15.1-07-20. School vehicle driver - Requirements. 1. a. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, if an individual transports students or other passengers in a school vehicle for which a commercial driver's license is not required, the individual must: (1) Hold a North Dakota driver's license; (2) Be free from communicable diseases; (3) Be in good physical health and have normal use of both hands, both feet, both eyes, and both ears; (4) Be of sound mental health; (5) Pass any drug and alcohol screening tests required by the school board; and (6) Be at least twenty-one years of age, unless the board of a school district determines that an individual not meeting this requirement can safely and adequately perform the required duties. b. If the vehicle being used to transport students or other passengers under this subsection is a school vehicle for which a commercial driver's license is not required, but which is designed to seat ten to fifteen passengers, the individual must: (1) Hold a North Dakota driver's license; (2) Meet the physical and medical requirements established for commercial vehicle drivers; (3) Complete any annual training required by the superintendent of public instruction; and (4) Be at least twenty-one years of age, unless the board of a school district determines that an individual not meeting this requirement can safely and adequately perform the required duties. 2. a. The board of a school district may request, at any time, that a health care professional designated by the board examine an individual to determine if the individual meets the physical and medical requirements of subsection 1. b. The health care professional conducting the examination shall forward any charges to the individual's insurance carrier for payment. Any examination costs that remain after application of the individual's insurance coverage are the responsibility of the board.
NDDPI School Bus Driver Guide (P.13) Training Responsibilities
In addition, all regular, substitute, and activity bus drivers are required by the Department of Public Instruction to attend the following training programs:
• Annual training workshop sponsored by the local school district or county superintendent's office.
• DD-4 workshop every five years. New drivers must attend within one year of employment.
• Other meetings/training called by the transportation director.
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ND Department of Public Instruction
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