2 Bus Driver eStaff Development Training for 2012-13 WelcomeLast Updated on July 2, 2012Training topics to be covered in aelectronic power point presentation
3 Why eStaff Development Training Cost – efficient use of school financial resources helps maintain public supportEmployee cost – drivers do not have to travel to bus garage for meetingEmployee time – drivers and school supervisor can coordinate bus driver training with other school activities
4 Transportation Services Web Homepage From CCS homepage go to Departments then select TransportationStudy Guides for renewal, railroad crossing procedures, etc…CCS handbooks – READB.O.Y. presentations & memosLinks for school bus transportation info
5 CCS iWeb Forms website Registered User Password protected All Transportation forms are on this siteTD 101 – Student Transportation FormTD 25 – Accident ReportTD 148 – Acknowledgement of ParticipationDo NOT share any CCS forms withnon-CCS employees without permission
6 Session Law 2010-20 & James City RR crossing Law excludes only the James City RR “exempt” crossing from state law that requires school and activity buses to stop at “exempt” crossings in NCDO NOT STOPDO NOT USE FLASHERSPROCEED WITH CAUTION
7 Video/Audio Surveillance of Drivers & Passengers School system methods of monitoringBus camera systems on all school busesGPS tracking will be continuedSchool and Garage staff observationsBus vehicle data (mileage, stops & etc.)Bus driver reports (start/stop times, speed)Unofficial methods of monitoringAll activity is subject to monitoring !!!
8 In the Public’s Eye We are constantly in the “public’s eye.” Cell phones and cameras make it possible for the public to record our actions.Think BEFORE you speak or act !!!!There are no “off the record” actions.No “Expectation of Privacy” while on bus performing bus driver duties.
9 Monitoring of Student/Driver Behaviors & Efficiency Discuss impact for bus driversMonitoring of driver actions/behaviorsMonitoring of student conduct/actionsDiscuss bus camera/gps useFollowing bus route directions (stops)Verify actual working time (timesheet)Confirm preformed duties (pre – post trip)
10 School System Cell Phones A phone must be available for use by driver in case of emergency situation.State Law - Do NOT use any style electronic devise while operating a school or activity bus!!!!!!This includes hands-free models - DO NOT WEAR HANDS-FREE on the bus.Bus camera will monitor driver actionsIncludes on & off driver related duties
11 School System Cell Phones Driver must request system provided cellular phone, if needed.TD138 Cellular Phone Driver AgreementCellular phone usage is tracked.Cost of use based on all minutes used.NOT a share plan for minutes used.Non school use will be billed to driver.
12 Passenger Safety Instructions State law requires bus passenger safety instructions within first five days at start and once during second semester.Coordinate with bus supervisor.Explain “evacuation procedures”Required before each field trip(school or activity bus or charter bus).
13 Passenger Safety Instructions Document in writing Bus Passenger Safety InstructionsUse “School Bus Passenger’s Safety Guidelines” brochure on CCS iWeb“School Bus Safety Minute Presentation”Also use “School Bus Evacuation” brochure on CCS iWeb
14 School Bus Transportation in North Carolina School bus transportation is a form of “public” transportation.School bus transportation is the safest form of student transportation.In Craven County approx. one-half of our students ride the bus AM or PMEducate general public just how safe children are when on school bus.
15 School Bus Transportation Services Quality of professional bus driverRequired training by federal & state lawsMonitoring and re-certification of driversQuality of school bus vehicleCompartmentalizationConstruction of vehicle13 times more safe that average car
16 Pre trip & Post trip Inspection Pre-trip inspection –required by lawFor driver & student protectionReport malfunctions on sign-in sheetPost-trip inspection –Required by Craven County SchoolsCheck for students or property left on busCheck for bus malfunctions – call if needed
17 Bus Accident Procedures Do NOT leave the scene until authorized to do so by a supervisor.Notify authorities (911, school, garage).Complete a seating chart ASAP.Complete a written statement with details ASAP – for your protection.Complete TD 25 within 2-3 days.
18 Substance Abuse Screening Local post accident testingReport all accidents to supervisorGenerally all accidents require local testingDOT substance abuse screeningPre-employmentPost-accident screeningRandom screening
19 Bus Route ChangesDriver authorized for emergency route changes – weather, accidents & etc.Press “event button” to record changesReport route or stop change to supervisorDriver is NOT authorized for permanent route changes or bus stop location changes – follow procedures.Unauthorized changes create PROBLEMS.
20 Passenger Stop Changes Must be approved PRIOR to implementation by bus driverAlternate stops – approved by sch & garOut-of-district – Superintendent onlySchool approves first – space on busGarage gives final approval -No additional expense or mileageConsistent throughout county
21 Bus Route / Passenger Stop Changes During the Year As new printouts are received, only approved stops will be listed on theupdated bus route description printoutIf a stop address is not listed,do NOT continue to stop at addressBe aware of the new TD123 (Bus route Discrepancy form)
22 DOT Projects & Warnings DOT bridge projects often require bus route detoursContact garage for special re-routingDrivers are to READ & OBEY all DOTproject signs, including weight limitsCall garage for bus GVWR, if needed
23 Safety and Seating Assignment Avoid having students seated near rear of bus when other seats are available.Students must be “completely seated on the bus seat.”Maintain an assigned seating chart.Do NOT exceed seating capacity of bus.Standees are strictly prohibited.
24 NC DPI Ridership CountThis one ridership count provides the funds to operate our entire bus transportation operation.Inform students of importance of count.Encourage all students to ride this week.Inform parents of importance of count.Count students at least twice each run.
25 Consequences of Annual Ridership Count Expect changes after data reviewedBus routes at schools are modified.Buses at schools are switched on routes.Increase in buses assigned to a school.Decrease in buses at a school.Driver’s route time may be modified.
