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Top 30 School Bus Driver Interview Questions

Question 1 of 32
What types of defensive driving techniques do you use?
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Question 2 of 32
How would you handle a situation on your bus in which a student attempted to or did physically harm you or another student?
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"My immediate response would be to protect myself or the child who was being threatened. If there was a weapon involved I would use force if necessary to remove the weapon from the student. I am not trained in law enforcement, but I am good at acting quickly and taking precautions to protect my students."
Are you experienced in preventing and managing violent incidents? Use your knowledge of behavioral management. How do you react in this type of emergency? "My immediate response would be to protect myself or the child who was being threatened. If there was a weapon involved I would use force if necessary to remove the weapon from the student. I am not trained in law enforcement, but I am good at acting quickly and taking precautions to protect my students." You will not be expected to have the perfect expert-level response to a complicated situation like this, but you will be expected to know how to act quickly and follow emergency procedures. If you're not sure what that would look like, be honest. Let them know you are willing to learn what it would take to handle violent situations.
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Question 3 of 32
If I were to ask your previous employer about how many days you missed over the last year, what would he say?
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How dependable are you? The proof is in the pudding! If you have missed more days of work than you can remember, you may have some explaining to do. It's possible that the interviewer may ask your previous employer the same question, so you will need to be honest. Keep in mind that taking a vacation day does not count against you, so there is no need to share those days. Missed only a couple of days? No problem! Taking sick days due to the flu or something more severe is understandable. Missed a week or more? Give a clear explanation, whether it be due to the birth of a child, death in the family or a surgery. Show that you are dependable in how you handled the situation responsibly, informing your employer ahead of time whenever possible.
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Question 4 of 32
If a fight breaks out while in route to school, how would you handle the situation?
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"Depending on the severity, I would probably stop the bus. I don't feel comfortable operating a large vehicle while there could be violence happening in my rear view mirror. I would rather resolve the issue before it escalates. Usually I need to separate the kids, but if I needed to I would discipline them as well."
"Depending on the severity, I would probably stop the bus. I don't feel comfortable operating a large vehicle while there could be violence happening in my rear view mirror. I would rather resolve the issue before it escalates. Usually I need to separate the kids, but if I needed to I would discipline them as well." Give an example that shows you can deal with these types of situations. Your ability to handle conflict between students will greatly improve the quality of life on your bus route and make you an even better driver!
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Question 5 of 32
How do you plan to adapt to many different bus routes?
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Question 6 of 32
Tell me about your experience operating a large vehicle.
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Question 7 of 32
What would your last employer say about your reliability?
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Question 8 of 32
Do you have any driver certifications?
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Question 9 of 32
If a kid throws up, while in route to school, how would you handle the situation?
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Question 10 of 32
If an older student kicks a younger student out of a seat, how would you handle this situation?
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Question 11 of 32
A person you do not know comes to your bus to pick up a kindergarten student. The student does not seem to know them. What would you do?
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Question 12 of 32
Are you willing to work as a substitute driver in all areas of the district?
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Question 13 of 32
A student changes seats several times. You have asked him to sit still without success. What would be your response?
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Question 14 of 32
You have entered a busy intersection and a passenger vehicle cuts in front of you. What would be your response?
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Question 15 of 32
What measures will you ensure to keep children safe?
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Question 16 of 32
Driving a school bus requires arriving at the bus depot at 6 AM. Will this work for you?
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Question 17 of 32
If a kid continues to throw a paper airplane at you while in route to school, how would you handle the situation?
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Question 18 of 32
What do you think would be the most rewarding aspect of driving a school bus?
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Question 19 of 32
What are some skills that make you a better school bus driver?
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Question 20 of 32
Tell me about your driver training.
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Question 21 of 32
How well do you control your temper?
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Question 22 of 32
Why do you want to be a school bus driver?
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Question 23 of 32
How do you make sure scheduled stops are on time?
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Question 24 of 32
If I were to ask your previous employer, about how many days you missed, what would he or she say?
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Question 25 of 32
Is there anything we should be aware of that may come up on your criminal background check?
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Question 26 of 32
Are you available to work extra shifts, like sporting events and field trips?
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Question 27 of 32
Is there anything you would like to add about yourself that you feel we should know when considering you for this position?
