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Bus Attendant, Special Education

OFFICIAL TITLE: Bus Attendant Spec Ed CODE: 6510 SQ/OQ: Senior Qualified
WORKING TITLE: Bus Attendant, Special Education GRADE: 07 MONTHS: 10
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION OF CLASSIFICATION: Under close supervision, attends to the physical and emotional needs of special education students on school buses. Employees in this class are responsible for the care and safety of students with disabilities transported to and from their homes and schools. Nature of work involves managing student behavior to provide the driver freedom to operate the school bus safely by creating a positive and safe transportation environment. Bus attendants must exercise constant alertness to children's physical problems and to react promptly in the event of seizures or other problems. Employees in this class must also be knowledgeable of all students assigned to the bus. Work is performed under the direction of a transportation supervisor, or designated assistant, with required consultations from special education teachers, administrators and bus operators.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Knowledge of the field of child development with specific applications to students with disabilities. Must be able to operate the wheelchair lift. Considerable patience and ability to assist the physically, mentally and emotionally impaired students. Able to keep confidential student information. Ability to assume responsibility for the safety of students in the absence of the school bus operator or if the bus operator is incapacitated. Must have the ability to learn bus evacuation procedures. Good human relations and communication skills. Knowledge of and the ability to meet the seven core competencies of the Supporting Services Professional Growth System (SSPGS).
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE: High School or GED diploma required. Some experience in the care of students with disabilities. Some ability to communicate in sign language desirable, but not required, for some positions. Other combinations of applicable education, training and experience which provide the knowledge, abilities and skills necessary to perform effectively in the position may be considered.
CERTIFICATE AND LICENSE REQUIREMENTS: Certified in basic First Aid and CPR desirable, but not required.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: (Special requirements such as lifting heavy objects and frequent climbing.) Sufficient physical strength and stamina to assist handicapped students on and off the bus, bodily lifting students when required. Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs. Must bend and reach in awkward positions at times to secure children and equipment.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: (Frequent overtime or night work required, etc.) As needed.


1. Works with student population with physical, sensory, emotional or learning disabilities.

2. Escorts students on and off the bus and aids them physically.

3. Is able to lift students for emergency bus evacuation.

4. Must be on the bus at the appropriate time to check equipment and leave on time.

5. Assigns students to seats and adjusts safety straps and other restraints.

6. Properly secures students in various types of equipment.

7. Observes and responds to students with seizures, other medical conditions, behavior changes and any other unusual conditions on the bus and implements behavior controls when necessary.

8. Assists a substitute bus operator with directions.

9. Performs bus attendant pre-trip inspection of special equipment.

10. Completes daily attendance reports in the Bus Attendant Blue Book.

11. Gathers and maintains confidential student medical data sheets.

12. Keeps required equipment clean and in good working order.

13. Treats all students and others with respect and compassion.

14. Deals in an effective and tactful manner with emotionally impaired students. Assists the bus operator in performing bus evacuation drills.15. Is calm in an emergency situation and efficiently and quickly evacuates students when needed.

16. Performs related work as required.

Class Established: 7/65
Date(s) Revised: 1/70, 8/87, 7/92, 6/03, 12/12
Last Reviewed:

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