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Head Start Preschool Bus Driver

Sycamore, IL
Full-time


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Bus Driver

General Description

Responsible for providing safe transportation for children to and from their drop off points. Provide transportation for field trips, parent meetings, etc. and provide overall center support.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Establish bus routes and stops for embarking and disembarking.
  • Inspect bus before each trip; responsible for D.O.T. Pre‐trip Checklist.
  • Transport children to and from school in a safe and timely fashion.
  • Inspect bus after each run to make sure no children are left on the bus.
  • Follow all loading and unloading procedures.
  • Maintain bus required documentation/paperwork such as the Bus Attendance, Bus Route Schedule, sign‐out sheets and pre‐trip inspections. Organize and send records bi‐weekly to Facilities/Vehicular Coordinator.
  • Ensure Gasoline levels are monitored and consistently maintained.
  • Keep accurate mileage records on gasoline receipts and pre‐trip inspection sheets.
  • Keep accurate, current and legible records of emergency contacts with phone numbers on bus and at home. Responsible for contacting families whenever there is a change on the bus schedule.
  • Provide transportation for field trips; plan route prior to trip and obtain bus parking information.
  • Maintain PMI maintenance.
  • Maintain consistent contact with the Aurora Central Office.
  • Provide transportation for parents to parent meetings, conferences, seminars, and any additional agency activities.
  • Know all children’s names.
  • Maintain order on the bus; work with children and parents on good safety practices associated with bus operations. 1
  • Responsible for securing correct number of bus monitors for each route.
  • Facilitate and record monthly bus evacuations.
  • Efficiently report all malfunctions of bus to Center Supervisor and the Facilities/Vehicular Coordinator in a timely manner.
  • Pick up supplies as established by Center Supervisors.
  • Distribute all correspondence to parents as directed by Center Supervisor (newsletters, health advisories, children’s artwork, etc.)
  • Maintain a clean, organized bus; responsible for ensuring all required materials and equipment are on the bus at all times including but not limited to First Aid Kits and DCFS/Head Start required items.
  • Provide center support by assisting with kitchen, cleaning, and office and classroom responsibilities as assigned. Participate in center maintenance as requested.
  • Welcome and encourage volunteer involvement at the center; assist and guide volunteers to ensure efficiency. Encourage In‐Kind from parents and volunteers
  • Responsible for helping maintain 85% A.D.A., recording reasons for absences, contacting parents, etc.
  • Adhere to Head Start Performance Standards, DCFS Licensing Standards, and Two Rivers Head Start Agency Policies and Procedures.
  • Perform any other assigned tasks relevant to the effective operation of the agency or assigned by supervisor.

Required Knowledge & Experience

  • Valid Illinois CDL and School Bus Permit.
  • Excellent driving record and experience in driving a School Bus and/or large vehicles.
  • C.P.R. and First Aid Course completion preferred.
  • Ten month employees must have the availability to substitute during the summer in KEYS programs as needed.
  • Must pass all preliminary pre hire requirements including but not limited to DOT Drug Testing, DOT & DCFS Physical Certification and Criminal Background Clearances.

Essential Job Functions

  • Must have sufficient strength and flexibility (ability to stoop, bend, twist, etc.) to frequently bend down to a child’s level, sit on the floor with the children, respond to a child’s quick and frequent movements and occasionally lift a child (30‐50 pounds). Must have ability to work in an environment with a high noise level and considerable activity.
  • Physical demands ‐While performing duties of job, employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit for long periods of time; bend down to a child’s level, sit on the floor with the children, respond to a child’s quick and frequent movements, use hand to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk and hear. Employee must occasionally lift and/or move 30 to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close and distance vision.
  • Work environment‐ Must have ability to work in an environment with a high noise level and considerable activity.

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