Bus Aide Job Description Policy Number and Last Update
(01.04.13e/01-2011)

Title: Bus Aide

Reports to: Delegate Director / Site Supervisor

Supervises: None

FLSA: Non-Exempt

General Summary

The Bus Aide assists in the safe and pleasant transportation of children enrolled in the program, under the direct supervision of the Center Director or Site Supervisor.

Essential Functions:

  1. Ensures the safety and well-being of children being transported to and from the program and on field trips on vehicles used by the program, including but not limited to:
    1. Helping children board the bus safely, including helping teachers prepare for departure (putting on coats and assuring that each child has his/her own belongings);
    2. Assuring that the bus driver is not distracted from the safe operation of the vehicle;
    3. Helping children safely get off the bus and into the custody (only) of those individuals authorized to receive them; and
    4. Retrieving any fallen objects during the bus ride.
  2. Follows and ensures mandated child restraint devise procedures, ensuring children are properly positioned and restrained (babies fastened in car seats, and seat belts for older children).
  3. Engages in activity that is:
    1. Safe and appropriate for a moving vehicle; and
    2. Consistent with Developmentally Appropriate Practices to make the trip pleasant and comfortable.
  4. In the event of an accident or emergency, assures the safe evacuation of children and adults passengers (following the Bus Evacuation Plan) and assists in assuring that all passengers are transported to the nearest hospital or to their private physician, as per Medical/Accident Emergency Plan.
  5. Assists in completing accident reports, when appropriate.
  6. Reports any traffic violations incurred by the Bus Driver to the Delegate Director or Site Supervisor.
  7. Attends all scheduled staff meetings, team meetings, and trainings, as requested.
  8. Supervises sign-in and sign-out procedures.
  9. Follows center's sick-child policy with regard to receiving children on the bus.
  10. Gives parents any notes or written materials sent from the center and distributes notes from parents to the appropriate center staff.
  11. Receives children's medicines from parents and returns them to parents.
  12. Answers parents' questions, if possible and tells them any pertinent Information about the child's bus ride or condition.
  13. Assists in maintaining the interior of the vehicle in a clean and safe operating condition.
  14. Assures that no child is ever left unsupervised on a bus.
  15. Performs other duties, as may be assigned.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by a person in this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties that may be performed in such a position.

Recommended Employment Qualifications

Experience: 

Personal or professional experience with basic child care.

Additional requirements: 

Be 18 years of age and it is preferred a Spanish speaking individual. Ability to pass a physical exam every two years and a TB test yearly. Must be able to comply with a background check as required by the Agency or IDCFS. Possess personal qualifications as required in Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers - emotional maturity, willingness to cooperate with the alms of the program, respect for children and adults, flexibility, patience, good personal hygiene, and physical and mental health which does not interfere with responsibilities. Must have good verbal communication skills and visual ability to observe children. Ability to fulfill responsibilities under pressure, including during emergencies.

Working Conditions:

Risk of exposure to blood, body fluids, or tissues. Risk involved with travel on main highways, side streets and rural roads during the transportation of children. Risk of exposure to communicable diseases. Must be able to lift 55 pounds, many times a day, climb into the school bus, walk around migrant camps, bend, kneel and squat frequently.

The qualifications listed above are guidelines for selection purposes; alternative qualifications

may be substituted if sufficient to perform the duties.