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In the Driver's Seat

With the passage of recent KSDE Emergency Safety Intervention regulations (KAR 91-42-1 & 91-42-2), requiring school districts to implement Emergency Safety Intervention Policies and Training for school district employees, KSDE Special Educaion team has provided each 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.

This kit contains:

  •  Bus Driver Program CD - Five interactive CDs, each containing a self-guided curriculum to teach your drivers effective and positive behavior management techniques.
  • Transportation Supervisor Program CD - One CD containing materials to assist transportation administrators in implementing the driver training program.
  • Group Lessons DVD for Drivers - One interactive DVD containing curriculum that a transportation spervisor or driver trainer may use to facilitate training in a group setting.  Lesson plans are included.

All three of these components include video narration and demonstrations of effective strategies to prevent and correct misbehaviors.

To assist you in using this training kit, please click on the following link to watch a recording of a webinar which Randy Sprick conducted on September 18, 2013.  The webinar is approximately 60 minutes.  Links to the power point presentation and the sample documents are also provided.

In the Drivers Seat Webinar Recording

Randy Sprick's Webinar Power Point (PDF)

Sample Documents (PDF)

Also, here is a link to a video message from Randy Sprick with a short explanation of the Bus Driver program and extends a personal thank you to all Kansas bus drivers.

Randy Sprick Video Message

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:

Debbie Romine
School Bus Safety
(785) 296-3570
or any member of the School Bus Safety Unit.

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; Operation Lifesaver railroad safety programs; school bus evacuation, school transportation security, and child passenger safety restraint information to name a few.  Please contact us with any requests you may have.

List of Current Driver Improvement Instructors


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)

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)

Questions about this page contact:
Wilma Crabtree

Deb Romine


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