School bus drivers must pass the Commercial
Driver License (CDL) license exam with
a school bus endorsement. Restrictions are more stringent for
certain kinds of violations and do not permit any impaired driving
violations. There is a criminal screening as well done through the
Department of Justice to prevent persons from driving children who
have a violent or abusive history. Some bus companies and school
districts hold regular new driver and continuing education programs
for bus drivers. Through training, Milwaukee has cut in half the
number of bus crashes. The Wisconsin School Bus Association also
conducts some training and school bus driver recognition programs.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation and Department of Public Instruction (DPI) developed and
distributed a K-12 curriculum to every school district in the state
in 1992. This included two urban-oriented videos for school
districts where only yellow light stops are made. The curriculum is
not limited to urban areas, and with some explanation, the videos
can be used to show and discuss expected pupil behavior waiting for
and on the bus.
The National Safety Council has
also developed a set of school bus safety materials including videos
for students, parents and bus drivers. The following files are in
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