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In the Driver's Seat

KSDE Emergency Safety Intervention regulations (KAR 91-42-1 & 91-42-2), requires schools to implement Emergency Safety Intervention (ESI) policies and training for school employees. The ESI regulations are for all students. KSDE has provided each Kansas School District a training kit titled "In the Driver's Seat".  The kit was created as part of the safe and Civil Schools training series by Randy Sprick and is designed to help school bus drivers maintain a safe and positive bus climate and will help school districts meet the requirements for training specified in these new regulations.

More information and resources can be found on the School Bus Safety Unit's  Resources for Positive Behavior & Emergency Safety Intervention Support web page.

KSDE/TASN Information Flyer

New Instructor Training for AAA Driver Improvement Program & Medic First Aid

The School Bus Safety Unit can provide training to certify new instructors for both the American Automobile Association’s (AAA) Driver Improvement Program (DIP) and Medic First Aid’s CPR and First Aid classes. The School Bus Safety Unit offers these classes at various times through the year.

If you are interested or have another person interested in becoming an instructor for either of these programs, or for further information, please contact:
Dennis Tate
School Bus Safety Assistant Director
(785) 296-4545

Scheduled class dates for DIP Instructor Certification & Recertification 

AAA DIP New Instructor Certification Class

There are currently no classes scheduled. 
Please contact the School Bus Safety Unit for more information. 
Cost:      $750


AAA DIP Re-certification Class 

Where:    Reno County Correstions Facility
               1800 South Severance Street
               Fountian Hall
               Hutchinson Kansas 67501

When:     October 3, 2017
                8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Registration link: http://events.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=826


Current List of Certified DIP (Driver Improvement Program) Instructors

Scheduled class dates for Medic First Aid Instructors Certification


Medic First Aid Instructors Class

There are currently no classes scheduled. 
Please contact the School Bus Safety Unit for more information.




KSDE Training

The KSDE School Bus Safety Unit has a number of training programs available including but not limited to MEDIC First Aid/CPR/AED; The American Automobile Association's Driver Improvement Program courses;  school bus evacuation, school transportation security, and child passenger safety restraint information to name a few.  If you are interested in any of these programs, or for further information, please contact:

Dennis Tate
School Bus Safety Assistant Director
(785) 296-4545
to schedule the training.

Simulated Smoke Evacuation Drill for School Buses

The KSDE School Bus Safety Unit has a smoke machine available which we can schedule for your school to assist with evacuation drills for your bus drivers and/or students.

This training can be tailored for school Bus Driver and Students. The school can choose which group(s) they wish to participate in the training.

Please contact:

Dennis Tate or Keith Dreiling
KSDE School Bus Safety Unit 
Smoke Machine Notice and Permission Form

Training Aids

Power Point Presentation regarding Kansas School Boards adopting policies and procedures to be followed when an emergency situation arises while transporting students pursuant to K.A.R. 91-38-9.

Emergency School Bus Evacuation Power Point (PPT)

Manual with guidelines for best practices to teach children and adults the safest way to get off the bus in an emergency situation.

Emergency Evacuation Manual (PDF)

Transporting Homeless Children REsource Material including weblinks and contact information.

Homeless Resource (PDF)

Frequently asked questions and information regarding the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's ban on cell phones.

Cell Phone FAQ (PDF)

Protocols for School Bus Drivers and School Bus Passenger in the event a power line fall on or near their bus.

Power Line Protocols (PDF)

Short Training Videos regarding Downed Power Lines from Safe Electricity and the Kansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc.

Auto Accidents and Power Lines

Wheel Chair Securement Training

Medic First Aid Instructors


On-Line Video

The following are links to various videos posted on the internet which can be used for safety programs or other training.

Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Awareness Training for School Bus Drivers. Produced in cooperation with the pupil transportation industry and U.S. DOT for Operation Lifesaver, Inc. The purpose of this video is to make school bus drivers aware of the potential dangers that exist at highway-rail grade crossings, and the steps necessary to ensure their own safety as well as the safety of students in their care. http://oli.org/video/view/decide-smart-arrive-safe

Two videos, produced through a joint effort of the Indiana State Police, Indiana Department of Education, School Transportation Association of Indiana and the Mooresville Consolidated School Corporation, is intended to be used as a training tool for school bus drivers to reduce potential injuries and fatalities which could result during violent acts. Viewer Discretion is advised. Video 1 https://vimeo.com/98654521  Video 2 https://vimeo.com/98659611

TSA First Observer Program.  The link will take you to a training module for Surface Transportation Security Training for School Transportation provided at no cost by TSA. The training requires individual to watch the three module videos on site with the option to print a certification of completion.  This training will allow individual or group training. First Observer for School Transportation
Recommendation for training (1.) watch all three modules, (2.) Print the Certificate, (3.) Keep a copy in their file.

Each employer shall ensure that all persons designated to supervise drivers receive at least 60 minutes of training on alcohol misuse and receive at least an additional 60 minutes of training on controlled substances use. The training will be used by the supervisors to determine whether reasonable suspicion exists to require a driver to undergo alcohol or drug testing. The training shall include the physical, behavioral, speech, and performance indicators of probable alcohol misuse and use of controlled substances. Recurrent training for supervisory personnel is not required.

Downed Power Lines from Safe Electricity and the Kansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. Auto Accidents and Power Lines

Child Safety Restraint Systems (CSRS) on School Buses 
NHTSA has created a video for school bus drivers and school bus monitors detailing the steps necessary to properly install 3 types of a CSRS (rear-facing, front-facing, and  safety vest) on a school bus seat, as well as the proper placement of a child in the CSRS. The video illustrates various sections of the NHTSA Child Passenger Safety Restraint Systems on School Buses National Training to provide demonstration as a companion enhancement resource for trainers and attendees of this course.


School Bus Safety Director
Keith Dreiling
785-296-6659 (fax)

School Bus Safety Assistant Director
Dennis Tate

Training Coordinator 
Melissa Ostermeyer

Senior Administrative Assistant
Wilma Crabtree

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