SCHOOL BUS DRIVER
The job of "School Bus Driver" is done for the purpose(s) 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 and laws to ensure students safety during transport, loading and unloading.
Position Reports to: Transportation Coordinator.
Essential Job Functions: May include, but are not limited to, the following:
Safely driving a school bus as assigned, on routes to and from school and school-related activities; and in accordance with District policies and procedures, and State laws.
Assessing potential emergency situations for the purpose of taking appropriate action to protect the wellbeing of passengers.
Supervising, assisting and instructing students and other passengers for the purpose of providing safe loading and unloading during regular and emergency situations; and at specific assigned stops.
Assisting special needs students with a variety of issues including wheel chairs, safety vests, oxygen tanks, anger management, physical concerns such as seizures and other related special needs concerns for the purpose of taking appropriate action to protect the wellbeing of passengers.
Conducting vehicle pre-trip and post-trip inspection as prescribed by law.
Reporting vehicle mechanical defects in accordance with District policies and procedures, and State laws.
Providing students a safe and nurturing environment on the bus.
Cleaning assigned vehicles, both interior/exterior for the purpose of maintaining appearance, sanitation and safety of vehicle.
Maintaining regular and consistent attendance and punctuality.
Instructing students, twice yearly of safe bus riding and evacuation procedures as required by OAR 581- 053-0210(2).
Accurately completing forms and reports for the purpose of providing written support and/or conveying information.
Having knowledge of and complying with District policies and procedures, and State of Oregon laws, rules and regulations regarding the operation of a school bus.
Attending all required State, District and Department meetings and training.
Other Job Functions:
Assisting other personnel as may be required for the purpose of supporting them in the completion of their work activities.
Adding oil and/or coolant and fuels to assigned vehicle for the purpose of maintaining vehicle in a safe operating condition.
Performance Standards: Perform all assigned job duties in a satisfactory manner; work under direct supervision and independently use standardized routines; communicate effectively to provide information and/or advise others; and comply with all District policies and procedures including those outlined in Reynolds School District Transportation Handbook.
Skills, Knowledge, and/or Abilities Required:
State and District laws, rules and regulations governing the operation of a school bus, traffic safety, passenger loading and unloading, and student management.
Traffic signs and devices
Safe motor vehicle driving techniques.
Proper use of communication devices such as radios and other equipment.
How to use city and highway maps.
Operate large school buses in a safe and lawful manner during varying weather, road and traffic conditions; and to recognize when conditions are unsafe for bus operation.
Maintain appropriate decorum with students of multicultural, language, age, emotional, and behavioral differences.
Learn specific bus routes, complete scheduled routes in a timely manner, and adjust to periodic changes in schedules and routes.
Operate buses for extended periods of time for over-the-road special activity trips and to drive safely in unfamiliar surroundings varying from congested city streets to mountain and rural roadways.
Maintain safe and appropriate atmosphere among students while they are being transported and communicate discipline issues to appropriate administrators.
Recognize potential mechanical and safety equipment problems and report as designated by District procedures.
Write legibly; and to make clear, brief, factual written and oral reports.
Maintain a safe driving record and appropriate licensure and certification.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships and communication skills with a wide diversity of individuals contacted in the course of work.
Read, speak and comprehend the English language sufficiently to converse with the general public; understand traffic signs and signals; respond to official inquiries; and generate reports and records.
Education Required: High School diploma; or any combination of education and experience which would provide the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the job.
Licenses, Certifications, Bonding, and/or Testing Required:
Possession of or ability to obtain and maintain licenses, certifications and cards necessary for operating a school bus. The aforementioned must be in the driver's possession while on duty.
Ability to pass DOT physical examinations.
Possess a driving record which meets or exceeds ODE and District standards.
Pass pre-employment alcohol/controlled substance tests; will also be subject to random selection for mandatory alcohol/controlled substance testing.
Oregon Fingerprint and Criminal background check clearance.
May include, but not limited to: Outdoor vehicle inspection and driving school buses of various makes or models in all weather conditions. May be exposed to chemicals, fuel, grease and oil, fumes from the aforementioned, blood-borne pathogens, inclement weather conditions, and hazardous traffic and/or driving conditions.
Must be able to sit for extended periods of time. Regular climbing, walking, balancing, lifting, carrying, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling. Frequent twisting, pushing, pulling, reaching, handling, grasping, fingering, talking and hearing.
Physical capacities required to operate a bus: Leg/foot use required to depress brake pedal to a pressure of at least 90 pounds and depress clutch pedal to a pressure of at least 40 pounds unless operating an automatic transmission. Pushing and pulling, e.g., up to 30 pounds of force to manually operated bus entrance door and during an emergency situation, a student(s) might have to be assisted requiring carrying or dragging a 125 pound person 30 feet in 30 second or less. Climbing e.g., a maximum step height of 17 inches to enter bus and in an emergency situation, exits from an emergency door opening of 24 x 48 inches and at least 42 inches from ground in ten seconds or less.
Possess a reaction time of 3/4 of a second or less from the throttle to the brake control. Continual hearing and not less than 7/15 in at least one (1) ear. Drivers requiring a hearing aid must wear a properly operating aid at all times while operating a bus. Continual vision requiring near acuity and far acuity of no less than 20/40 in each eye either with or without corrective lenses and binocular acuity of at least 20/40 in both eyes with or without corrective lenses, a field of vision of not less than a total of 140 degrees, depth perception and color vision to distinguish red, green and yellow colors. Drivers requiring corrective lenses shall wear properly prescribed lenses at all time while operating a bus.
Approx. 4.0 hrs per day
Work Hours: TBD
In order to obtain a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) you must be a permanent resident of the United States or a US citizen.
In order to obtain a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Oregon School Bus drivers must meet all federal regulations pertaining to CDL holders. This includes pre-employment and random drug screens. Although the use of marijuana is legal in Oregon, it not legal federally, and therefore a positive drug screen test result for marijuana will disqualify a person from obtaining a CDL.
Reynolds School District #7