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Question 28 of 32
How do you handle conflict?
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Question 29 of 32
In the event of a serious accident, what procedure would you follow?
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Question 30 of 32
Tell me about your driving experience.
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Question 31 of 32
Why are you the best candidate for us?
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Question 32 of 32
Are you experienced in using a CB radio to communicate with the school and other bus drivers?
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Question 1 of 32
What types of defensive driving techniques do you use?
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1.
Look, listening and smell.
2.
Don't talk on cell phone when driving.
3.
Using your signals, following all road signs.
4.
Always look, use mirrors, follow traffic signals and speed limits.
5.
2 second rule, staying calm and focused. Anticipating potential dangers. Keeping both hands on the wheel and observing road conditions.
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Always checking the situation that is changing from moment to moment.
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Keep alert and watch for hazzardous situations.
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Plan ahead for the unexpected Control speed Be alert and avoid distractions.
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Scanning the road for potential dangers, driving within the speed limit and flow of traffic, keeping space between myself and other vehicles.
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Look, listen, stay well back and cover brake in intersection.
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Being awake of your surroundings.
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Driving slower in bad weathers Obeying all traffic rules. Stopping at all approiate traffic signs.
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Watch my mirrors, speed limit, both hands on the wheel.
14.
I pay attention to more than just the car directly in front of me- always looking further ahead & use my mirrors often.
15.
Be alert of surrounding, be patient always give the right away, never asummed.
Question 2 of 32
How would you handle a situation on your bus in which a student attempted to or did physically harm you or another student?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I would call my dispatch for further instructions.
2.
I would pull over to the side of the road and call my supervisor and if needed I would call 911 and the school.
3.
Pull the bus over at a safe desination. Diffuse the situation the call into transportation.
4.
Inform office, pull bus over and wait for instructions.
5.
1. Pull over the bus; Ask the student to back her/his seat.3. If they refuse, notify the school and my supervisor.
6.
Stop bus in a safe destination, call dispatch and attempt break up or stop student from harming another.
7.
Stop and secure the bus, radio in the incident and remove the child from the area where the incident occured.
8.
Stop the bus at a safe location disperse the situation call yard.
9.
I will park the Bus to the safe place and talk to the student and let my supervisor know about the case.
10.
Pull the bus over to a safe spot and difuse the situation.
11.
Stop the buns when safe to do so to resolve the problem.
12.
Stop the bus and convince him to terminate the action. Then continue driving.
13.
Pull the bus over when it is safe to do so defuse the situation and split the children up and call it into to dispatch.
14.
I would handle the situation calmly and speak firmly or call authorities if necessary.
15.
Pull over the bus on safe side, informed the office and wait for instructions.
Question 3 of 32
If I were to ask your previous employer about how many days you missed over the last year, what would he say?
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1.
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.
2.
He would reply that I always made the effort to be on time and never absent.
3.
Three weeks due to medical reasons, but prior to that I never missed any days for three years.
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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.
No more than three days.
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Unless It was hospital related I was always at work.
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She would say I've only missed 2 days and that's because of hospitalization. I never call off unless I have to go to the hospital for an emergency.
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I only took off when nessasary.
10.
He would say that I was a committed and reliable employee. I had not missed any days that were not predetermined.
11.
I rarely miss work unless a scheduled vacation day.
12.
He would say that I only missed reasonable days because of my child sick.
13.
I probably miss one day because of a medical emergency that arises in the family.
14.
Maybe one due to a family issue.
15.
I only left early a few times for doctors appointments.
Question 4 of 32
If a fight breaks out while in route to school, how would you handle the situation?
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1.
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.
2.
Yes I stop the bus with geyar. I chang geyar down.
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I would call dispatch and then try to pull over to stop it . Then I would go into school and report incident to principal.
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Stop the bus and call for help if I cant handle the mater.
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I would imediately choose a safe place to stop and park the bus to intervine with the fight.
6.
I stop in save place and move one of the kids to fornt seat.
7.
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.
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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.
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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.
10.
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.
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If there is a fight on the bus I will stop at a safe place and separate the kids and call a supervisor or report it to the school at the arrival time.
12.
Pull over and stop bus and separate the ones fighting.
