Prior to enrolling in any of the classes, a new or current school bus driver should be hired by an Oklahoma school. Normally, the employing district's transportation director or superintendent will make arrangements for their school bus drivers to enroll in the appropriate certification class. The State Department of Public Safety requires school bus drivers to have a commercial driver license (CDL) with a passenger endorsement. Some of the classes will also be able to assist to in obtaining a CDL. If you need additional school bus driver qualification information, or how to contact a state certified instructor for school bus driver classes, you may call the Student Transportation Section of the State Department of Education at (405) 521-3472.
* FOR POSSIBLE ADDITIONAL CLASSES: Call the nearest Career and Technology Center (Tech) or larger Public School (P.S.) Districts close to your area.
While school buses remain incredibly safe, we all know that students who ride buses are most vulnerable when they are outside the bus in the “danger zone.” Oklahoma is assisting the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) in coordinating a national survey to determine the prevalence of illegal passing of school buses. That data will help improve safety countermeasures at the state or national level.
We are enlisting your assistance in this important project. On April 24, 2013, please have your district’s school bus operators observe and report any instances of motorists illegally passing their school buses, using the Stop Arm Survey Form.
Please instruct them to pay particular attention to the instructions and safety precautions. As always, their primary duty is to the safety of their students. Please have your drivers note the criteria at the bottom of the form to ensure they report only illegal passes that occur while the bus driver is stopped with red warning lights flashing and stop arm(s) deployed in full compliance with Oklahoma's training and procedures for school bus drivers. Different from previous years, this year’s count focuses exclusively on individual vehicles that illegally pass stopped school buses, regardless of whether multiple vehicles pass at the same stop.
Please collect your district’s results (including all forms from participating drivers who did not have any stop arm violations to report on this day) and report them no later than May 8, 2013 as follows:
Please place all Illegal Passing Driver Reporting Forms in an envelope and send them to
State Department of Education
Student Transportation Division
2500 N. Lincoln Boulevard
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105-4599
Thank you for your help with this important initiative
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For more information, contact Trent Gibson, Director of Student Transportation, SDE, (405) 521-3472.
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