October 16-20: School Bus Safety Week

  • National School Bus Safety Week: October 16-20, 2023

    Held during the third full week of October each year, National School Bus Safety Week is an active and evolving public education program and an excellent way for parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators, and other interested parties - to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety. Designed to promote school bus safety, school districts throughout the country observe School Bus Safety Week.

    What does it take to become a School Bus Driver in California?

    California school bus drivers have stricter requirements than Metro, charter, or tour bus drivers. Before you are even allowed to qualify for a school bus driving position, you must pass the following requirements.

    • 18 years or older 
    • In average physical condition 
    • Have no character issues 
    • Clean driving record 
    • No criminal activity 
    • Ability to work well with children 

    To actually become a California School Bus Driver, you must:

    • Have a minimum of 20 hours of classroom instruction 
    • Be able to pass a physical examination 
    • Be able to pass 4 written tests at the DMV or Department of Motor Vehicles 
    • Be able to pass 2 written tests at the CHP or California Highway Patrol  
    • Take a 20-hour driving training course  
    • Be able to pass the driving tests with the CHP
    • Be able to pass a pre-employment drug test and fingerprinting registration 

By the Numbers

  • 2023-2024 School Year
    27 bus/van drivers 
    27 daily routes   
    10-15 Field Trips and Athletic Trips a week
    425: Students transported on a daily basis