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Career Story: School Bus Driver In Connecticut

School Bus Driver In Connecticut

Job Title: Bus Driver

Type of Company: I work for a school district in northeastern Connecticut.

Education: Certified Equine Massage Therapist, Galen Equestrian Center

Previous Experience: I was constantly asked by my children's bus drivers to apply, so I did. But I had no previous experience as a bus driver.

Job Tasks: I transport students to and from school on a daily basis. It is also my responsibility to make sure the bus is in good working order. Everyday I have to check the seats in the bus, all of the lights on the bus, the brakes, the tires, the suspension, the emergency exits. It also is my responsibility to make sure the children are safe crossing to and from the bus. It is my responsibility to make sure in the winter the bus is plugged in so that it will start every morning. There is also a law that you are not allowed to have snow on the roof of your car and that includes the bus, so it is my job to get to my bus early enough to get the snow cleaned off and get it warmed up for the students.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is the kids and the relationships that you start with them. You get to see them grow every year.

The worst part about the job is driving in the snowy weather. It is also tough if you have someone on the bus whom you have trouble getting along with. It can be very trying to have to deal with the same problems every single day, so you must be able to deal with the stress factor.

Job Tips: You need to have patience. You need to understand that you are dealing with a lot of different personalities. You need to be able to interact with a parent who may have a concern.

Additional Thoughts: You need to be dedicated. It is your responsibility to get 60+ students to and from school safely! You must be clear headed every day. You must have a good driving record and absolutely no criminal background. You have to go through a tough background check which includes an FBI check and fingerprinting.

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