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Bus Driver

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POSITION GOAL: Drive any type and size of school bus that may be operated
by the school district for the transportation of passengers on regularly scheduled

Operate assigned school use on assigned trips in accordance with printed
trip schedules and in accordance with specified stop, sequence, and time
schedules; board, transport, and discharge passengers.

May lift handicapped passengers and assist passengers into and out of
bus as required by Transportation Services Department policy and

May operate a mechanized wheelchair lift.

Load, unload, and ensure security of equipment and cargo.

Develop via-directions; maintain and update current pupil and trip
manifests, via-directions, and special instructions pertaining to daily

Inspect, verify, and monitor the operational condition and safety of vehicle
accessories and assigned buses on a daily basis.

Practice non-aggressive, defensive driving techniques; anticipate and
immediately report maneuvering, traffic, and time entrapments while
operating a bus.

Monitor gauges and sensors while operating a bus, report discrepancies,
and initiate corrective action.

Monitor, conduct, and respond to communications with Transportation

Services Department staff via two-way radio.

Communicate with dispatch staff on daily basis regarding route or
equipment problems, community/school staff special requests, or changes
to daily assignments.

Maintain effective professional working relationships with pupils, parents,
and district staff.

May contact parent and/or school officials to coordinate transportation

Enforce district policy and procedure in maintaining discipline on buses;
render first aid to passengers on an emergency basis.

May secure and transport medications and controlled substances.

Maintain working knowledge of and comply with laws and regulations
pertaining to pupil transportation.

Submit reports of vehicle condition, route time and mileage, passenger
ridership, maintenance needs, time keeping, and abnormal occurrences
as required.

Maintain cleanliness of windows and interior of bus on a daily basis.

May wash bus exterior; may fuel and provide minor service to vehicles;
may maintain general cleanliness of transportation depots.

Ensure familiarity with assigned trips before transporting passengers.

May dry-run new trips and major revisions to assigned trips during
traditional and non-traditional workdays and work hours.

Periodically participate in mandated meetings and in-service programs
during traditional and non-traditional workdays and work hours as required
by the department.

May start and end work schedule at various times; may work single split
and extended splits; may work late shifts; may be assigned varied spot
times and locations; may be on duty during lunch period.

Perform related duties as assigned.
Incumbents may perform any combination of the essential functions
shown above.

Possession of a valid Illinois Driver’s License.
Clean driving record.
Must pass physical examination as well as pre-employment drug test.
Ability to obtain an Illinois Commercial Driver’s License with appropriate
endorsements as well as school bus driver certificate.
Personality and character traits suited to supervision and care of children
of multiple ethnicities and cultural values, behavioral, and physical

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