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 Training Manual

The School Bus Driver Training Manual may be downloaded in its entirety:

Or by sections:

Section A

A-1 - A-8
  • Requirements for Program
  • School System's Responsibility
  • Driver Selection
  • Driver Responsibility

Section B - Instructional Strategies for the Bus Driver Trainer

B-1 - B-37

Section C - Regular Transportation

C-1 - C-121

Content Unit 1: Georgia Laws for School Bus Operation

  • Introduction
  • Review of Relevant Laws; Georgia 20 Code Section
  • Review of Relevant Laws; Georgia 40 Code Section
  • Review of Georgia Board of Education Rules

Content Unit 2: Traffic Control Devices Unit

  • Introduction
  • Traffic Signs
  • Traffic Signals
  • Roadway Markings

Content Unit 3: Driving the Bus - Handling Characteristics

  • Velocity, Centrifugal Force, Inertia and the School Bus
  • Effects of Friction and Gravity on Stopping a School Bus
  • Braking Distances
  • Mirror Adjustment
  • Driving the School Bus -- Basic Skills

Content Unit 4: Behind the Wheel Training Unit

  • Basic Skills
  • Intermediate Skills
  • Advanced Skills
  • Turns

Content Unit 5: Driver Discourtesies, Errors and Violations

Content Unit 6: Loading and Unloading Unit - October 2012

  • Introduction
  • Requirements/Recommendations for Bus Stop Locations
  • Sharing the Road with School Buses
  • The School Bus Danger Zone
  • Loading Students on Highways and Streets
  • Unloading Students on Highways and Streets
  • How to Load and Unload at a Turnaround or in a Cul-de-sac
  • When Not to Use the Eight-Way Light System
  • Unloading Students on the School Campus
  • Loading Students on the School Campus
  • Keeping Students Safe by Building Effective Relationships
  • Interacting with Parents at the School Bus Stop

Content Unit 7: Pre-Trip Inspection

  • Introduction
  • General Inspection
  • Under-the-Hood Inspection
  • Outside-the-Bus Inspection
  • Interior Inspection
  • Road Check

Content Unit 8: Post-Trip Inspection

  • Securing the Bus after the Route/Trip
  • Post-Trip Inspection
  • Post-Run Segment Check

Content Unit 9: Railroad Grade Crossing Unit

  • Introduction
  • Procedures for Crossing at the Grade
  • Problems at Railroad Grade Crossings

Content Unit 10: Accident Procedures Unit

  • Introduction
  • Accident Procedures

Content Unit 11: Emergency Evacuation

  • Reasons for Actual Emergency Evacuation
  • Important Factors Pertaining to Evacuation Drills
  • Three Basic Types of Emergency Evacuation Drills

Content Unit 12: Mechanical Failure Procedures

Content Unit 13: Disabled Vehicle Warning Devices

Content Unit 14: Fire Extinguisher Procedures

Content Unit 15: Extracurricular Trips Unit

  • Introduction
  • Planning the Route
  • Emergency Preparation
  • Responsibilities

Content Unit 16: First Aid Unit

  • Basic Principles and First Aid
  • Mouth-to-Mouth Resuscitation
  • Clearing the Airways
  • Controlling Bleeding
  • Treatment for Shock
  • First Aid for Epileptic Seizure
  • Location and Contents of the First Aid Kit
  • Location, Clean-up and Handling of Body Fluids and Matter

Content Unit 17: Student Management Unit

  • Introduction
  • Characteristics of Young People
  • Roadblocks to Effective Communication
  • Tips on Maintaining Discipline
  • Do(s) and Don't(s) of Discipline
  • Passenger Management Team
  • General Rules and Regulations for Student Management

Content Unit 18: Driver Skills Evaluations

  • Performance Standard: The trainee shall be proficient in all skill areas which are evaluated.
  • Loading Students
  • Unloading Students
  • Driver Skill Evaluation Form
  • Expressing Driving Evaluations

Content Unit 19: Final School Bus Driver Test

  • Performance Standard: The trainee shall be satisfactory in all categories to be passed as a school bus driver.

Section D - Special Needs Transportation

D-1 - D-42

SE Content Unit 1: Recognizing Student Disabilities

  • Introduction
  • Disability Terminology and Characteristics

SE Content Unit 2: Communicating with Students with Disabilities

SE Content Unit 3: First Aid Unit

  • Introduction
  • First Aid Procedures

SE Content Unit 4: Individualize Education Program (IEP)

  • Introduction
  • The IEP Program

SE Content Unit 5: Medical Conditions and Serious Medical Emergencies

  • Introduction
  • Medical Conditions Requiring Immediate Medical Attention

SE Content Unit 6: Confidentiality of Information and Records

  • Introduction
  • Medical Information Cards

SE Content Unit 7: Bus Driver Responsibilities

SE Content Unit 8: Bus Monitor Responsibilities

SE Content Unit 9: Loading and Unloading Non-Ambulatory Wheelchair Passengers

  • Introduction
  • Positioning and Securing Bus for Loading Wheelchair Passengers
  • Preparing Lift for Loading Wheelchair Passenger
  • Preparing Lift for Loading Wheelchair Passenger without a Monitor
  • Positioning of Wheelchair on School Bus
  • Attaching the Two Rear Securement Straps
  • Attaching the Two Front Securement Straps
  • Attaching the Lap Belt
  • Attaching the Shoulder Belt

SE Content Unit 10: Emergency Evacuation Procedures for Special Needs Students

  • Introduction
  • Reasons for Evacuation
  • Issues to be Considered
  • Important Points
  • Methods of Evacuation
  • Front Door Evacuation Drill
  • Evacuating Non-Ambulatory Students

SE Content Unit 11: Student Behavior Management

  • Introduction
  • Helpful Hints for Behavioral Management
  • Interventions Prohibited by Law
  • Disciplinary and Suspension Procedures

SE Content Unit 12: Transporting Pre-School Students

  • Introduction
  • Recommendations for the Transportation of Pre-School Age Children in School Buses
  • Child Safety Restraint System Defined