It is Student Transportation Inc.'s goal to hire and train drivers and other transportation staff who are committed to the task. Today's school buses are tougher and more diligently maintained than ever before. School bus drivers receive special training in safety, security and medical procedures; undergo regular drug and alcohol testing; and receive regular driving record checks. School bus traffic laws designed to protect students are strictly enforced.
Student Transportation Inc. is committed to the safety of the students we transport, and we believe that our drivers' knowledge is the groundwork for safe and dependable service. We continually provide our drivers with up-to-date training, ensuring they are the safest drivers on the road. Our safety and training programs meet and often exceed Federal and State regulations, and will observe all rules and policies of the local district it is operating in.
Each driver provided by Student Transportation Inc. will be required to attend the annual mandatory driver training administered on a state level. Additionally, all drivers are required to complete annual training using the NAPT-recommended program, The Driver Training Course, comprised of 15 instructional DVDs with accompanying study guides and posters. We require all newly hired drivers to complete a minimum 35 hours of training, which exceeds state regulations; experienced and drivers will be required to complete a minimum of 12 hours.
Drivers will be expected to keep all required certificates valid and up-to-date. To operate a school bus for Student Transportation Inc., drivers must have the following certifications on file:
Launched in 2011 with great success, ST University ("STU") is STI's interactive training supplement to our more traditional Behind-the-Wheel and Classroom training methods, with a web-based platform that can be accessed from any computer with Internet capability. Employees can log in to the learning system with a unique user name and password to view training modules that consist of videos and presentation styled material, covering a wide variety of topics.
These training modules are created in part with Student Transportation Inc.'s company Councils, including Communications, Safety, Maintenance and Special Needs, to deliver a new and innovative approach to employee training. Modules currently being viewed by employees across the country include Autism Spectrum Disorder Awareness, Behavior-based Safety Training, Morale and Team Building, Seizure Disorder Awareness, Special Needs Bus Evacuation Plan, two Bullying Workshops and Fire Prevention and Safety.
Having professionally trained monitors on our buses allow the drivers to keep their eyes solely on the road. Student Transportation Inc. provides a training program to bus monitors that will meet or exceed all State and District specifications. This program will also meet all Department of Transportation requirements. All bus monitors must complete a minimum of 10 hours of training prior to working on any bus operated for the district. -Loading and unloading procedures, including Danger Zones
Written documentation will be maintained identifying the training modules covered and the dates the training occurred for every driver and bus monitor. Annually, every driver and bus monitor will receive a minimum of 10 hours of in-service training before the start of each school year, and a minimum of 10 hours of training during the regular school year.