26 Reported Public Concerns Reduce speed in residential areas.Talking on cell phone - bus camera use.Passenger stops too close together.STAY on the ROAD and OFF the grass.Reduce speed through intersections.NEVER leave scene of accident until instructed by police or school official.
27 We Promote Self Monitoring What one activity or school bus driver does affects the public’s perception of all bus drivers for CCS.If you make a mistake –“tell your supervisor immediately.”Communication helps prevent small problems from becoming BIG problems.
28 Bus Driver HandbookBus Driver Handbook has been revised for school year.The Bus Driver Handbook includes policies and regulations that directly affect bus drivers.Drivers are responsible for reviewing the bus handbook for changes each year. Must sign TD 148 to verify.
29 Observation Reports Bus Route/Driver Observation Reports Route Observation Report (TD150)Route Discrepancy Report (TD123)Payroll Discrepancy Report (TD124)Become part of Driver’s fileRepetitive/Multiple observations will be the basis for disciplinary action.
30 Disciplinary Action For Bus Drivers CCS policy requires disciplinary action for several actionsExtended unnecessary bus idlingMoving violation while operating a busFailure to report a bus accidentUse of cell phone while operating a bus—NC law makes it illegal to use any electronic device while driving a school bus.
31 DMV Bus Driver Trainer Bunny Schramm, NC DMV DEPS Web address contact infoMobile phone contact infoSchool Bus Garage –(will take a message,(if no response from )
32 DMV Bus Driver Trainer “Driver Education Program Specialist.” Employee of NC DMV, not CCS.Use CCS Groupwise to contact.Trainer will contact drivers to schedule renewal; if not contacted two months prior to expiration.
33 Bus Driver Certification and NC DMV Commercial Driver’s License Two separate issuesCertification b/w driver & BOEBOE can issue/cancel “certification”Proper certification allows driver to operate school system bus – sch or actCDL licensure b/w driver & DMVCDL license w/ P&S belongs to driverCan not operate bus w/o “certification”
34 CDL Medical Review DMV medical review process Affects NC driver license eligibilityCCS medical exemption processDetermines CCS employment eligibilityCCS makes the employability decisionSee Bus Driver Handbook for details
35 Bus Driver Pocket Card Requirements School bus - white cardActivity bus – blue cardSignify eligibility for CCSPresent pocket card when requestedReturn card when leave CCS
36 Activity bus driver certification upcoming DMV changes School bus certifications cannot be converted to Activity Bus certifications.All original bus driver certifications will be “school bus” (yellow) certified.All “activity bus” certified drivers must become “school bus” certified by July 2015.
37 Activity Bus Procedures Passenger stops are NOT allowedDriver is responsible for stops & safetyMust have a current “pocket card”Supt. approves all out of state tripsPassenger evacuation proceduresNOT used by non school groupsOnly exceptions are recreation dept.
40 School Bus Garage Staff Service Areas TechniciansHav Area – Billy Moss & Dave FinkNB Area – Leslie Johnson & Jasper FlowersWC Area – Robert Lackey & Brandon GaskinsLocal Vehicle/Route Coordinator – Hugh JollyShop Mechanic – Tim WiscarvaFuel Truck – Henry Quinn
41 Transportation Supervisor David Rink, Transportation SupervisorSupervises area techniciansDaily sign in sheetFuel for field tripsAnnual DPI InspectionFueling schedule for school busesetc, etc……
42 TIMS bus route Coordinator Shelley Pritchett, TIMS coordinatorInitial bus routesBus route updatesStudent residence dataAlternate in district stop requestsOut of district transportation requestsAttendance boundary updates
43 TIMS – computerized bus routing and other uses TIMS bus route update guidelinesUpdate routes on original formUse highlighters, do not completely mark out namesComplete promptlyBus path is determined by right or left; not by east/west or north/south
44 Early College bus route ridership accuracy High School DriversBe aware of Early College student stops are AM onlyStudents not to be listed for PMStop description will be coded with a 314.xxx or 321.xxx (# to the right)
45 Parent bus stop appeal procedures Bus driver does not initiateBus supervisor coordinatesChanges must be approvedConfirmed on printed route descriptionSupervisor maintains record of approved alternate bus stops &out-of-district approved students
46 Financial Services Coordinator Aaron Wallace, Financial Services CoordinatorBus route time and revisionsDriver pay agreements & revisionsDriver time sheets monitoringSchool bus field trip use & paymentDriver CDL licensure & bus certification
47 Bus Route Time & Bus Driver Pay Agreements Route time set by TIMS & driver data.TD day average required for changes.Verified by bus camera, GPS, staff.Non-driving time included in route time.Established Route time is maximum time without written explanation.Appeal procedures available on web.
48 Bus Driver Timesheets Only timesheets to used for payroll. REQUIRED FOR ALL BUS DRIVERS.Must be kept current (2-3 days).Record bus number and route time on timesheet.Signatures required - you & supervisor.Timesheet will be returned for corrections.
50 Feedback RequestDrivers are encouraged to provide written feedback on –eStaff Development – did the slides and discussion provide as much information as previous group sessionAdditional topics – list of topics to include in next presentationPlus/delta summary from each driver
51 Self Evaluation Activity How does driver report mechanical problem with bus?Which accidents have to be reported to bus supervisor?What ways are used to verify accuracy in actual time worked by bus drivers?School bus travel is how many times safer than private vehicle travel?
52 Acknowledgement of Participation Questions or Concerns Review, sign and date the TD 148 form, “Acknowledgement of Participation …..” then have supervisor sign and date. For questions or concerns that are not answered by your supervisor, Becton Broughton (see GroupWise)
53 Best wishes for a safe and successful school year !!!