School Bus Driver

A bus driver, bus operator or omnibus driver is a person who drives buses professionally. Bus drivers typically drive their vehicles between bus stations or stops. They often drop off and pick up passengers on a predetermined route schedule. In British English a different term, coach drivers, is used for drivers on long-distance routes and school trips.


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If a kid throws up, while in route to school, how would you handle the situation?
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Healthcare
Hours per Week
Education
60%
Hard
Provided
30 Hrs/Wk
Education Requirements

All bus drivers must have a commercial driverís license (CDL). The qualifications for getting one vary by state but generally include passing both knowledge and driving tests. States have the right to not issue a license to someone who has had a CDL suspended by another state.

Work Environment

School bus drivers or special-client bus drivers are usually employed by a school district or private transportation company that contracts with a district to provide bus service. Some school bus service is provided by a local government.

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School Bus Driver Reviews

Jul 1, 2014
Why did you choose this profession?
I truly enjoy driving, taking care of kids and safety, and the hours of operation.
What do you enjoy about being a School Bus Driver?
Hours of operation, getting the kids to school in a timely and safety manner.
Jul 2, 2014
Why did you choose this profession?
I was a current school employee and the District needed more bus drivers so I applied for the training.
What do you enjoy about being a School Bus Driver?
I like being outdoors, working with children. I like to drive.
What areas do you dislike about being a School Bus Driver?
Sometimes the parents can be more problems than the students!
What special skills does it take to be a School Bus Driver?
I am a good listener, good with people and children and am a very good driver.
Aug 5, 2014
Why did you choose this profession?
Community service, concern for welfare and safety of the children.
Aug 5, 2014
Why did you choose this profession?
I get to drive a bus and make a positive impression on the next generation.
What do you enjoy about being a School Bus Driver?
Driving and making a positive impression on kids of today.
Aug 6, 2014
Why did you choose this profession?
Because I enjoying working with Young people and I would like to make a postive difference in their livesBy being patient, caring, Fair and treat each child with respect.
What do you enjoy about being a School Bus Driver?
I enjoy greeting My students as I pick them up in the morning and off the bus in the afternoon. I also enjoy interacting with my Students.

