Responsibilities of School Bus Driver
To be in good physical condition
To inspect the bus before each trip
To drive safely at all times
To obey all laws
In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, anyone wishing to drive a school bus must have
- A valid Pennsylvania driver's license
- A valid Pennsylvania CDL with the, "Passenger Air Brake School Bus" endorsement
Along with the required licensing, a Pennsylvania School Bus Driver must also:
Comply with Pennsylvania Department of Health and any local school district regulations and policies regarding communicable diseases
Have a clean criminal history record
Have a clean child abuse history record
Have no record of motor vehicle crashes or traffic violations determined to be excessive in number
Be drug and alcohol-free when driving, and must not consume any alcoholic beverages within eight (8) hours prior to operating a school bus
A Pennsylvania School Bus Driver must renew his/her school bus certification every four (4) years, completing a minimum of ten (10) hours of instruction and the "S" endorsement knowledge and skills examinations. The instruction must include seven (7) hours of classroom training and three (3) hours of in-bus training.
Additionally, in order to maintain a valid school bus endorsement, each driver must pass an annual physical examination given by a physician appointed or approved by the local school board.