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Shenandoah County Public Schools
Procedures for School Bus Driver Endorsement

    Contained in this document you will find the steps that you must take to

become licensed as a school bus driver. The document is broken down into

three (3) phases to simplify the process as much as possible. Failure to

successfully move from one phase to the next or within a particular phase may

hinder or eliminate your chances of receiving a school bus driver endorsement.

 

Phase I: Application and CDL Learner Permit Process 

 

  • Complete an on-line application for a position as a Shenandoah County  

School Bus Driver @ www.shenandoah.k12.va.us .

  • School board policy also says that you must have a high school diploma

or a general education degree; or one to three months related experience

and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Please sign your name in the space provided certifying that you

have one of the above. By placing your initials in the space provided you

are certifying that you have either a high school diploma or a GED.

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  • Take and pass a test (4 different parts) at DMV to obtain your CDL

earners permit. The learners permit (school bus and passenger

endorsement) is required for you to proceed to the next step. A copy of

this permit will be placed in your file.

  • A copy of your DMV record must be provided. Your DMV record indicates

to us whether or not you are in good standing. If you have a good record

you will move to the next phase provided that the 2 items above are met.

  • If you are not in good standing you will be eliminated from consideration.

You will be fingerprinted by our Human Resources Department and a

Criminal Background Check will be accomplished. If you have

anything on your record, you may be eliminated from consideration. In

fact, if you have been convicted of a felony, it is illegal for the school

system to employ you.

  • After successful completion of phase I, you will be scheduled for the next

phase.

 You must attend and complete 24-hours of formal training.

 

Phase II: 24 Hours of Classroom Training

 

  • You will be asked to complete the Department of Education Bus Driver

Physical and secure a TB test from a doctor or the health department. We

are required by law to have a negative test on file. A positive test will

eliminate you from consideration. You will be provided all documentation

on the first day of training and you must complete and return this

paperwork before moving into Phase III.

  • Complete the attached document certifying that you are entering the bus

driver training for the sole purpose of becoming a school bus driver.

  • Successfully complete drug and alcohol training. In addition, you will be

tested for drugs and alcohol as part of this process. A positive test for

either will eliminate you from consideration. A record of successful

completion will be placed in your file.

 

Phase III : Requirements

  • Successfully complete 24 hours of classroom training which is conducted

by the school bus driver trainers. A record of successful completion will

be placed in your file.

  • Successfully complete a minimum of 14 hours on the road with a bus

driver trainer. You will drive each type of bus that is currently in our fleet.

A record of successful completion will be placed in your file.

  • Successfully complete a pre-trip inspection. A record of successful

completion will be placed in your file.

  • Pass a road test conducted by a bus driver trainer to obtain your CDL

from DMV. A record of successful completion will be placed in your file.

  • Successfully complete a minimum of 10 hours of training with one of the

bus drivers that is under contract with the School Board. Students will be

on the bus for this training and you will actually drive the route of the

driver that is training you. A record of successful completion will be

placed in your file.

  • Successfully complete and return a physical using the EB-001 School Bus

Driver's Application For Physician's Certificate by a doctor that is in the

approved network system. This physical is paid by the school

board and one of the bus driver trainers will supply you with a copy of

this form. The completed form will be placed in your file. We reserve the

right to have the physical completed during any phase of this process.

This is an annual requirement and must be completed prior to operating a

school bus.

  • After you have successfully completed the above requirements you will be

given a letter from the supervisor or director of transportation indicating

that you have successfully completed all of the requirements to become a

school bus driver. A copy of this letter will be placed in your file.

  • Your signature below indicates that you have read and understand all

phases of the process to become a school bus driver. Your signature also

certifies that you understand that you may be eliminated from

consideration at any point in this process.

Applicant's Signature ____________________________ Date __