|6A-3.0141 Employment of School Bus Drivers.
(1) School bus drivers are defined as any persons employed or contracted to the school district to transport prekindergarten through grade 12 students in school buses as defined in Section 234.05 1, Florida Statutes.
(2) At the time of initial employment the school board shall assure that the driver of a school bus meets the following requirements:
(a) Has five (5) years of licensed driving experience.
(b) Has submitted to the superintendent a written application for employment in a form prescribed by the school board.
(c) Has filed a set of fingerprints for the purpose of the required background check for determining criminal record.
(3) Form ESE 479, Physical Examination for School Bus Driver and Medical Examiners Certificate is hereby incorporated by reference and made a part of this rule to become effective November 1994. This form may be obtained from the Administrator of School Transportation Management Section or Information Services and Accountability, Division of Planning, Budgeting, and Management, Department of Education, The Florida Education Center, Tallahassee, Florida 32399.
(4) Prior to transporting students on a school bus each driver shall meet the following requirements:
(a) Hold a valid commercial driver license with passenger endorsement.
(b) Successfully complete forty (40) hours of preservice training consisting of at least twenty (20) hours of classroom instruction and eight (8) hours of behind-the-wheel training based upon the Department's Basic School Bus Driver Curriculum which is hereby incorporated by reference and made a part of this rule. This document may be obtained from the Bureau of Career Development, Department of Education, The Florida Education Center, Tallahassee, Florida 32399, at a cost not to exceed actual production and distribution costs.
(c) Demonstrate the ability to prepare required written reports.
(d) Be physically capable of operating the vehicle as determined by a physical examination, Form ESE 479, prescribed by the Commissioner and given by a physician designated by the school board and as determined by a dexterity test administered by the school district.
(e) Demonstrate physical and mental capabilities required to carry out all assigned responsibilities as a school bus driver.
(5) A certification of training provided by the Commissioner shall be issued by the district to each driver successfully completing the forty (40) hours of preservice training.
(6) Each district school board shall obtain a drivers history record from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles for each regular school bus driver, substitute driver, or any other individual certified to drive a school bus by the district. The schedule for reviewing these records shall be:
(a) Prior to initial employment;
(b) Prior to the first day of the fall semester.
(c) Thereafter, the district shall continuously screen driver records using the automated weekly updates, ensuring proper retrieval documentation for every week, or
(d) In the event a continuous weekly update is not performed as described in paragraph (6)(c) of this rule, school districts will perform required driving record checks prior to the first day of each semester of the regular school year, and prior to the first day of summer school for any driver who will be transporting students during summer school.
(7) Driver history records shall be requested in a manner prescribed by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles using the Automated School Bus Driver's License Record Check System through the Department's data base. All school districts shall obtain and review records for school bus drivers using the automated data base system. For any driver licensed in another state, the district shall obtain and review the driver's history record from the appropriate state.
(8) Each school district shall establish a school board policy that specifies which infractions of the traffic code deem an applicant unqualified for hire and which causes any employee to be subject to a prescribed follow-up action. At a minimum, this policy shall state that any district employee who knowingly operates a school bus with a suspended or revoked license shall be subject to dismissal by the school board.
(9) At least annually, the school district shall assure that the driver of a school bus meets the following requirements,
(a) The requirements of paragraph (4)(a) of this rule.
(b) Successfully complete a minimum of eight (8) hours of inservice training related to the driver's responsibilities for transporting students.
(c) Successfully pass a dexterity test administered by the school district and maintain a valid Medical Examiners Certificate.
(10) At the time of reemployment, the school board shall assure that each school bus driver meets all of the requirements of subsections (2) and (3) and paragraph (4)(a) of this rule. If not more than a twelve (12) continuous calendar month break in service has occurred, a driver shall be required to complete eight (8) hours of inservice training related to their responsibilities for transporting students prior to driving a school bus with students. If a period exceeding twelve (12) calendar months has occurred, the driver shall be required to successfully complete all of the requirements of subsections (2) through (5) of this rule.
(11) All school bus drivers, including those drivers employed by school districts with fifty (50) or fewer covered employees under the authority provided in this rule, shall be subject to the Federal requirements of 49 CFR, Parts 382 and 391 related to substance abuse testing and alcohol detection program.
Specific Authority 229.053(l), 234.02, 234.091, 234.101 FS. Law Implemented 112.044(3) 7 231.02(2)(a), 234.02, 234.091, 234.101, 322.03(l), 322.03(3) FS. History New 8-1-86, Amended 7-5-89,11-15-94,4-19-96.
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