Tips for Bus Drivers & Transportation Assistants
Transportation employees like you play an important role in the care and education of students. You possess distinct skills that are vital to quality school districts. You are an essential part of the school community. The safety and well being of students is in your hands.
Usually the first and last person a student sees each day is a transportation employee. The professional way that you handle situations determines how students, parents, the media and the community view our schools at large.
The following tips may help you as a transportation employee. If you have any questions, contact your Association President or your ISTA UniServ Director.
- Be firm, fair and consistent with students.
- Use the radio on the bus only to report problems or for assistance.
- Keep the bus clean.
- Let students off only at designated, regular bus stops.
- Learn the procedures for calling in if you are going to be late or absent.
- Check that the bus is properly maintained and report any faulty equipment to your supervisor immediately.
- Maintain your paperwork such as seating charts, routes and discipline logs.
- Allow only assigned students to ride the bus.
- Keep hands off students. Learn the district procedures and policies for breaking up student fights. Know the policy for referring students for discipline.
- Follow the dress code.
- Obey traffic laws.
- Do a thorough pre-trip check every day.
- At the last stop, check the bus for sleeping students.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions.