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Provide safe and efficient transportation services to students with special education needs.  The driver is responsible for everything and everyone on the bus. In addition to the responsibilities of all school bus drivers, the Special Education non -CDL Driver with School Bus Permit: 

  • Must be physically capable to load and unload passengers. 
  • Responsible for the supervision of the attendant assigned to their route. 
  • Must perform a thorough pre-trip inspection of the vehicle including all equipment. 
  • Must perform a thorough post-trip inspection as required by law. 
  • Responsible for the cleanliness of the vehicle. 
  • Will be held liable if a child is left on the vehicle.  
  • Demonstrate a commitment to know about your students, what their needs are, assist locating and implementing important information such as: 
    • The IEP (Transportation Plans) 
    • Emergency information, including evacuation plan, special medical information and any DNR orders 
    • Seating chart 
    • Emergency equipment (fire extinguishers, first aid kit) 
  • Exercise universal precautions. 
  • Maintain a high level of professionalism. 
  • Maintain a high level of confidentiality. 
  • Communication among all team members is essential. 


Be 21 years of age or older.  Possess a valid and properly classified driver's license issued by Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri or Kentucky. The valid license must contain an “S” endorsement.  Current license must have been held for at least three years, in addition it has not been revoked, suspended, canceled or disqualified as defined in Illinois Vehicle Code 625 ILCS 5/1-217 & 1-148.3a-5.  Pass an Illinois written school bus driver permit test (valid for 1 year). Pass a behind the wheel exam (valid for 180 days) in the type of vehicle you will be driving. Pass a physical examination (valid for 90 days), including drug and tuberculosis testing. Affirm under penalty of perjury that you have not made a false statement or knowingly concealed a material fact in any application for permit. Complete an initial classroom training course (valid for one year) administered by the Illinois State Board of Education.  Demonstrate the ability to exercise reasonable care in the operation of a First Division vehicle in accordance with the requirements.  Be physically able to safely operate a First Division vehicle. Not have been under an order of court supervision or convicted of two or more serious traffic offenses within the previous 12-month period, nor be convicted of two or more serious traffic offenses during any 12-month period prior to the date of your application.  Not have been under an order of court supervision or convicted of reckless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs or reckless homicide while operating of a motor vehicle within three years of the date of application.  Pass an Illinois specific and FBI criminal background check, whereas fingerprint results are valid for one year. Consent in writing to the release of results of reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing by the employer of the applicant to the Secretary of State.   Not have, through the unlawful operation of a motor vehicle, caused an accident resulting in the death of any person. Not have been afflicted with or suffering from any mental disability or disease within the last five years. 

Additional Qualifications:  After the pre-employment interview, a new applicant must (1) pass a physical examination, including a tuberculosis test and drug testing; (2) be fingerprinted, as prescribed by the Secretary of State, and clear an Illinois specific background check, with prints forwarded to the FBI for a national background check; (3) complete the initial classroom course conducted by the Regional Office of Education; and (5)  pass all written and performance exams necessary for the proper classification of the driver's license. 


Salary based on training and experience, range is $18-$24 per hour. 

Benefits:  FREE Individual health, dental, and vision coverage.


Additional Notes

Working Conditions:   Morning and afternoon hours / midday and summer hours available / salary or hourly pay options, follow school calendar(s) of route(s) to which assigned, paid training and great benefits. 

How to Apply

Apply online at www.lwase843.org

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