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School Bus Safety

The School Bus Safety Unit provides information to schools, contract transportation operations, and patrons in all aspects of safely transporting students to and from school and activities. Oral and written responses to questions and interpretation of school transportation regulations, statutes, and operating procedures and guidelines are provided on a daily basis.

Along with our partners from the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Unit coordinates the annual inspection process for over 11,000 school buses and school vehicles across the state.

The unit provides a variety of programs, workshops, and seminars including Medic First Aid/CPR/AED and the American Automobile Association’s Driver Improvement Program courses; school bus evacuation, school transportation security, and child passenger safety restraint information, just to name a few.

The unit maintains a vast video library of more than 500 titles that may be used by school transportation and driver education programs in Kansas encompassing many aspects of driver safety and training.

A valuable resource for Kansas schools from the School Bus Safety Unit is the KBESS (Kansas Bus Emergency Service System) directory that our staff publishes annually. Information is gathered from school districts and contract transportation operators across the state.

For over 40 years, the School Bus Safety Unit has collected information from all states to publish the National Loading & Unloading Survey. This report has been recognized by the National Association of State Directors for Pupil Transportation Services, the National Association for Pupil Transportation, and the Annual Congress for National School Transportation Specifications and Procedures as a most valuable resource.

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

School Bus Safety Assistant Director
Dennis Tate

Senior Administrative Assistant
Wilma Crabtree

Education/Information Representative  
Debora Romine


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