School Bus Safety Unit Video Streaming

The Kansas State Department of Education has 10 streaming safety videos available for the 2022-2023 school year. These videos are being made available to any School Bus Driver, Transportation Director, Trainer or School Bus Contractor employed by any Kansas school.  There is no limit on the number of times you can view a video or access this service.

To access these videos follow this link

Enter Viewers Access Code: BusDriver-xs46



KSDE Training Portal

Log in page (formerly referred to as Moodle)

Available Courses on Portal

  • Human Trafficking
  • Water on the Roadway
  • Railroad Crossing Safety
  • First Observer Plus
  • School Bus Security During Loading & Unloading

Portal Courses General Information

  • The course slides have a minimum but no maximum time set on them.
  • If you have to log out of Moodle and log back in, Moodle  will take you back to where you left off, when you log back in.
  • There are questions at the end of the course which will need to be answered.
  • You cannot advance to the certificate until  questions are answered.
  • The course can be taken individually or as a group.


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


Wheelchair Securment

KSDE School Bus Safety Unit strongly recommends any personnel responsible for transporting students in wheelchairs participate in a formal securement training.  Training is available through KSDE School Bus Safety Unit and through wheelchair securement manufacturers.
Including but not limited to the following:

Proper Securement Techniques
Correct Procedures for wheel chair tie-down and occupant restraint use
Regulations and best practices
Required Equipment

To schedule a training, please contact

Melissa Ostermeyer
KSDE School Bus Safety Unit
Dennis Tate
School Bus Safety Assistant Director
(785) 296-4545 


New Instructor Training for AAA Driver Improvement Program

The School Bus Safety Unit can provide training to certify new instructors for the American Automobile Association’s (AAA) Driver Improvement Program (DIP). The School Bus Safety Unit offers these classes at various times through the year. When these classes become availabe the dates, times, cost and registration information will be posted on our Upcoming Events webpage 

If you are interested or have another person interested in becoming an instructor for DIP or for further information, please contact:
Dennis Tate
School Bus Safety Assistant State Director 
(785) 296-4545

Current list of certified AAA Driver Improvement 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, child passenger safety restraint training, bullying, pre-trip inspections, human trafficking, wheelchair securment and Buster the Bus, to name a few.  If you are interested in any of these programs, or for further information, to schedule a training please contact:

Dennis Tate
School Bus Safety Assistant Director
(785) 296-4545 
Melissa Ostermeyer
KSDE School Bus Safety Unit


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.

Distracted Driving - Video produced by the Missourri Association for Pupil Transportation

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  Video 2

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.


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


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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