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Notify dispatch, warn them that you will be pulling over and asking them to get off the bus.
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I would pull the bus over in a secure area. And dispatch my supervisor for further instruction.
15.
Pull over and call dispatch. Then try and talk it out.
Question 5 of 32
How do you plan to adapt to many different bus routes?
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Once I am notified with by bus route. I would drive the route for me to get familiar.
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Once I am notified with by bus route. I would drive the route for me to get familiar.
3.
Have dispatch give me a route description.
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By making a trip before I start the run to see where I am to go.
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Drive them at least once.
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I would plan a head according to.
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I currently do this in dispatch now.
8.
My mind is like a sponge when it comes to this it is one of my biggest strengths.
9.
Taking time and notes to learn all the routes. Doing dry runs in my personal vehicle.
10.
You just go with the flow, the more you drive them the more you learn.
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You just go with the flow, the more you drive them the more you learn.
12.
Paying attention Reading all street names and sighs.
13.
I have good driving experience in a Hillsborough county.
14.
Take notes and use a GPS if possible.
15.
I would study all bus routes, and even visit them so I can keep a good memory of where I'm going.
Question 6 of 32
Tell me about your experience operating a large vehicle.
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I have an experience from my back home not here I have driven the school van.
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I have experience driving truck trailer.
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I have 12 years experience drivinng school bus and coach bus.
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In the military I drove a duece in a half over 500 miles. Drove the largest moving budget truck from texas to california.
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I have my class A license, and drove for 1 yr. Also have been driving charter for 2 yrs. I have been doing substitute school bus driving for 9 months.
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I have drivin a 40 ft coach drivin the fwy express and also 30 ft in public steets.
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I used to drive a shuttle bus for our company about one year when I was 21.
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The largest vehicle I drove was when I worked at a retirement home. I took the residents on a fild trip.
9.
I drive a van, so when my daughter , my son and their friends have the day off at the school ,I almost take them to the beach. It far away from my place about 300 miles.
10.
I am driven since 1992 so I think I can use this experience here in this company, and be part and helpe this teem.
11.
I have a little experience in driving a large vehicle but I am willing to learn more.
12.
Not drive large one, but own car driving for years.
13.
I have driven a fuel truck at an airport.
14.
I drive my mini van, but I am excited to learn how to drive a bus.
15.
I've driven my client's in the big passenger vans and electric wheelchair accessible vehicles.
Question 7 of 32
What would your last employer say about your reliability?
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That im a very responsible person and that I always show up on time.
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That in five years of driving a school bus I did not miss one day.
3.
Good, They trust me to count their safe so I would say they trusted me very much!
4.
Am a trustworthy and dependable employee.
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That I was VERY dependable and very trustworthy.
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He will say I am dependency and trustable.
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My last employer would say that I am very reliable, trustworthy, honest and consistantly on time.
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What are your safety concerns?
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That I am a very denpendable and trust worthy person.
10.
That I am very dependable and trustworthy.
11.
He would say I am a very dependable and trustworthy person.
12.
She is very dependable and trustworthy. Every day she comes in early and she deals with large amounts of money and clients profiles.
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Never late and dependable.
14.
Positive reactions under both required asset.
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I think it would be good.
Question 8 of 32
Do you have any driver certifications?
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No. I do not have any certification as a bus driver. I am confident that I will get the verification after the school bus training.
2.
No but I'm willing to learn and get one.
3.
Yes, I have a class be licenses, bus driver, and passenger certification.
4.
Not yet, but I'm sure I can make it with the good training you provide.
Question 9 of 32
If a kid throws up, while in route to school, how would you handle the situation?
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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.
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1; inform dispatch of incident, if time allows pull over; clean up, assess health of child, provide aid if needed, report to dispatch. ASAP resume and get to destination, report to recieveing school of incident.
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I would pull the bs over and make sure the child is ok. Then I would clean the mess and proceed to school.
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Pull bus over help child clean self up and move child to the front of the bus.
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Stop the bus see if the kid is okay clean it up then keep going.
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Pull over and call it in for instruction.
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Stop the bus and let the child rest for few minutes.
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Move all the kids from the place and seat them elsewhere. Use tissues or other ways to clean up before proceeding. After dropping everyone I will give the bus a good wash.
