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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 Recertification Class

October 6, 2015
Reno County Correctional Facility
Fountain Hall
1800 South Severance
Hutchinson, Kansas
Please use the link below to Register


AAA DIP New Instructor Certification Class

October 19, 20, 21, & 22nd, 2015
Smoky Hill Education Service Center
605 East Crawford 
Salina, Kansas 67401

Please use the link below to Register


Scheduled class dates for Medic First Aid Instructors Certification

Medic First Aid / CPR New Instructors Course

October 27, 28 & 29, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
USD 435 District Office
213 N Broadway  
Abilene, Kansas 67410

Please use the link below to Register

Current List of Certified DIP (Driver Improvement Program) Instructors

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

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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