Facts

Sharyland ISD
Sharyland ISD school buses:
  • Transports 3,050 students every school day.
  • Travel more than 788,000 miles every year.
  • Complete more than 51 routes to schools every day.
  • Service approximately 1,000 field trips per year (including vans).

Each employee of the transportation team is a vital member of an organization striving for excellence. It is important to remember that transportation of students involves much more than delivering children to and from school.

Maintaining an exemplary standard as reflected by the District’s safety record is a constant challenge each employee must be willing to accept.The men and women charged with the safety of Sharyland ISD children are highly trained professionals who take their jobs seriously. Bus drivers perform a variety of tasks such as operating the bus and all related equipment in a safe and efficient manner, performing pre-trip inspections, maintaining effective pupil behavior management control over groups of children, keeping the bus clean and neat, etc.

Sharyland ISD

Obviously, it takes a special type of person to handle the tremendous responsibilities vested in bus drivers, so Sharyland ISD is careful to hire only the most qualified individuals. In order to be considered for employment, individuals must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Obtain and maintain a valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
    with all appropriate endorsements and classifications and all other
    required licenses, permits and certificates.
  • Pass a Post-Offer Employment Evaluation
  • Have and maintain a satisfactory driving and criminal background as determined by the Texas Department of Public Safety that reflects a professional driver and which meets all contractual, local, state and federal requirements.
  • Pass an annual physical examination
  • Show negative on a pre-employment drug and alcohol test as well
    as be subject to random, post-accident, reasonable suspicion, and follow-up drug and alcohol testing
and,
  • Have completed or be enrolled in the School Bus Driver
    Certification Course developed by the Texas Education Agency
    and the Texas Department of Public Safety

Prior to consideration of employment, applicants must appear for a personal interview at which time they are screened for emotional stability and positive attitude, evidence of being mature and able to handle responsibility, pleasant personality and disposition, and neatness of grooming and personal appearance.

After meeting all of the above requirements, candidates for employment are expected to successfully complete the Sharyland ISD school bus driver training program. The state’s certification course involves 20 hours of training and an additional eight hours every three years thereafter.