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Contact the bus garage and also notify the school nurse at school and then clean it up.
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I would pull over call dispatch and notify the the situation then take care of the child.
11.
I will stop the car.
12.
I will stop the car. And give him help until he reaches the clinic.
13.
Pull over, call dispatch attend to student dispatch will deside. (always call dispatch)
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Inform dispatch, pull over when safe to access child's health and provide aid where needed. Clean as much as possible to provide comfort to the child then proceed to destination. And if necessary notify receiving school.
15.
Ask one of your student for help to give her trask can or something to throw up in.
Question 10 of 32
If an older student kicks a younger student out of a seat, how would you handle this situation?
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I would tell the older student to sit in another seat.
2.
As the older student to move to another seat in order to diffuse the situation.
3.
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.
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I will talk to the older student politely to stop it and bring them to the from seat.
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First I will make sure that the younger student is good and is he suffer from any thing then I will make a report and give it to the school principle.
6.
I would politely tell the older student to sit in another seat.
7.
Move the younger student to another seat and older up.
8.
I would immediately stop the bus at a safe place put the bus on park or neutral place the parking brake called my dispatcher and tell the older student to sit up front where I can monitor him or her and place an older student next to that trouble student who can help me out I would give him or her a verbal warning three time, but first I would asked that trouble kid why did you kick that younger student was there a reason to do that? And I would also asked the younger student why did this student kick you was there a reason he or she kick you, and if the younger cause the problem first then I would place that younger student next to me so that way I can monitor his or her behavior a place older students next to him or her who can monitor what he or she is doing, and who can help me out.
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I would tell the older student that is not acceptable behavior and ask that student to move closer to me.
10.
Tell the older student to come up to a seat near the front.
11.
If the younger kid is in the older student seat, I would ask the younger kid to get back to his assigned seat.
12.
Advised not acceptable and handle once returned to school.
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I would move the older child up to the front and once I got to the school I would let the school handle the child.
14.
Would have the older child come sit up front and again, bring him to the principle for being a bully.
15.
Ask the older student to come up front and seat down and write that student up.
Question 11 of 32
A person you do not know comes to your bus to pick up a kindergarten student. The student does not seem to know them. What would you do?
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I would not let the child be taken from that person, notify the school.
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I would not allow the child to leave with the individual and would contact my supervisor and the school staff for assistance.
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I would not let the child off the bus. Call into transportation on further instructions.
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Keep the child, radio in to office, find out who the person is.
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I would not let the student taken by the person. Report to the school.
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Keep the student on the bus and take back to the bus barn.
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Hold student call dispatch for verification.
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Keep him on the bus and notify the school.
9.
I would call the broad to call the parents and the police.
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Not let the child go, ask the child for their parents number and call them.
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Return the child to the school.
12.
I would keep the child with me.
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I would make the necessary phone call. If not successful I would take the child back to school. I would hope the school has a policy in place for this and I would follow it.
14.
Close the door and don't give the student up until making sure they are permitted by the parent.
15.
Keep the student in the bus and after comleted the work report the school.
Question 12 of 32
Are you willing to work as a substitute driver in all areas of the district?
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I would that would be a great way to learn the community.
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Yes. I am willing to work as substitute driver in all areas of the district.
3.
Definitely.That way I can have a better knowledge of my community.
Question 13 of 32
A student changes seats several times. You have asked him to sit still without success. What would be your response?
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I would pull the bus over at a safe desitation. Speak with the child. And then report them to the principal and transportation.
2.
Pull the bus over to a safe location and discuss the situation of his behavior.
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I would pull over the bus in a safe location and talk to the student. I would then inform the school and my supervisor.
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I would pull the bus over at a safety place and talk to the child. Then report it to the principle and transportation.
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Safely get the bus out of traffic and relocate the student to a seat near me. Discuss the situation with the student the proceed when safe.
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Would ask him to come and sit unseat directly the driver.
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Call him or her to the front seat.
8.
I will report his abuse to school authorities.
9.
I would explain why its not a good thing to switch seats and if he keeps it up then I would tell the school once we got to the school.
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Would stop the buss when safe and have the child come sit up front near me.
11.
Report student to school authorities.
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I would move the child to the front and talk to them and let them know I would be reporting their behavior.
