How can I be sure my child’s bus driver is certified?
All drivers must meet the minimum standards of their position in accordance with the regulations set forth by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, Bureau of Traffic Safety, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, public school code, public welfare code, DuBois Area School District guidelines.
Employment checks and screening are as follows:
- Driver’s License – All drivers must possess a valid driver’s license.
- Medical Examination – All drivers must pass a medical examination conducted by a licensed health care professional and be issued a medical examiner’s certificate, which must be carried at all times and be renewed every year.
- MVR – Motor vehicle record check will be made of all driving-related activities.
- Criminal History Review – All drivers are subject to a criminal history review by the Pennsylvania State Police to determine if the individual has a record indicating a criminal concern. Criminal history clearances are subject to a periodic review.
- Federal Criminal History Record Check – Drivers are subject to an FBI record check to determine if the individual has a federal recording indicating a criminal concern.
- Child Abuse Review – All drivers are subject to a review by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare to determine if the individual has a record indicating a child abuse concern. Child abuse clearances are subject to a periodic review.
- CDL Permit – All potential drivers must obtain a commercial driving license permit. If there is an outstanding citation, a CDL permit will not be issued until the citation is rectified.
- CDL License – All school bus drivers must possess a valid CDL license with passenger and school bus endorsements.
- Drug and Alcohol Testing - The district requires school vehicle drivers to submit to the following drug and alcohol tests:
- Reasonable suspicion;
- Know the rules, understand, and accept responsibility for their actions.
- Be respectful of the rights of other students.
- Be on time at bus stop locations at home and at school. They should leave home in time to reach the bus stop five (5) minutes before the scheduled pickup and avoid playing when waiting for a bus, especially right next to the roadway. Present clear safety procedures for walking on the highway or crossing roadways.
- Be aware of the dangers involved in the loading and unloading zones, including the dangers involved with loose clothing, clothing accessories, and personal items that can drop under the bus.
- Enter and leave the bus at school loading and unloading zones and at bus stops in an orderly fashion and follow instructions. They must be careful about their own safety and the safety of others. They must move without haste, crowding, or pushing.
- Upon entering the bus, go directly to their seats and remain seated until instructed to stand and unload.
- Keep the aisle clear at all times. Books, lunch boxes, instruments, and book bags must be placed under the seat or held on the student’s lap. Do not block the aisle!
- Refrain from loud conversation, unnecessary noise, and boisterous conduct.
- Use appropriate language (e.g., no profanity permitted).
- Never bring tobacco, glass containers, weapons, drugs, alcohol, or any other items that could distract the driver on the bus.
- Keep all body parts and other objects inside the school bus. The driver will tell students when they may open and close windows.
- Never tamper with or block emergency exits.
- Keep hands and feet off other children and their possessions. Throwing materials, hitting, pushing, spitting, biting, tripping, and rough behavior will not be tolerated.
- Never tamper with or destroy the school bus. Students can be prosecuted for doing so.
- Remain silent while the school bus is stopped at railroad crossings.
- Be aware that transportation can be ultimately denied to students who act inappropriately.
- Keep the school bus clean. Do not leave trash behind.
Other frequently requested information:
Inclement Weather Procedures:
The decisions not to open the schools or to delay their opening will be announced on the school district web site, WJAC TV, WTAJ TV, Sunny 106, WPXZ 104.1, Mega Rock 105.5, WOKW 102.9, The Hound 97.5, and WPSU.
Non-public students will be transported under the same guidelines as public children. When the district closes due to inclement weather, the district will not transport students to any school. Also, when the district goes on a two- (2) hour delayed schedule, transportation to all schools will be delayed two (2) hours.
In the event that a non-public school is on a two-hour delay and the DuBois Area School District is on a regular schedule, all non-public schools will be bused in accordance with the DuBois Area School District schedule.
A decision not to open district schools constitutes a decision that all transportation of district public and non-public students has been suspended. Any non-public students whose schools are in session must provide their own transportation to and from their appropriate school.
The purpose for using digital video recorders on school buses is to aid in the safe transportation of student passengers.
A digital video recorder device with a camera and microphone is installed on all district-contracted school buses. The digital recorder will be mounted in the vehicle to ensure its accessibility to authorized district personnel only. Only authorized district personnel are permitted access to any of the surveillance equipment. A warning notice will be posted in each bus notifying passengers that they are not to expect privacy and that their actions on the bus are monitored by a video and audio surveillance system.
The purpose of the two-way radio communication system is to improve the efficiency of the district’s transportation system and to ensure the safety of passengers. Radio communications are installed on all district-contracted school buses. The radios are mounted in the vehicles to ensure their accessibility to the driver.