M-DCPS TRANSPORTATION DRIVER TRAINING SECTION
School Bus Driver applicants must successfully complete a comprehensive screening, training, and testing process as required by Federal, State and Local regulations prior to achieving certification to transport students.† School bus drivers work a minimum of 30 hours per week and are eligible for benefits.† The M-DCPS beginning pay rate for school bus drivers is $14.38 per hour.
∑ You work when school is in session.† When school is out, you are off work too.
∑ Health and Life Insurance
∑ Ten (10) paid holidays
∑ Ten (10) paid sick leave days
∑ Uniform Allowance
∑ Credit Union Membership
∑ State retirement benefits
∑ Education Assistance fund
∑ Commercial Driverís License Training Program
∑ A chance to make a real difference in the lives of our students!
Hiring Procedures for School Bus Drivers †(Job description)
∑ Applicants must possess a valid Florida driverís license with a minimum of 5 years licensed driving experience.
∑ Applicants must apply and submit their application on line, at www.dadeschools.net. Applicants need to submit †three (3) letters of references, one from a current or former employer on company letterhead, and two (2) personal references.
∑ The driving record of all applicants will be reviewed for infractions through the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and (DHSMV).† Regardless of conviction status or State disposition, points will be assessed for each infraction based on the M-DCPS School Bus Driver Screening Criteria.
∑ Preliminary orientation of hiring requirements is conducted by the Office of Non-Instructional Staffing.
∑ Department of Transportation will conduct an orientation of training requirements and expectations for prospective school bus drivers and aides.
∑ All applicants (without exception) must complete a dexterity test to demonstrate their physical abilities to successfully operate a school bus.
∑ All applicants must submit to Alcohol and Controlled Substance Abuse testing prior to becoming an employee with M-DCPS.† Once employed, random testing of all school bus drivers and aides will be required as outlined by the Omnibus Transportation Employees Testing Act (OTETA).
∑ A criminal background check is performed by the Office of Non-Instructional Staffing which requires fingerprinting.†
∑ A physical exam is required during the hiring process and consequently thereafter on an annual basis.
Hiring Procedures for School Bus Aides †(Job description)
Applicants for School Bus Aides are required to successfully complete screening, training, and testing similar to those required of School Bus Drivers before gaining employment.† Applicants interested in becoming a School Bus Aide need to apply on line at www.dadeschools.net
School Bus Driver Training Course
CDL Training includes (40) hours of classroom instruction and on the road training.† A minimum of twenty (20) hours of classroom instruction and eight (8) hours behind the wheel training are required, based on the Department of Educationís Basic School Bus Driver Curriculum.† This course includes a CDL training and testing class.† After successful completion of all requirements, the driver will be assigned to one of the eight (8) M-DCPS Transportation Centers.