13.
Move that child to the front and have a talk with him when arrived to school.
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I would sit him in the front alone.
15.
Stop the bus in a safety place . And explane to him the problem.
Question 14 of 32
You have entered a busy intersection and a passenger vehicle cuts in front of you. What would be your response?
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I would stop the bus until it was clear to proceed.
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I would stop the bus and proceed when it is safe to do so.
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Stop and proceed when safe to do so and the intersection is clear.
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I would proceed driving the bus once the intersection is clear to drive.
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I would stop the bus until it is clear to proceed.
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I would stop the bus and proceed when it is safe todo so.
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Try to sorted out the situation to best of my knowledge.
8.
Lay on the horn and flip him off.
9.
Slow down to avoid an accident and honk.
10.
Would never say aloud my thoughts in front of kids, but in my mind would be saying, jerk, mainly to relieve the heightened stress level of that person almost causing what could have been a disaster.
11.
Slow the bus to give the other driver space.
12.
I would yield in a safe manner. My trainning has taught me to try and observe and react to these situations always leave an out.
13.
Blow my horn to get their attention, keep calm, and proceed on.
14.
No response keep driving with caution.
15.
Let him pass me. Safety first and the kids is a priority.
Question 15 of 32
What measures will you ensure to keep children safe?
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1.
Tell children the rules and events to come ahead of time so that they know what to expect.
2.
No running in the bus when they are going to sit, put seat belts, coming in an out the steps just walking.
3.
Ensure students know all safety procedures in the event of a crisis situation.
4.
Do my daily inspection and while on road watch my surrondings.
5.
First I will check everythings inside and outside the bus to you see its ok to drive. I will explain to the children to sit tidy and do not get up the sit while the bus is moveing and put on there sit belt safely if they gone one.
6.
Follow all the traffic and school rules.
7.
I put their safety before mine.
8.
I will obey all laws traffic wise and otherwise.
9.
Make sure all children are seated and pay attention to the road and surroundings.
10.
Make sure thier on thier on seatbelt or harness.
11.
Following all the safety measures and precautions required by the bus garage.
12.
I will check the bus inside and outside to see if it ok and then I will tell the children the rules, so they will know what to expect.
13.
That they are sitting while the bus is in route and make sure that that they get on and off the bus safe.
14.
Make sure I pay attention to the roads and make sure all children are in their seats.
15.
Talk to the children about any emergency that might take place while on the bus.
Question 16 of 32
Driving a school bus requires arriving at the bus depot at 6 AM. Will this work for you?
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1.
Ofcourse yes work is important than sleeping.
2.
Yes, I would be happy to to have a job that needed me is wonderful.
3.
Yes, I would be happy to to have a job that needed me is wonderful.
4.
Yes, I wake up every day at 4am.
5.
Its not about getting up in the morning, its about loving your job and looking foward to each and every day.
6.
Oh very much so, I am an early bird and love starting my days early.
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.
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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.
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Yes I am OK. I love my job.
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Its not about getting up in the morning, its about loving your job and looking foward to each and every day.
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Its not about getting up in the morning, its about loving your job and looking foward to each and every day.
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I am used to it got up at 400am for old job.
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Yes.I like waking up early every day.
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Yes, I am up at 5 in the morning.
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Its not about getting up in the morning, its about loving my job, and I love my job.
Question 17 of 32
If a kid continues to throw a paper airplane at you while in route to school, how would you handle the situation?
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The first think I vill try to control the situation and then call to my supervisor.
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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.
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I would ask them to stop . If they preceded to do so I would inform dispatch that I was pulling over to address the issue(time allowing ) Then I would take student into school and talk with principal.
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I would place the passenger near the front of the bus.
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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.
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I will tell the student to behind me.
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I will tell themm to stop and write an incident report as follow.
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Call dispatch and they may have me take the student back home or school.
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Tell the kid to stop or you will call dispatch or take him home.
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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.
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I would get off the route and stop and move the student close seat to me or put the student in angle seat. I would explain the student why I move her or him.
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Talk nice to make him stop.
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I will tell dhe student to behind me.
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I would pull out my assault rifle and shoot the kid in the face. Let this be a warning to all of the other children.
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Ask for the airplane and keep it till he leaves the bus.