School Bus Driver Pros

Pro #1:
The pros to a being a in the profession of a School bus driver is the ability to work with students from diverse populations. To know that you are providing safe and timely transportation to children. Also to act as a community leader to the students.
Jan 1, 1970
Pro #2:
Need to professional looking and know the job needs.
Jan 1, 1970
Pro #3:
To maintain safety for the kids inside the school bus.
Jan 1, 1970
Pro #4:
I get to drive a bus and make a positive impression on the next generation.
Jan 1, 1970
Pro #5:
Pros would be interaction with the children.
Jan 1, 1970
Pro #6:
Though it can be a challenging job, it could be so rewarding. You are apart of a kids whole school experience.
Jan 1, 1970
Pro #7:
Hours of work working with children.
Jan 1, 1970
School Bus Driver Interview Questions
Top
1. If a kid throws up, while in route to school, how would you handle the situation?
Top Answer
Pull the bus over clean up as much as I could, and continue with my route.
Second Best
I would pull the bus over, clean up what I could then continue with my route.
3.
I would stop th bus, perform first aide, and inform my dispatch.
4.
Move him to the front, hand him a bag and inform the school.
5.
I would pull over and attend to the student and administer first aid and do a quick clean up then notify the school.
6.
First I would find a safe place to pull the bus over then attend the child with the first aid kit. Clean up as much as possible and the radio in to my supervisor for further instructions.
7.
First, I will pull over the bus to stop and then do the first aid things necessary to the kid and do temporary cleaning. Then i will inform the school.
2. Getting kids to school to learn and become educated is a serious matter, will you be willing to devote your time in accomplishing this?
Top Answer
Yes I take pride in knowing iam helping are furture generration.
Second Best
Yes I am a supportive of kids becoming educated. So they can move on to become a contributing person to society later in life.
3.
As a bus driver I will make sure the children arrive to school safely and if help is needed give the best answer.
4.
Yes. I will be willing to devote my time in accomplishing this.
5.
Yes, I am a person who has a general knowledge background in education and current events.
6.
Yes this is very important to me to make sure that the students are on time edcuation is very important.
7.
Yes, i am happy to. i would want the same from the person that is bringing my child to school.
3. What do you think would be the most rewarding aspect of driving a school bus?
Top Answer
The most rewarding aspect of driving a bus would be getting the students to school on time in a safely mannner and interacting with the students.
Second Best
Knowing that Parents are trusting me as a bus driver with their children.
3.
I love children of all ages, knowing that they are going to get a good education by me getting them to school on time and safe.
4.
Helping assist those whom would not have any other means of transporation
5.
Getting the passengers to their destination safely.
6.
Interacting with the students is rewarding because I am the first positive face they get to see before they arrive to school. So its important to me that they have a pleasant greeting to help them off to a great day at school.
7.
Working with students from diverse populations and different age groups. I am assisting those arrive their destination in a safe and timely manner.
4. If I were to ask your previous employer about how many days you missed over the last year, what would he say?
Top Answer
Unless It was hospital related I was always at work.
Second Best
I only took off when nessasary.
3.
Three weeks due to medical reasons, but prior to that i never missed any days for three years.
4.
He will say i didn't missed over the last year.
5.
I had only called off sick in 2 1/2 years 2 times.
6.
He would tell you that I have only missed days that were absolutely necessary, as when my children became sick and I had no choice but to stay home with them.
7.
None.
5. Will you be willing to work off-hours for field trips, sporting activities?
Top Answer
Yes I love doing this job.
Second Best
Yes I am willing to participate in off hour activities.
3.
Yes looking forward to learning the community activities.
4.
Yes, Getting extra income comes in handy.
5.
Yes, I feel it also my duty to be involved in extracarucalar activities.
6.
Yes! Not only would i injoy being apart of the field trip, i would gain more experiance in long distance travel.
7.
Yes especially if it will enhance my long distance travel and become involved in the community.
6. If an older student kicks a younger student out of a seat, how would you handle the situation?
Top Answer
I will talk to him in polite way and ask him to find another seat.
Second Best
I would ask the older student to please move to another seat in order to diffuse the situation.
3.
I would politely ask the older student to remove his/her from the seat.If he/she refuses, I will report to the school and my supervisor.
4.
Let the younger student kick the crap out of the older student while he or she is held down. Ah, karma...
5.
I would politely ask the older student to remove him or herself from the seat. If he/she refuses I would report it to the principal
6.
Ask the older student to sit in front of the bus and see if the youger child is ok.report this to the boss.
7.
