BUS DRIVER and SUPPORT SERVICE WORKER
It is the policy of this charter school not to discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, age, or handicap. It is also the policy to hire only U.S. citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. These policies apply to recruitment, employment, transfers and reassignments, compensation, and other conditions of employment. Charter Schools are public schools operated by a not-for-profit corporation under the sponsorship of the local school district. Charter school employees are under the direct authority of the school’s administrator and the school’s corporate board of directors.
- To assure each student’s health and safety in being transported to and from school
- To assist students and the school in accomplishing its charter goals
- To demonstrate leadership, initiative, cooperation with colleagues and supervisors in order to accomplish the mission of the school.
· Valid CDL (Class A with Passenger and School Bus endorsement; or Class B or Class C; 2 years+) and Florida School Bus Driver Certificate; High School diploma or equivalent (including 40 hours training with annual 8 hour refresher training and annual physical exams)
· Physically, mentally, and emotionally capable of performing required tasks and duties including working in very hot or cold temperature, meet deadlines with severe time constraints and tolerate loud noise levels and ability to perform other support staff tasks as assigned
· Age at least 21 years old and demonstrated skill and knowledge of responsibilities, regulations, policies and procedures for operating a school bus in a safe manner, including management of students
Bus Driver Performance Responsibilities:
Perform duties and related services as assigned by the Director/Designee including the following:
- Responsible for the safety and health of all assigned students
- Maintain an up-to-date route sheet
- Maintain at all times an up-to-date and complete roster of students assigned to driver/bus# and seat assignment and diagram with student name; document ridership for each route each day
- Keep bus clean, fueled, in good repair and on-schedule for maintenance; keep license, registrations and insurance information on bus at all times
- Establish, implement and maintain appropriate expectations of student
- Maintain established time schedule and location of stops without variation
- Follow all traffic and safety rules and practices
- Report accidents or other emergencies immediately
- Serve as a positive role model for dress, language and behavior with students
- Perform other tasks as assigned.
Bus Drivers are also assigned to specific support staff duties which may include
1. Food Service/Lunchroom Worker
2. Plant Maintenance and Custodial Duties
3. Tutorial assistance to students/classrooms
4. Office assistance
5. Other assignments as instructed by the Director or designee.
Responsibilities as a Professional Employee:
- Maintain professional personal appearance-follow dress code as directed by the Director
- Follow provisions of Employee Manual, Safety Plan and other school policies
- Seek advice when appropriate to make appropriate decisions
- Use school resources prudently
- Evaluate problems objectively and identify appropriate solutions
- Be flexible and adapt to changes in order to accomplish the mission of the school
- Work and plan with colleagues for mutual learning, planning, use of resources
- Foster positive teamwork with colleagues
- Contribute to resolution of conflicts
- Accept and follow instructions/direction consistently and without delay
- Be prompt and report to work on time and remain for the total work day (8 hours)
- Accept responsibility and leadership roles when given opportunity
- Demonstrate support of administration, policies, improvement of the school and accomplishment of its mission/goals
- Notify appropriate personnel in advance when you must be absent
- Demonstrate personal and professional motivation to best serve each individual student as well as the total school assuming your responsibility to follow up and demonstrate commitment to students and the school including assisting with tasks outside assigned area that contribute to overall success of the school.
- The number of hours is determined by the Director and documented on the Offer of Employment letter
- Hourly positions of less than 30 per week do not participate in benefit programs
- Full time employees work eight hours per day, five days per week
- Positions are 10 months-196 days
- Employment is at-will. This means that either party may terminate employment at any time without cause or prior notice. In the event of termination by either party prior to the completion of the school year, remuneration shall be based on specific services provided and payment will be made accordingly.
- Employees shall be evaluated at least annually based on performance of the responsibilities indicated above and reviewed in conference. A development plan is recommended.
- Compliance with provisions of the Employee Manual, Professional Code of Conduct, School Plan for Health and Safety is required
- Binding Arbitration is the sole remedy for employment disputes that cannot be resolved informally.
- Drivers who received Bus Driver Training paid-for by the school must work one calendar year as a driver for this school; otherwise, the cost of bus-driver training paid by the school will be withheld from the final paycheck.