Question 18 of 32
What do you think would be the most rewarding aspect of driving a school bus?
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Helping assist those whom would not have any other means of transporation.
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Working with children.
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Working with children.
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I am very safe driver and very responsible which help me to any job perfectly.
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Driving the students around.
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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.
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Knowing that Parents are trusting me as a bus driver with their children.
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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.
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Working with students from diverse populations and different age groups. I am assisting those arrive their destination in a safe and timely manner.
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Supporting student education by transporting them to and from school.
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Knowing that Parents are trusting me as a bus driver with their children.
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Getting the passengers to their destination safely.
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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.
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Helping child get to school, that might not have any other way.
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The satisfied parent.
Question 19 of 32
What are some skills that make you a better school bus driver?
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I have a good driving record. I have the patience it takes. And I have driven large vechiles in the past.
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I have a good driving record, safety is number one rule, learning your children.
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I have a good driving record. I have a patience it takes. And I will obtain the certification after receiving the school bus training.
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Patience, dependability, my own kids.
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I believe that my record as a safe and conscientious driver is a big factor in being a good bus driver.
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Class 1 driver trainning.
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I have had driving training, class training, hands on, cpr, on going training.
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I had previus experience.
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Hard worker resposible driver.
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Safe drive responsebal honest.
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I am alert and aware of the responsibility I have to keep these children safe. I have a terrific driving record. I am a defensive driver. I am able to keep calm and think things through in stressful situations.
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I guess the best answer would be -To expect the un-expected at all times. I realize that children's minds are imaginative and they do not always think things through before acting out. There could be many reasons why a student acts out on a school bus. It could be home life or school life that causes them to seek this kind of attention. I think as a School Bus Driver, you need to understand that they are children and to try to teach them the difference and constantly reminding them of the bus rules and why we have them.
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Patient, firm in taking decision.
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Several refresher courses in Defensive driving and special very rare advanced driving technique diplomas.
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Listening to the kids and encouraging them, interacting in a positive way.
Question 20 of 32
Tell me about your driver training.
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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.
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I have had over 40 hours of passenger bus training.
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Arrived at the bus depot at 6:00am be on time will not be a problem.
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To date I have had no school bus training.
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Very well, I have passed continuing bus driver school 4 times.
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I have not received training but I am willing to learn.
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I not received train as of yet. But I am more than willing to learn.
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Very well. My first bus driving job was driving a school bus, and I worked there for a year before moving to CO and starting as a retirement shuttle driver.
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Received hands on training.
10.
Have had no training as of yet.
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I have prior bus driving experience.
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I have had 2 awesome school bus trainers and extensive all year bus driveing training. We believe the more we train and learn, the better a driver I become.
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You guys privead me training.
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I have received extensive training. However, I know that equipment changes and varies so, I am not afraid to ask questions, should, I find that there is something new that I have not learned or do not have an understanding of. I want to ensure that I know all parts of the equipment that I am operating prior to leaving the yard.
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Extensive training and experience in driving a bus, but none in school bus specific.
Question 21 of 32
How well do you control your temper?
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I will talk to them and make them understand the situation. Try to solve by talking firmly.
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Very well I am a low key person.
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I am a easy going person. I have no problem with temper. Have four children probably helps.
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I handle situation with calm.
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I would not let my emotions take control of my temper.
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Very well. There is no reason to allow yourself to lose your temper. It helps no one.
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I try to keep my temper at level head.
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When your dealing with differnt personalies on all age children, you have to have patient or the jobs not for you.
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I am very good with controling my temper.
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I am cool by nature, and professional by training. I keep my temper well under control!
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I talk about any issue there might be.
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I never lose my temper, if an incident occurs I talk about it.
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I keep my temper under control very well. I try and not show any anger.
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Very well, I am very level headed and would handle any situation in a professional manner.
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Never controlled. It takes alot to push my botton.
Question 22 of 32
Why do you want to be a school bus driver?
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I like kids and it would the work schedule would be a good fit for me.
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I enjoy children and seeing to their educational needs. And the job fits into my current lifestyle.
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I am a very skilled driver. I enjoy working with children.
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To help kids get to school to get an education to become productive members of society.
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Believe it will be rewarding as kids are fun and you get to be out and about, not always behind a desk.