I would nicely ask the older student to leave that seat and find another. If they refuse, I would report this incident to the principal.
7. How do you plan to adapt to many different bus routes?
Best Answer
Once I am notified with by bus route. I would drive the route for me to get familiar.
8. Have you ever been convicted of a felony?
Top Answer
No.
Second Best
No.
3.
why do you want to be a busdriver
4.
No, I have never been convicted of a felony.
5.
Never in my hole life.
6.
Yes a for spray painting.
9. What experiences do you have driving a large vehicle?
Top Answer
I drove a school bus for 15 years.
Second Best
I have a little experience in driving a large vehicle but i am willing to learn more.
3.
I have 12 years experience drivinng school bus and coach bus.
4.
Eighteen wheeler.
5.
No experience.
6.
Im driven since 1992 so i think i can use this experience here in this company,and be part and helpe this teem.
7.
I have experience driving truck trailer.
10. Driving a school bus requires arriving at the bus depot at 6am, are you okay waking up this early every school day?
Top Answer
Yes, I will make sure I wake up in plenty of time to make sure I am on time.
Second Best
Yes, I always arrive early for work, because of traffice or weather.
3.
Yes, i would be happy to to have a job that needed me is wonderful.
4.
Yes I would be able to commit to being at the bus depot at 6 am, especially since its about loving your job and looking forward to each and every day.
5.
Its not about getting up in the morning, its about loving your job and looking foward to each and every day.
6.
Yes, I wake up every day at 4am.
7.
Yes.Since I'm going to school part time,I have to wake up at a early time to catch my pubis transportation in the mornings to get to my classes on time.
11. If a fight breaks out while in route to school, how would you handle the situation?
Top Answer
I would pull the bus over when I can safely and separate the children and put them in the front two seats.
Second Best
I would notify dispatch of physical alteration on bus and inform them that I'll be stopping the bus on the side of the road in a safe location to break up the fight.
3.
I would notify dispatch of physical alteration on bus and inform them that I'll be stopping the bus on the side of the road in a safe location to break up the fight.
4.
I would notify dispatch that an altercation has occurred on the bus and I would also inform them that I would be stopping the bus on the side of the road in a safe location to intervene in the altercation.
5.
I would notify dispatch of the fight to inform them that i will be pulling over in a safe area to stop the fight. if i am unable to stop the fight i would ask one of their friends to assist in stopping the fight. if still unable call for assistance. if successful have one of the students sit at the front of the bus.
6.
I would call dispatch and then try to pull over to stop it . Then I would go into school and report incident to principal.
7.
yes i stop the bus with geyar.i chang geyar down
12. What experiences do you have dealing with children?
Top Answer
I was a school teacher.
Second Best
Well I have one child of my own, girl scout troop, cheerleading, softball, lunch room supervisor, hs security.
3.
I have been a mom for 25yrs. I also have volenteered in the kids classes and for my daughters girlscout troop.
4.
I have little experience.
5.
I am working for customer service from long time,so i have a lot of experience.
6.
I have some experience.
7.
25yrs of being a mom and volunteering at school class rooms,girl scouts, and arthritis camp.
13. How many accidents have you been involved in through your entire driving record?
Top Answer
There have been no accidents.
Second Best
Only one minor accident.
3.
I have been involved in only one.
4.
2 light car accidents involv in my record.but no have any heavy bus accident complan
5.
None, i'm am a very safe driver.
6.
I have never been involved in any accidents I pride myself in being a safe driver.
7.
I was involved with one minor colision accident with no fault.
14. How would you handle a situation on your bus in which a student attempted to or did physically harm you or another student?
Top Answer
Pull the bus over at a safe desination. Diffuse the situation the call into transportation.
Second Best
Inform office, pull bus over and wait for instructions.
3.
Stop bus in a safe destination, call dispatch and attempt break up or stop student from harming another.
4.
Stop and secure the bus, radio in the incident and remove the child from the area where the incident occured.
5.
I will park the Bus to the safe place and talk to the student and let my supervisor know about the case.
6.
Pull the bus over to a safe spot and difuse the situation.
7.
I would pull over to the side of the road and call my supervisor and if needed I would call 911 and the school.
15. What would your last employer say about your dependency and trust?
Top Answer
She is very dependable and trustworthy. Every day she comes in early and she deals with large amounts of money and clients profiles.
Second Best
Excellent
3.
That in five years of driving a school bus I did not miss one day.
4.
that im a very responsible person and that i always show up on time
5.
Good, They trust me to count their safe so i would say they trusted me very much!
6.
That I was VERY dependable and very trustworthy.
7.
Oer average.
16. If an older student kicks a younger student out of a seat, how would you handle this situation?
