School Bus Drivers

Well-trained bus drivers are essential to providing safe and efficient travel for North Carolina’s school children.  On this page you can find resources to improve your skills in the bus and with children.

School Bus Driver Safety Tips

◊ Enter this year’s School Bus ROADeo

Emergency Procedures & Response Issues

Get Certified to Become a School Bus Driver

Special Needs & Preschool Transportation

School Bus Safety Minutes

These lessons were designed to be usable by school bus drivers in talking to the students on their bus – for example, in the extra time they might spend on the bus in the morning after arriving at school. The document contains nine lessons, each of which can be taught in a short period of time by school bus drivers, teachers, principals, etc


◊ The National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services has recommendations for drivers, including how to intervene with bullying behavior.


School Bus Safety – Including Crossing Signal & Parking Brake – For School Bus Drivers  (NEW 11/15/2015)

School Bus Safety – Including Crossing Signal – For Students K-5 – NEW!

School Bus Safety – Including Crossing Signal – For Students 6-12 – NEW!

◊ Your School Bus Passenger Stop – Consistency Makes the Difference (6:47 min) (windows media video (60 MB) or real player (4.8 MB))

School bus driver training video – DRIVE SMART, ARRIVE SAFE   (18 minute WMV file)  (a product of  Operation Lifesaver International)

NC Operation Lifesaver School Bus / Train Crash. Click HERE for YouTube Video.

◊ CDL / Drug and Alcohol Testing

Federal CDL Regulations – Controlled Substance Abuse Testing

DOT Random Drug and Alcohol Testing – Best Practices