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School Bus Driver Qualifications

Qualifications Needed to Become an School Bus Driver for West Babylon Schools

Before Being Employed
CDL Class A or B license with a P (passenger) & S (school bus) endorsement
Must be 21 years of age to drive a school bus
Driving Abstract checked for tickets and accidents
Three personal references
Interview with Transportation Supervisor and Head Bus Driver
Road test with Transportation Supervisor or Head Bus Driver
Interview with Executive Director for Human Resources
Interview with Superintendent of Schools
Approval by the Board of Education
Superintendent’s Approval in writing
Fingerprinting (criminal history background check processed through NYS Division of
Criminal Justice Service and Federal Bureau of Investigation)
19A or D.O.T physical (Pre Employment)
Physical Performance Test
Drug Test (Pre Employment)
SED-3 Hour pre-service completed before transporting students

Within First Year Driving
Must complete 30 hour basic course or have complete a basic course

Every Year
Minimum of 2 two-hour refresher training sessions (given by a School Bus Driver Instructor)
19A or D.O.T medical physical
Annual Defensive Driving Performance review (by a 19A Inspector)
Must perform the first bus safety drills on each route within the first seven daysof start of school
Annual review and personal interview of driving record
Superintendent’s approval in writing
Subject to random drug and alcohol testing

Every Two Years
Behind the Wheel Road Test (given by a 19A Inspector)
Written or Oral Test (given by a 19A Inspector)
Physical Performance Test (given by a School Bus Driver Instructor)