Best Answer
As the older student to move to another seat in order to diffuse the situation.
2.
I would tell the older student to sit in another seat.
3.
I will talk to the older student politely to stop it and bring them to the from seat.
4.
1. Pull over the bus at a safety location; 2. Politely ask the older student to remove her/him from the seat; 3.If he/she refuses, report to the principle.
17. A student you are not familiar with boards your bus, and insist he always gets dropped off at a friends house, how would you handle this situation?
Top Answer
I would take his name and contact the school and my supervisor for direction.
Second Best
I would ask for students name and inform the school and my supervisor for direction.
3.
I would write down her/his name and contact school and supervisor for the direction.
4.
I would tell him no inform the school and my supervisor.
5.
I would contact the school in dispatch for assistance.
6.
I will say no to him and he should contact the school administrator or principal.
18. What previous jobs have you held?
Top Answer
Military, security guard and caretaker.
Second Best
I have worked as a office administrator and presently I work as a bank teller. Both jobs has allowed me to work with people every day.
3.
School bus driver, office manager for real estate.
4.
A driver for kodak transportation, dhl, pharmaceutical, medical secretary.
5.
Drove a school bus for 15 years.
6.
i am working in fast food resturant dealing with the customer
7.
Bus driver.
19. Are you prepared to undergo an intensive training program that may take a minimum of six days?
Best Answer
Yes, there is never enough training for the safety of a childs transportaion.
2.
Yes. This job require a lot of skills so I will enjoy it.
3.
Yes. I am prepared to undergo an intensive training program that may take a minimum of six days.
20. Why do you want to become a school bus driver?
Top Answer
I really enjoy driving.
Second Best
I am a very skilled driver. I enjoy working with children. And the hours required to drive a school bus work well with my family life.
3.
I am a very skilled driver. I enjoy working with children. And the hours required to drive a school bus work well with my family life.
4.
I like the challenge of the responsibility, caring for children and I love driving!
5.
Like the sound the bus makes and how it hisses.
6.
I would like to do something I would enjoy and I really enjoy working with children. I like the hours and the fact that you have the summer off.
7.
I love driving with the people.
21. If a kid continues to throw a paper airplane at you while in route to school, how would you handle the situation?
Top Answer
First, I will stop the bus and then talk to the kid to stop that action. If he repeats that then i will inform the school board and my supervisor.
Second Best
I will tell themm to stop and write an incident report as follow.
3.
Well if he is throwing them at me, I would ask him to stop. Possibly a 3 warning system. Confinscate his paper til we arrive at destination. A write up.
4.
I would tell the student this is his or her last warning and i will ask that the child be on a 3 day suspension.
5.
I would pull the bus over and talk to the student. If it continues I would report it to my supevisor.
6.
I would waite until the next safest place to pullover or designated stop to come to a complete stop and consult with the passenger. If they continue to continue to be unruley, I would place them near the front to control the situation.
7.
the first think i vill try to control the situation and then call to my supervisor
22. How well have you received training in the operations of a school bus?
Top Answer
well enough
Second Best
I have drove my children and other children to many events in and out of school. Can't wait to learn how to drive a bus.
3.
I have had over 40 hours of passenger bus training.
4.
Very well.
5.
All sefty training.
6.
Arrived at the bus depot at 6:00am be on time will not be a problem.
7.
To date I have had no school bus training.
23. Are you on a medication that might impair you to drive a bus?
Top Answer
No. I am not on a medication that might impair me to drive a bus.
Second Best
No, I am not on any medication that might impair my driving a bus.
3.
No , nothing . I am ready to start work.
4.
I am not on any medication
5.
no
6.
No.
7.
No, I do not take any type of medication.
24. Do you have the patience to drive a school bus?
Top Answer
Yes, I am prepared for situations that might occur.
Second Best
Yes. I'm prepared in dealing with unexpected situations.
3.
Yes, I do have the patience to drive a school bus.
4.
Yes, I have dealt with similiar situations while as a bus operator while enlisted in the army.
5.
I believe so. I have held positions working with the public before.
6.
Yes, I have been around 80 foster children with many different personalities all my life. I'm use to a group of kids.
7.
I do have patience in driving a school bus.
25. How many hours did you log driving a large vehicle during your training?
Top Answer
I have never received training to drive large vehicles but I have 10 years of driving safely.
Second Best
I logged approximatelyt 6o hours during my training for driving a school bus.
3.
I never been recived training but i have much experience driving
4.
8.
5.
I never been recived training but i have much experience driving.
6.
100 hours of driving.
7.
I never been recived training but I have much experience driving.