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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.

Additional Resources

Bus Driver Information - CDL, Physical, Medical Self-Certification, Alchol/Drug and TB Testing Information
Bus/School Vehicle Inspections - Inspection forms, Inspection Guidance Document and Mechanic Letter
Bus Purchasing Program / Bus Sales - KS Bus Purchasing Program, School Bus Vendors, State Bid Information for Vehicles
Documents - Hiring Information, Hour Guidance, File Retention, Accident Data & more
Forms - Out of District, TB Form, Evacuation, Safety Meeting Roster, Pre-Trip, New Hire Disclosure, Verified Statement & More
Frequently Asked Questions List of over 80 frequently asked questions
Fuel Tax Information - Information on State & Federal Fuel Tax, Ruby Red Diesel
Illegal Passing Information - Links to current and past information on illegal passing of school buses
KBESS (Kansas Bus Emergency Support System) - Links to the current publication and update form
Kansas State Pupil Transportation Associaiton (KSPTA) - Links to KSPTA materials and events
Loading & Unloading Surveys - Links to current and past national loading and unloading surveys
On-Line Training Video Links
Related Sites & Links -
List of links to various websites
Regulations - Links to Kansas Bus Regulations, Kansas Statutes, Regulation Manual, National Standards Publications
Resources for Positive Behavior & Emergency Safety Intervention Support - Kansas’ Technical Assistance System Network
Safety Materials - Public Service Announcements, Coloring Book, Power Point
School Bus Safety Poster Contest - Past and present safety posters & contest rules
School District Maps - Links to Kansas school district maps provided by KDOT
School Safety Hotline - Information on the Kansas School Safety Hotline phone number
Training - Information on Medic First Aid, AAA Defensive Driving Instructors & other training aids
Transportation Meetings/Forums - Information on annual September transportation meetings & forums
Video Catalog - List of current dvd's available & dvd request form

School Bus Safety Director
Keith Dreiling
785-296-4567
785-296-6659 (fax)
kdreiling@ksde.org

School Bus Safety Assistant Director
Dennis Tate
785-296-4545
dtate@ksde.org

Senior Administrative Assistant
Wilma Crabtree
785-296-3551

Education/Information Representative  
Debora Romine

 

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