Community Action Program — Head Start
Bus Driver / Custodian II
Grade: 3 Starting salary $10.46 per hour, 40 hours per week, 41 weeks per year
Summary: The Bus Driver is responsible for the safe transportation of children to and from school, on field trips, and medical appointments. Transporting children, record keeping, adhering to all traffic regulations, assisting with children, delivering food and supplies are among the major responsibilities of this position. The bus driver is also responsible for the daily cleaning of the centers.
Minimum Duties, Essential Duties, and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- Maintain and submit time sheet and activity log in a timely manner, ensuring
complete and accurate information.
- Maintain support and on-going communication with Area Content Specialists and center staff.
- Maintain and submit accurate and complete information, e.g., reports and records.
- Ensure timely disposition of memos, correspondence and messages to the
- Keep a positive attitude toward all aspects of the program and seek ways to
improve the delivery of services.
- Participate in the Orientation to the Program and Agency for all staff as required.
- Attend staff meetings as required.
- Contribute to the efforts of the program to meet or exceed state and local
- Facilitate a working relationship with all program and agency personnel where
communication is shared regarding services and records for enrollees and their
Minimum Job Functions
Minimum job functions are duties for which no reasonable accommodation can be made other than for a limited amount of time and for medical reasons.
- Transport children to and from school daily.
- Adhere to all traffic regulations, directions, and speed limits to ensure the safety of all children and adults.
- Follow the bus loading and unloading protocol for every trip to ensure that all children under supervision are accounted for.
- Follow time schedules and routes in order to transport children to their destination on time.
- Conduct daily, routine inspection (pre-trip inspection) of vehicle as listed on the vehicle inspection checklist.
- Transport and assist with the supervision of children on field trips and to the offices of doctor/dentists, and speech therapists.
- Transport food according to USDA codes to outlying centers.
- Deliver and put away classroom and kitchen supplies — milk, cereal, frozen foods, etc., maintaining appropriate documentation logs for these items.
- Clean and maintain the center, equipment, and grounds according to procedural guidelines.
Essential Job Functions
Essential job functions are duties that are equally as important as minimum job functions;
however, reasonable accommodations can be made to complete these responsibilities;
- Ensure that vehicles are kept clean and free from hazards.
- Take vehicles for scheduled inspections and maintenance checks.
- Coordinate with the Transportation Supervisor, the Head Teacher, and classroom staff for daily schedule of activities.
- Randomly check the temperature of food when lunches are delivered, ensuring that USDA temperature guidelines are maintained.
- Check center mailboxes at the Gibson center and ensure that items are delivered to the Head Teacher upon return to the center (same day).
- Routinely check maintenance needs of the center including windows, doors, equipment, grounds, and other center fixtures, reporting to the Maintenance Supervisor as needed.
- Actively participate with the children during classroom activities throughout the school day when activities such as dental/medical appointments, speech appointments, field trips, and deliveries are not occurring.
- Communicate directly with the Transportation Supervisor and the Head Teacher when situations occur that will prevent the pick-up or drop-off of children.
- Communicate immediately with appropriate personnel regarding health, safety, or behavioral concerns of children under supervision.
- Attend all required trainings and training updates as required by Head Start and licensing agencies.
- Observe the Agency’s confidentiality policy regarding participants, records,
technology, reports, and staff.
- Adhere to professional standards of ethics.
- Establish and foster good working relationships within the Agency and in the community.
- Demonstrate work habits which comply with Agency Personnel Policies and
- Act as a representative of the Head Start Program and the
Community Action Program Committee, Inc. within the community.
- Serve as an advocate for the Head Start Program, participants in the program,
Agency, and community. Supervisory Responsibilities: None
Competencies: The competencies listed here are representative of those that must be met to
successfully perform the essential functions of the job – organizational skills,
record-keeping, leadership, problem solving, time management, self directed and requires minimum supervision. Employee must have good literacy skills, being able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Mathematical Skills: Ability to calculate figures.
Computer Skills: Ability to use word processing software and e-mail.
Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each minimum and essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with diagnosed disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
Education and/or Experience: Must have a high School Diploma or GED. A CDL license,
Class B or above with airbrake endorsement. Must provide the Agency with proof of a clean
Other Qualifications: Applicants must have a current Florida Driver’s license, reliable
transportation, satisfactory criminal records check for abuse and neglect, negative TB skin test,
drug testing as required and state required minimum vehicle insurance and uninsured motorist
insurance. Applicants must meet all Department of Children and Families requirements for
employment and must be able to successfully complete the forty hour child care class.
Physical Demands: This position requires the employee to be in a seated position on a school
bus for the majority of the day. The employee will be required to stand for long periods of time
while cleaning or working in the classroom. Bending at the waist, stooping, lifting, kneeling, and
crouching on the floor are required. The employee must be able to lift 50 pounds. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with a diagnosed disability to perform
essential job functions.
Work Environment: The employee will be required to perform work indoors and outdoors.
Work location will be determined yearly. Employee can be expected to be moved from one
center to another during the course of employment. Reasonable accommodations may be made
to enable individuals with a diagnosed disability to perform essential job