01.04.12 - Bus Driver Job Description

Bus Driver Job Description Policy Number and Laste Update

Title: Bus Driver

Reports to: Director/Site Supervisor

Supervises: None

FLSA: Non-Exempt

General Summary

Under the general supervision of the Director or Site Supervisor, the Bus Driver has the primary responsibility for ensuring the health, safety and welfare of the children, staff and volunteers during bus transportation to and from the center and on field trips. It is also the role of the Bus Driver to: guarantee that the bus is clean and in proper working condition at all times; determine and follow safe and efficient bus routes; ensure all children are in age appropriate child safety restraints; assist in ensuring child/staff ratio is maintained on the bus and provide day to day guidance to the Bus Aides; maintain all transportation records required by the program; ensure bus evacuation drills are held at least monthly; and, evacuate children in case of emergency The Bus Driver also acts as a link between the parents and the Head Start program.

Essential Functions:

  1. Ensures the safety and well-being of children and adults being transported to and from the program and on field trips.
  2. Arranges for the annual state inspection of the bus(as) before program begins to transport children; assures, with prior approval, purchases and/or repairs are made pursuant to state inspection.
  3. Completes a comprehensive written inspection of the bus daily, reporting any conditions of concern to the Director, or delegated staff person, before transporting children.
  4. Ensures that the communication device (e.g. two-way radio, cellular phone) is in proper working order before each trip.
  5. Arranges for and ensures completion of routine maintenance of bus (e.g., oil change); transporting the bus to and from maintenance and/or repair facilities.
  6. Ensures that the bus always has sufficient fuel.
  7. Ensures that there is always fresh drinking water on the bus.
  8. In consultation with the Director, develops and follows efficient and safe written bus routes that ensure no child will be on the bus more than one hour.
  9. Operates bus in such a way that road and safety regulations are always followed; reports any traffic violations to the Director immediately.
  10. With the assistance of Bus Aides, ensures all children are in age appropriate child safety restraints at all times during transportation.
  11. Assists with ensuring child/staff ratios are maintained on the bus and provides day to day guidance to the Bus Aides.
  12. With the assistance of the Bus Aides, follows safe bus loading and unloading procedures.
  13. Follows procedures to guarantee no child is left alone on bus without adult supervision at any time, including insuring all children have departed bus at the end of all bus routes (morning, evening and during field trips or other special trips).
  14. With the assistance of the Bus Aides, assures that children who are visibly sick or complaining of feeling sick remain with their family. (Follows IMHSP Short-term Exclusion and Readmission Policy). Informs designated staff person at the center of those children who will be absent.
  15. With the assistance of the Bus Aides, assures children's medications are received from parents and delivered to center following the delegate's procedures.
  16. Follows other procedures developed by the delegate for receiving children (e.g., with assistance of Bus Aides, ensures children are freshly diapered; toys and bottles are left with parents, etc.)
  17. Keeps the bus clean and free of debris; follows other bus cleaning procedures.
  18. Routinely inventories bus emergency and first aid supplies and equipment, reports needs to the Director, or delegated staff person.
  19. With the Family Partnership Coordinator, identifies those persons authorized by the parents/guardians to receive the children. Delivers children only to the authorized persons. Follows IMSHSP Child Sign-In/Sign-Out procedures.
  20. With the assistance of Bus Aides, delivers messages and other items to and from the parents.
  21. Prepares aides and children for bus drills and ensures bus evacuation drills are held at least monthly. Documents all drills in writing.
  22. Assists in other transportation training of bus aides, teachers, children and volunteers.
  23. In case of accidents/emergencies, evacuates children according to written and practiced procedures.
  24. In the event of an accident, assures that medical emergency procedures are followed; completes a written accident report as required by delegate's procedure and other authorities.
  25. Attends and participates in center pre-service and in-service trainings, and other continuing education, career and professional development opportunities.
  26. Participates in the agency's self-evaluation process and grantee monitoring visits, as requested, and complies with any Program Improvement Plans developed.
  27. Performs other duties, as 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 


Possess a current Commercial Driver's License (CDL), hold a current School Bus Driver's Permit, and be certified in First Aid and CPR for all age groups transported.


Successful experience as a School Bus Driver preferred. Knowledge of the challenges and strengths of low-income and migrant families. Effective oral and written communication skills commensurate with the responsibilities of the position are required. Bilingual, both oral and written, ability (English/Spanish) is preferred.

Additional Requirements:

Ability to pass an annual Illinois School Bus Driver's physical which includes a tuberculosis test and drug test. Must be able to comply with background check, including fingerprints, as required by the agency and/or Illinois Licensing Agency. Regular access to a reliable vehicle; have a valid Illinois driver's license and vehicle insurance. Ability to present a positive image of the organization to members of the community. Visual and auditory acuity within professionally determined normal ranges, with correction if needed. Must be free of communicable diseases and breathing impairments. Manual dexterity sufficient to operate the bus, conduct pre-trip inspections, and clean the bus. Must have effective organizational, problem solving, and time management skills. Ability to learn and comprehend information from Procedures Manuals and other materials. Ability to comprehend and follow traffic signs required. Must be able to physically move through the bus, center and classrooms. Ability to lift 55 pounds is required. Ability to perform responsibilities under pressure and in cases of accidents or other emergencies. Successful experience working as an effective member of a team desirable. Experience successfully working with a culturally diverse staff & clients also desirable. Must possess personal qualifications as required in Section 407.100 of the Illinois Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers, including: emotional maturity, willingness to cooperate with the aims of Head Start, respect for children and adults from various cultures and backgrounds, flexibility, patience, good personal hygiene, and physical and mental health that do not interfere with responsibilities.

Working Conditions:

Tasks that involve infrequent exposure to blood, bodily fluids or tissues. Risk involved with travel on main highway, side streets and rural roads during business travel, including evenings and weekends. Tasks that involve handling implements or utensils, use of public or shared bathroom facilities or telephones and personal contacts are Category III tasks. Possible exposure to communicable diseases. This job involves sitting for long periods as well as stooping, squatting, lifting, carrying, pushing and climbing. Able to work a flexible schedule. Must be able to travel, enter, and exit a vehicle without assistance and withstand exposure to adverse weather conditions. Random drug tests may be performed.

The qualifications listed above are guidelines for selection purposes; alternative qualifications may be substituted if sufficient to perform the duties.