COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL BUS DRIVER SAFETY TRAINING PROGRAM
§ 3650. Comprehensive school bus driver safety training program. 1.
The commissioner, in consultation with the state comprehensive school
bus driver safety training council and subject to appropriation by the
a. Develop a uniform and comprehensive school bus driver safety
training program for school bus drivers transporting students to and
from school by school bus including instruction to such school bus
drivers concerning the latest safety techniques using the latest
b. Include within the safety training program the development of
curriculum and training materials including a school bus driver safety
c. Develop and conduct professional development school bus driver
safety training seminars statewide.
d. Establish and maintain a data base containing data relative to
school bus accidents and fatalities reported within the state.
e. Engage the services of consultants on a contract basis for
rendering professional and tactical assistance.
2. The commissioner, in consultation with the state commission on
quality care and advocacy for persons with disabilities, shall
promulgate rules and regulations requiring every school bus driver
operating a school bus which has or will have one or more students with
a disability as passengers to receive training and instruction relating
to the understanding of, and attention to, the special needs of such
students. Such training and instruction may be included with the
training and instruction required pursuant to paragraph a of subdivision
one of this section and shall be provided at least once per year or more
frequently as determined by the commissioner in consultation with the
state comprehensive school bus driver safety training council. For the
purposes of this subdivision, the term "student with a disability" shall
have the same meaning as such term is defined in subdivision one of
section forty-four hundred one of this chapter. Any person employed as a
school bus driver on January first, two thousand nine who is subject to
the provisions of this subdivision shall comply with the requirements of
this subdivision by July first, two thousand nine. Any school bus driver
hired after January first, two thousand nine who is subject to the
requirements of this subdivision shall complete such training and
instruction prior to assuming his or her duties.
§ 3650-a. State comprehensive school bus driver safety training
council. 1. There is hereby created and established in the department of
education a council, to be known as the state comprehensive school bus
driver safety training council. The council shall advise and assist the
commissioner in the development and updating of the school bus driver
safety training program and such other related matters as the council
and commissioner shall deem appropriate. Such council shall consist of
the commissioner of education as chair, the superintendent of state
police, the commissioner of transportation and the commissioner of motor
vehicles and eight other members to be appointed by the governor
including the following:
a. Two members to be appointed upon the recommendation of the speaker
of the assembly.
b. Two members to be appointed upon the recommendation of the
temporary president of the senate.
c. One member to be appointed upon the recommendation of the minority
leader of the assembly.
d. One member to be appointed upon the recommendation of the minority
leader of the senate.
2. The members of the council, other than the ex officio members,
shall serve for terms of two years. Such terms shall coincide with the
election of the members of the state legislature and shall commence on
the fifteenth day of January. Vacancies shall be filled for unexpired
terms in the same manner as the original appointments.
3. The council shall meet at least semi-annually at the call of the
chair. Additional meetings may be called upon at least five days notice
by the chair or by petition of five members of the council.
4. No member of the council shall be disqualified from holding any
other public office, nor shall employment be forfeited by reason of the
member's appointment hereunder, notwithstanding the provisions of any
general, special or local law, ordinance, county or city charter.
5. Each member of the council shall receive reimbursement for actual
and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.
6. The council shall, during its first year, consider and may make
recommendations on the following issues:
a. inclement weather procedures;
b. emergency school bus evacuation techniques;
c. safety equipment training;
d. promotion of public safety;
e. unauthorized boarding of buses; and
f. services for students with disabilities.
7. The council shall make, on or before January first of each year, an
annual report of its activities and such recommendations as it may deem
appropriate to the board of regents concerning school bus driver safety
§ 3650-b. Drivers and instructors; training and safety. 1. The
commissioner shall establish training and safety technique requirements
for school bus drivers and school bus safety training instructors and
shall make rules and regulations implementing such requirements on a
2. The commissioner shall prepare and distribute school bus driver
safety training manuals to each school district. Such manual shall be
periodically updated and shall provide the framework for continuing
school bus safety education programs for school districts.
3. Every school district shall certify to the commissioner that its
school bus drivers have successfully completed the school bus driver
safety training program established pursuant to the provisions of this
article and shall make an annual report to the commissioner on the
implementation and effectiveness of the program. Each school district
shall have the option of having its employees certified as school bus
driver safety training instructors or contracting with certified
instructors to provide such training to the district.
4. The commissioner, in consultation with the commissioner of motor
vehicles, shall establish a certification program for school bus driver
safety training instructors.
§ 3650-c. Accident report data base. The commissioner, in consultation
with the commissioner of motor vehicles, shall establish an electronic
data file containing accident reports relating to school buses.