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Become A Bus Monitor

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Working As A Bus Monitor

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $29,490

    Average Salary

What Does A Bus Monitor Do At Mid-Sioux Opportunity Inc.

* Must be able to relate to low resource preschool children, families and staff in a positive manner.
* Be knowledgeable of Head Start/Early Head Start Service Plan, Procedures, Performance Standards and Iowa Licensing Regulations
* Work cooperatively with program specialist to ensure that each Head Start/Early Head Start child and family receive the full benefits of the Head Start/Early Head Start program
* Provide direct help in the classroom as needed
* Assist in providing a positive learning environment so all children feel successful
* Read, play and encourage children during work and group times, allow them to make their own choices and encourage them to do things themselves
* Eat with and encourage children at mealtimes and allow them to choose their portions
* Monitor children in the restroom, classroom, outdoors and on field trips
* Assist in providing a safe and sanitary environment
* Assist cook, as needed, and in absence of the cook be responsible for grocery shopping, meal preparation and clean up
* Assist in providing an educational environment following the High Scope, PBIS and 2ndStep curricula to ensure school readiness
* Maintain a warm, nurturing environment that will encourage children to be problem solvers and decision makers
* Assist in collecting anecdotal notes that are current, ongoing, factual and objective on children
* Chaperone on the transportation bus
* Help in meeting in-kind requirements by Head Start Standards
* Be willing and able to substitute as needed
* Effectively communicate with parents on an ongoing basis including face-face, newsletters, phone calls, etc. with documentation of all communication
* Able to work flexible hours without direct supervision
* Affirm the parent role as the primary educator of their child
* Complete necessary paperwork in an accurate and timely manner
* Responsible for contributing to a positive and productive work environment
* Follow HS/EHS cleaning procedures to maintain a clean and sanitary classroom and office
* Other duties as assigned.
* More info on employer website
* Equal Opportunity

What Does A Bus Monitor Do At Saratoga Bridges

* Assist individuals (OPWDD and OMH) on and off vehicles and monitor their activities while being transported.
* Vehicle assignment may change at the discretion of the Transportation Director.
* Reports directly to the Transportation Director in regard to Agency policies and procedures

What Does A Bus Monitor Do At Rocky Boy Head Start

Must be aware of children with special needsMust use appropriate strategies for disciplining and monitoring preschool childrenBe aware of safety concerns at all times and ensures students have departed the busPrepares and keeps student emergency cards on file for contacting parentsAttends all Head Start transportation committee meetingsKeeps appropriate staff members informed of family information as neededDistributes Head Start information to parents as

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How To Become A Bus Monitor

Bus drivers must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). This can sometimes be earned during on-the-job training. A bus driver must possess a clean driving record and often may be required to pass a background check. They also must meet physical, hearing and vision requirements. In addition, bus drivers often need a high school diploma or the equivalent.


Most employers prefer drivers to have a high school diploma or equivalent.


Bus drivers typically go through 1 to 3 months of training. Part of the training is spent on a driving course, where drivers practice various maneuvers with a bus. They then begin to drive in light traffic and eventually make practice runs on the type of route that they expect to drive. New drivers make regularly scheduled trips with passengers and are accompanied by an experienced driver who gives helpful tips, answers questions, and evaluates the new driver's performance.

Some drivers’ training is also spent in the classroom. They learn their company’s rules and regulations, state and municipal traffic laws, and safe driving practices. Drivers also learn about schedules and bus routes, fares, and how to interact with passengers.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All bus drivers must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Some new bus drivers can earn their CDL during on-the-job training. The qualifications for getting one vary by state but generally include passing both knowledge and driving tests. States have the right to not issue a license to someone who has had a CDL suspended by another state.

Drivers can get endorsements to a CDL that reflect their ability to drive a special type of vehicle. All bus drivers must have a passenger (P) endorsement, and school bus drivers must also have a school bus (S) endorsement. Getting the P and S endorsements requires additional knowledge and driving tests administered by a certified examiner.

Many states require all bus drivers to be 18 years of age or older and those who drive across state lines to be at least 21 years old.

Federal regulations require interstate bus drivers to pass a physical exam and submit to random testing for drug or alcohol abuse while on duty. Most states impose similar regulations. Bus drivers can have their CDL suspended if they are convicted of a felony involving the use of a motor vehicle or of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Other actions also can result in a suspension after multiple violations. A list of violations is available from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Most bus drivers are required to undergo background checks before they are hired. 


Opportunities for promotion are generally limited, but experienced drivers may become supervisors or dispatchers. Some veteran bus drivers become instructors of new bus drivers.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. Bus drivers regularly interact with passengers and must be courteous and helpful.

Hand-eye coordination. Driving a bus requires the controlled use of multiple limbs on the basis of what a person observes. Federal regulations require drivers to have normal use of their arms and legs.

Hearing ability. Bus drivers need good hearing. Federal regulations require the ability to hear a forced whisper in one ear at five feet (with or without the use of a hearing aid).

Patience. Because of possible traffic congestion and sometimes unruly passengers, bus drivers are put in stressful situations and must remain calm and continue to operate their bus.

Physical health. Federal and state regulations do not allow people to become bus drivers if they have a medical condition that may interfere with their operation of a bus, such as high blood pressure or epilepsy. A full list of medical reasons that keep someone from becoming a licensed bus driver is available from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Visual ability. Bus drivers must be able to pass vision tests. Federal regulations require at least 20/40 vision with a 70-degree field of vision in each eye and the ability to distinguish colors on a traffic light.

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Bus Monitor Demographics


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  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Chinese

  • French

  • Mandarin

  • Portuguese

  • Indonesian

  • German

  • Japanese

  • Chickasaw

  • Carrier

  • Italian

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Top Bus Monitor Skills

  1. Safety Rules
  2. Special Needs Children
  3. Sure Children
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Followed safety rules as students boarded and exited buses or cross streets near bus stops.
  • Bus Monitor Helped bus driver get special needs children back and forth to their destinations promptly.
  • Make sure children are safe boarding school buses and also maintaining their safety while traveling to and from school.
  • Ride school bus before and after class to fasten the children's seat belts and keep them entertained.
  • Assisted bus driver in assuring seat belts, harnesses, and wheel chair clamps were secured.

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