BETH WYCKOFF, TRANSPORTATION COORDINATOR
All drivers will receive their new student information on Wednesday, August 4th. They have been asked to contact each new student's family before August 16th to provide bus number and pick-up/drop-off times. If you do not hear from your driver or have other transportation questions, please contact Beth Wyckoff.
…is a trained professional who is dedicated to providing safe pupil transportation. Driving a school bus is a demanding job. The challenges presented by maneuvering a 30,000 pound vehicle through busy traffic in all kinds of weather while, at the same time, effectively supervising 50-60 "active" students requires a patient, highly skilled person behind the wheel who is willing to assume a tremendous amount of responsibility for the precious cargo they transport.
Driver applicants are thoroughly evaluated before hire. After a successful interview, they must complete a medical examination, criminal background checks, drug screening and a driving record check. Initial training consists of 15 hours of classroom instruction followed by 20-30 hours of on-the-road training with a certified On Board Instructor (OBI). State evaluators administer the test for the Commercial Driver's License. Once licensed and certified, drivers are required to complete annual in-service training, an annual physical, have their driving record reviewed quarterly and are subject to random drug testing, as per federal law. Every six years, a driver must complete certification renewal training by attending nine hours of classroom instruction and accomplishing a driving evaluation. Specific to Fairbanks Schools, drivers receive a "spot check" driving evaluation from an OBI at the three-year point in the six-year certification cycle.
Remember…safely transporting your kids is serious business. Our drivers are trained and equipped to get the job done right…every day!