building - August 23,2014

 

 

Dallas County Schools Sessions

(Open to Dallas County School Driver's Only)

 

July 31 - 2014

August 14 - 2014
 
 

 

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, Laura.Shehan@teex.tamu.edu

 
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

Facts and Forms

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

Bus Driver Training Fees

Buster Bynum Scholarship (SESPTC) 2014  (includes application, eligibility requirements, directions, and submission deadlines)

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)

2012 Medical Card Registration Changes for CDL-7 Holders  (access to the CDL-7 form and rules for annual physicals)

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
Website:   www.txdps.state.tx.us/schoolbus/

 

Texas Department of Public Safety
School Bus Forms
Website:  www.txdps.state.tx.us/forms/

 

Texas Association of Pupil Transportation
Website:  www.tapt.com

 

North Texas Association of Pupil Transportation
Website:  http://www.ntapt.org/

 

Operation Lifesaver
Website:  www.oli.org

 

National Transportation Safety Board
Website:  www.ntsb.gov

Chris Kanouse, Assistant Director

School Support and Educator Certification

Region 10 Education Service Center

400 E. Spring Valley Rd.

Richardson, Texas 75081

972-348-1680

FAX:  972-348-1681

Email: Chris.Kanouse@region10.org

 

Texas Department of Public Safety

School Bus Transportation

PO Box 4087

Austin, Texas 78773-0525

512-424-7396

FAX:  512-424-2238

www.txdps.state.tx.us/schoolbus/