Pupil Transportation

Pupil Transportation is a division of the Nebraska Safety Center at the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus. The Pupil Transportation program was created in May of 2000 through a contract with the Nebraska Department of Education to provide services regarding Nebraska Department of Education's administrative rule code.

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Rule 91
Driver Qualifications and Operational Procedures for Pupil Transportation Vehicles
(Effective Date 09/26/2012; Implementation Date 11/26/2012)

Rule 92

Regulations Governing the Minimum Equipment Standards and Safety Inspection Criteria for Pupil Transportation Vehicles
(Effective Date 09/26/2012; Implementation Date 11/26/2012)

Materials for Level I & II Course:

Pupil Transportation Guide

To register for a Level I or II course, please access the new database.

A list of classes & locations available can be found below, under "+ Level I" and "+ Level II".

Other Resources:

Page of Pupil Transportation Acronyms

DMV School Bus Pre-Trip Inspection Video


Bus Permit Resources
 
is a resource page concerning the process of getting a Bus Permit as well as some FAQs of the DMV, Department of Education, and the Nebraska Safety Center.

2016 Reminders for School Administrators from the Department of Education click here.

Weather Notice:

In the event of weather related cancellations - an email will be sent to the email address provided on the registration form and we will attempt to place phone calls to both the employer and student phone numbers. If you are concerned about weather conditions in your area - please contact the Nebraska Safety Center at (308) 865-1287 or email bus@unk.edu for more information.

COMMERCIAL DRIVER LICENSING REQUIREMENTS

Effective July 8, 2015, there will be changes to the testing and issuance of Commercial Driver's Licenses (CDLs). More information is available on the DMV website or you may call (402) 471-3861. 

Level Certification Expiration Dates:

Schools are required to have on file the Level expiration dates of each of their drivers. The Nebraska Safety Center is able to provide that information for you. Click here for information on how to obtain each driver's Level Training and DOT physical dates on the driving record.

Level I

Training Dates for Level I:

October Level I
November Level I
December Level I
January Level I
February Level I

Register for a scheduled Level I course, please access the new database.
  • In the event of weather related cancellations - an email will be sent to the email address provided on the registration form and we will attempt to place phone calls to both the employer and student phone numbers. If you are concerned about weather conditions in your area - please contact the Nebraska Safety Center at (308) 865-1287 or email bus@unk.edu for more information.
  • When registering for a Level I Pupil Transportation instructional course please check the online schedule to verify that the course is still available.

Level I Instructional Courses

Level I courses can be offered via Distance Learning in select locations. If locations are not indicated or you would like to request an alternate location - please contact Rachel Leigh at (308) 865-1287 or 1 (800) 854-7867 or email bus@unk.edu at least 14 school days before the course date. We will attempt to schedule your request. Students are responsible for:

  • Making arrangements with the receiving location for access to their distance learning services.
  • Arranging for a proctor to supervise the course.

All registrations for Level I courses must be received 7 school days prior to the beginning course date. Registrations received less than 7 school days prior to the beginning course date cannot be guaranteed a seat in the requested course.

Materials students must bring to a Level I course:

  • Current Nebraska Drivers License (out of state license will be accepted for identification purpose. They cannot be used to process course certification)
  • Download and Print a copy of the Pupil Transportation Guide (revised 12/6/2012)

INSTRUCTORS WILL NOT PROVIDE COPIES OF THE ABOVE MATERIALS.

Level I students must comply with the following requirements:
Complete the Pre-Service Evaluation and Behind the wheel (updated June 16, 2011) training.

If the vehicle requires the driver to hold a CDL, the applicant must hold a Learner’s Permit for Commercial Vehicles (LPC) prior to the “behind the wheel” evaluation. In order to obtain the LPC the applicant must pass a general knowledge written examination based on the information contained in the CDL Manual.

A school bus Pre-Trip Inspection video can be found at the DMV's website:  http://www.dmv.nebraska.gov/examining/CDL.html

Level II

Training Dates for Level II:

October Level II
November Level II
December Level II
January Level II
February Level II

To register for a scheduled Level II course, please access the new database.

Notice:

  • In the event of weather related cancellations - an email will be sent to the email address provided on the registration form and we will attempt to place phone calls to both the employer and student phone numbers. If you are concerned about weather conditions in your area - please contact the Nebraska Safety Center at 1 (800) 854-7867 ext 6 or (308) 865-8562 or (308) 865-1287 or email bus@unk.edu for more information.
  • When registering for a Level 2 Pupil Transportation instructional course please check the on-line schedule to verify that the course is still available.

Level II Instructional Courses -

Pre-registration for Level II courses is required. Students who are not pre-registered will only be allowed to complete the course if the can provide proof a valid Level certification. Presentation of a valid Bus Permit is not acceptable proof.

Level II courses can be offered via Distance Learning in select locations. If locations are not indicated or you would like to request an alternate location - please contact Rachel Leigh at (308) 865-1287 or 1 (800) 854-7867 or email bus@unk.edu at least 14 school days before the course date. We will attempt to schedule your request. Students are responsible for:

  • Making arrangements with the receiving location for access to their distance learning services.
  • Arranging for a proctor to supervise the course.

Registrations must be received 7 school days prior to the beginning course date. Registrations received less than 7 school days prior to the beginning course date cannot be guaranteed a seat in the requested course.

Materials students must bring to Level II course:

INSTRUCTORS WILL NOT PROVIDE COPIES OF THE ABOVE MATERIALS

Training Materials

The Training Network

Current Training Videos:

  • #2691: Drug and Alcohol Awareness for School Bus Drivers
  • #2719: Mirror Usage and Blind Spots
  • #2551: Pre-Trip Inspection of a School Bus
  • #2678: Loading Zones- A Split Second Around Your School Bus
  • #3099: Special Needs Bus Driving: What you Need to Know
  • #2765: The Do's and Don'ts of Cell Phone Use for School Bus Drivers
  • #2570: Safe Railroad Crossing Procedures for School Bus Drivers
  • #1595: How to Safely Evacuate a School Bus
  • #2499: First Aid Training for School Bus Drivers
  • #1603: How to Respond to a School Bus Hijacking

AccuTrain


***Google Chrome is the recommended web browser for these links, but you may have to try different web browsers for them to work. 

Level Certification Materials

Pupil Transportation Level Certification Materials


General Pupil Transportation Information


Medical Exams using the Medical Registry

Modified 15 Passenger Van

NDE Pupil Transportation Rule 91 and Rule 92 (effective March 9, 2008) states that beginning June 7, 2011, vans originally manufactured as 15-passenger vans and modified so the seating was 10 passengers or less (not including the driver) can no longer be used to transport students. This ban does not include 12-passenger vans which have been modified by the dealer or manufacturer.