Job Category
Exemption Status/Test
Non Exempt
Reports To
Route Supervisor
Date Revised
Primary Purpose

Operate a school bus providing safe and orderly transportation of students and other personnel on assigned routes to and from home to designated school and facility locations.


Education Certification


High school diploma or GED

Clear and valid driver’s license with CDL certification and P and S endorsements (or the ability to obtain such license)

DOT Medical Examiner’s Certificate including a clear drug and alcohol screen (or the ability to obtain the MEC)

Satisfactory annual driver’s license and criminal history check

Successful completion of all state and local training courses

Must be at least 21 years of age


Prior experience as a certified school bus driver

Special Knowledge/Skills

Ability to operate a school bus

Ability to complete required bus driver safety training

Ability to manage student behavior for safe transport to and from school

Ability to verbally interact with staff, parents, students and the public in a positive manner

Ability to communicate effectively and appropriately via two-way radios

Ability to pass annual and random Dept. of Transportation physical/drug and alcohol testing

Ability to read maps/interpret directions for assigned route

Ability to follow written and verbal instructions

Ability to physically perform front and rear door bus evacuations

Ability to read and understand documents, including policies and procedure manuals


Prior experience as a certified school bus driver

Major Responsibilities and Duties
  • Safely transport students to and from school and other school events on time per the bus route stop sheets or field trip instructions.
  • Instruct students on safe procedures for boarding and exiting a school bus.
  • Instruct and enforce school bus passenger rules and regulations.
  • Supervise students while they board, exit, and cross the street.
  • Perform safe and orderly evacuation of students from bus during emergencies.
  • Conduct emergency evacuation practice drills as instructed.
  • Complete daily pre-trip and post-trip inspection report.
  • Report any mechanical issues or failures to the maintenance service writer.
  • Ensure proper condition of emergency equipment, such as first aid kit, fire extinguisher, flags fuses, crowbar, and reflector.
  • Drive assigned route daily while adhering to established stop schedules and delivering students to the assigned bus stops.
  • Before stopping, operate stop sign and flashing lights on bus to alert traffic.
  • Anticipate problems such as traffic, weather, road conditions, and schedule changes and make necessary adjustments to ensure student safety and reduce delays.
  • Follow assigned bus route as designed and make every stop on stop sheet.
  • Follow safety procedures to ensure driver and all passengers are safe.
  • Display professionalism in dealing with students, parents, staff, and community.
  • Approach problem solving tactfully with directness and integrity.
  • Exert a positive influence and work in harmony with associates.
  • Respond to suggestions for improvement in a positive manner.
  • Observe all traffic laws and safety regulations for school buses.
  • Keep assigned bus clean and tidy.
  • Maintain professional appearance and do not wear open toe shoes.
  • Be mentally alert and physically able to perform all job functions.
  • Report all accidents to proper authorities with required information and within the appropriate time frame.
  • Demonstrate support for and compliance with Garland ISD policies and procedures.
  • Maintain discipline and use appropriate and effective behavior management control over student passengers.
  • Report student discipline problems on designated forms and/or report to the Student Safety and Discipline Officer.
  • Perform other duties assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • None.        
Tools/Equipment Used

School bus; safety equipment (flares, reflective signs); fire extinguisher; radio communication equipment


Ability to sit for prolonged periods; occasional bending/stooping; pushing/pulling; and twisting


Prolonged sitting and reaching; repetitive hand and arm motions


Occasional light lifting and carrying (less than 25 pounds)


Work outside and inside with moderate exposure to extreme temperatures (hot and cold) and weather conditions; moderate exposure to vehicle fumes; work irregular hours as needed

Mental Demands

Maintain emotional control under stress