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Even though I am retired I need to feel like I am doing something useful.
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It an opportunity to have a rewarding job I can be proud of.
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I feel at this point in my life the hours and work would be very rewarding and full filing.
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I love children more than anything in the world and it is very rewarding.
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Because, I belive is a growth oriented company and is very high on my list of choices. N provides a training which is a excellent challenge for me.
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I like driving and I like children. I also like the schedule.
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This is what I do and I do it to the best of my abilities. I understand this is not a high paying job. I understand that at times it can and is very demanding, however, to me it is an important and essential job. I feel proud to be a School Bus Driver and I know that I help to shape the lives of these students even if it is in a small way. As a Parent myself, I also know how important it is to feel assured that my child was getting to school in a safe environment and realized this was much to the Safety Conscious School Bus Driver.
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Enjoy driving, enjoy children and it fits my life style.
14.
Because transporting kids from to school is kind of help, and enjoying vacation time.
15.
The position in part time and it will be a good fit for my life style as I move forward into retirement.
Question 23 of 32
How do you make sure scheduled stops are on time?
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Absolutely. Students need to be at school on time to not feel rushed or distracted.
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Yes, a kids education is very important and they need to be to school on time.
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It is very important that the children not have stress about getting on the bus. They need to have stability in knowing what is happening.
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Yes. I feel it is important that bus stops and schedules be regular and on time because students arrive to school on time is the most important in a safety manner.
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Yes so children can get there on time to start there classes.
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Yes, to run a smooth school day.
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Yes because the times are written so everyone has enough time to get there on time.
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Yes I do, and as long as there are no unforeseen circumstances that may hinder the schedules, kids need to be in class before the bell rings, this teaches responsibility and the importance respecting others.
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Yes. Parents are expecting to have their children to be picked up and dropped off at specific times.
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Yes. Kids should not be left standing on the highway any longer than necessary. Parents and students have schedules of their own .
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Why of course, with out a schedule and being on time to stops, schools would not start on time and it would just be caose.
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Yes, need to teach people to be punctual.
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School system is important our life.
14.
Becuse, they have regular school evryday except holidays, and they need to be on time at school for their learning skills.
15.
Yes, because students need to be on time for class and parents need to know what time to expect their children home.
Question 24 of 32
If I were to ask your previous employer, about how many days you missed, what would he or she say?
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They would say hardly any.
2.
Very dependable and did not miss shifts.
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They would say not many at all.
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Not many. I hardly ever called in sick. Actually, I don't remember the last situation where I called in sick.
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Never missed a scheduled day of work.
Question 25 of 32
Is there anything we should be aware of that may come up on your criminal background check?
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No. I do not have any concerns with you taking a criminal background check on my.
2.
Yes 15 years ago I got into trouble.
Question 26 of 32
Are you available to work extra shifts, like sporting events and field trips?
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Again, yes if paid overtime and if the girls are hot.
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Yes I would be very willing and enjoy the oppertunity to participate in field trips.
3.
If it comes available, then yes.
Question 27 of 32
Is there anything you would like to add about yourself that you feel we should know when considering you for this position?
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I am a very personable person easy to get along with.
2.
I love working with the children, my current bus route is a reading bus. I started the program 4 years ago. it is a great way for all the childen to help each other. awards are given every month and at the end of the year.
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Self moderate punctual dependable.
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Only that I am a very easy going person and it takes a lot to even begin to upset me. Have always gotten along with kids, even the shyest of kids I have won over.
5.
That I'm looking forward to becoming a school bus driver and maybe have the oppurtunity to shuttle my granddaughters to and from school.
6.
I want this job, it is the first job I have taken that I love to get up in the morning to go to, I love the children . This is a very rewarding job.
7.
I can do the job and perform like a rock star. I am the best person for the job no need to hold out for someone better. I am flexible and relieble and I can be trusted. To fit in these position. I am confident. In my skills and qualities am not a 100 % experience, but am willing to take a training that eill get the job done. Thank you.
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I am cheerful, dedicated, caring! I understand, what it takes to do this type of work and I do my best to do it properly.
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That I feel my years experience and calm attitude will be a great asset to the job.
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No 15 years ago I got into trouble.
