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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
When:    July 23, 24, 25, & 26, 2018
              8 am - 5 pm
              You must attend all four days

Where:   Kansas Association of School Boards
            1420  SW Arrowhead Road 
            Topeka, Kansas 66604 

Cost:    $750 (includes Instructor Manual and Instructional DVD)

Register here: http://events.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=839


AAA DIP Re-certification Class 

When:       May 22, 2018
                 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Where:      Kansas State Department of Education
                 Landon State Office Building
                 900 SW Jackson St.  - Room 509
                 Topeka, Kansas 66612 

Register Here: http://events.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=831


Current List of Certified DIP (Driver Improvement Program) Instructors

Scheduled class dates for Medic First Aid Instructors Certification


Medic First Aid Instructors Class

When:    May 24, 2018
               8:15 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.               
Where:   Kansas State Department of Education
               Landon State Office Building
               900 SW Jackson St.  - Room 509             
               Topeka, Kansas 66612

Cost:      $225 includes Instructor Manual and Instructional DVD.

Registration Deadline: May 20, 2018

Register here: http://events.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=865

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, child passenger safety restraint information, bullying, and pre-trip inspections 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
Melissa Ostermeyer
KSDE School Bus Safety Unit
to schedule the training.

Simulated Smoke Evacuation Drill for School Buses

The KSDE School Bus Safety Unit has a smoke machine available which can scheduled to assist with evacuation drill training for your bus drivers.  Along with the smoke machine, a quick refresher course is given to transportation personnel as to the who,what, when, where and why's of evacuation drills.

Please contact:

Melissa Ostermeyer
KSDE School Bus Safety Unit
Smoke Machine Notice and Permission Form

On-Line Video Links

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
This training is available on the KSDE Training Portal (Moodle)

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. This training will allow individual or group training. First Observer for School Transportation
This training is available on the KSDE Training Portal (Moodle)


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 offers six training videos for school bus drivers and school bus monitors detailing the steps necessary to properly install, and place a child in, three types of child safety restraint systems, (rear-facing, front-facing, and  safety vest), The videos illustrate various sections of the Child Passenger Safety Restraint Systems on School Buses National Training, as an 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

School Bus Training Coordinator 
Melissa Ostermeyer

Senior Administrative Assistant
Annette Blevins

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