Driver Selection and Training
School bus drivers hired by the ACISD Transportation Department must meet standards developed by Aransas County ISD and the State Law in the following areas.
Motor Vehicle Records Check
A bus driver’s driving record must be acceptable according to standards developed by the Department of Public Safety and the Aransas County Independent School District. A pre=employment driver licenses check is required for school bus drivers in Texas. This check covers the driver’s motor vehicle record for the past three years. Aransas County ISD maintains a procedure that a new employee will not be hired with more than six penalty points with in the last three years. No one may drive a school vehicle with 10 or more penalty points during the three year period. Drivers who have recently moved to Texas from out of state will be required to furnish a three year required from the state or states in which they lived for that period of time.
Criminal History Record Check
All potential employees are subject to a criminal history record check. Criminal history must be accepted according to the standards developed by the Aransas County ISD and state law.
Work History / Personal Background Check
Aransas County ISD will perform both work history and personal background checks during hiring of potential employees. All employees must meet the standards acceptable to the district.
Annual Physical Examination
“It shall be unlawful for any person to be employed to drive a motor vehicle while in use as a method of transportation of pupils who has not undergone a physical examination which reveals physical and mental capabilities to safely operate a school bus.” All school bus drivers must complete a Texas Department of Public safety physical examination each school year. All drivers must have received a physical before driving students in an ACISD vehicle or be subject to suspension, without pay.
NOTE: Persons who are disqualified may request special consideration from the State Commissioner of Education. The applicant must present in writing, “clear and convincing evidence that his or her will not impair in any way which would reduce the applicant’s effectiveness as a bus driver or endanger the safety and welfare of the children.
Employees covered under this policy are classified as operating in safety-sensitive position. These employees are defined by the federal laws as drivers of vehicles having a gross vehicle weight 26,001 lbs. or more or who operate vehicles designed to transport more than 15 passengers.