Question 28 of 32
How do you handle conflict?
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Yes, we discussed the issue until we came to resolution.
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Try to diffuse the situation and come to a mutual understanding.
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Yes. I discussed the issue until we had a resolution.
4.
Commit on it then walk away.
5.
Usually walk away to not make things worse.
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I really try not to get into arguments and if someone has a problem, I try to figure out what the issue is.
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I believe at some point we all have dissagreements. It what we learn from them and how we deal with them.
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By not argueing. Period. Ingnored it.
9.
Yes. I worked in customer service for a long time. When I worked in casinos I would have disagreements with players on the outcome of a game. I would usually listen to their side of the story. Then I would see if there was a chance I could have been mistaken, which would usually mean calling our surveillance team to review the hand. If it was determined that the player was mistaken, I would talk to them and explain to them the reason we came to that decision. If they were still upset I would try to diffuse them by offering them something within my power to offer them, like something to eat or tickets to our drawing or something like that. I realize that sometimes it doesn't matter if you're right, you still need to give a little.
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I would calmly make my points about the disagreement and if I felt the other adult was doing something that could or would ultimately cause harm to another person or equipment then I would report it to my Supervisor and let them continue to deal with it.
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Yes, with patience and control.
12.
Have habit to talk to him directely.
13.
Yes of course and if at work I always take the high ground and do not engage.
14.
Yes. And defused situation with talk and calm attitude.
Question 29 of 32
In the event of a serious accident, what procedure would you follow?
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I would check to see if anyone needed first aid and then I would have them leave the bus safely.
2.
I would call 911. Then I would follow procedure of what to do in a serious accident.
3.
I would inform the office, have office call 911, check for injurys.
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I would check if someone needed first aid; then I would have them leave the bus safely.
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Check for injuries then call police then dispatch.
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Learn to use emergency door.
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Call headquarters, call the police, keep the students seated on the bus.
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Keep the children calm, check to see if anyone is injured, and depending on the severity of the accident, determine whether to stay on the bus or get the children off.
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Call 911 to report the incident. Help any of the children who might be injured.
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Always first maintain the safety of the passengers.
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Depends on what the situation is, do we or do we not evacuate, are there injuries on the bus, call in, ect. This statement does not give me much info.
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Call dispatch Ejected the students safe.
13.
Report it to my supervisor inmediatelly.
14.
I would call 911, radio my supervisor and check for serious injury and administer first aid where needed.
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My Passenger's are my #1 priority, so I would make sure that they were all safe. Secondly, I would call this in to my Supervisor and ask that the Police and Ambulance be sent to my location. I would wait with my passengers until help arrived.
Question 30 of 32
Tell me about your driving experience.
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I recive full driving saftty rouls.
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None yet but can't wait to start.
3.
I have had 40 hours of bus training while enlisted in the army.
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I have been studying the BMV book in order to take the Public Passenger chaufeer license test.
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JVI Professional Driver Training.
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Cdl class a and safty classes.
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I would hope that everyone is trained fully, but every company is different. for myself I have 9 years of training.
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Alot, I have been trained by two very extensive trainers, class training, and on going classes and training.
9.
None yet. But am willing to.
Question 31 of 32
Why are you the best candidate for us?
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Have experience confident and a go getter.
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I am very flexible, patient, and love kids.
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I am conscientious and dependable.
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I believe I am very suited for this because not only am I very patient and dependable.
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Pations, trust, and good driving experience.
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I have a unique combination of string skills and the ability to built strong communication wit the kids and my cooworkers and my supervisors. I can built trust wit my students and I have the sbility to built strong relationship and strong knolege.
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Because, I have the necessary qualifications to do this job and I love to learn when something new presents itself me. I also am not afraid to admit when I am wrong or ask for direction when necessary.
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Experience, passion fast learner work under pressure.
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Dedication and desire for the position.
10.
Because I like so much that job.
11.
Experience and safety record is impeccable.
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My attention to detail and ability to assess situations and calm deminour are a great asset to your team.
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Because its a new exprience for me ad im welling to learn.
Question 32 of 32
Are you experienced in using a CB radio to communicate with the school and other bus drivers?
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Not experienced, but have used a CB before.

About School Bus Driver

December 18th, 2014

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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