Tom Wolf, Governor Leslie S. Richards, Acting Secretary, Department of Transportation

School Bus Instructor Coordinators/Instructors

Welcome to the Instructor Coordinator/Instructor webpage! Below you will find valuable information and useful resources relating to the training curriculum, forms and various activities/announcements happening here at PennDOT. If you require additional information, you may contact us at

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Pennsylvania School Bus Driver Instructor's Manual
School Bus Driver's Manual Unit PowerPoint Presentations


  • Instructor Coordinator/Instructor Recertification must be completed no later than January 3, 2012. Updated Certification Form (DL-711 or DL 711C), and exam must be forwarded to the School Bus Unit either via mail or email.


Pennsylvania School Bus Driver Instructor's Manual *

The Highway Safety Program of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, under the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Standard 17, requires each state to develop plans to reduce, as much as possible, the danger of death or injury to school children while being transported to and from school. The below manual and the associated training course are part of Pennsylvania's response to this standard. The manual is intended as a means for certified instructors to deliver training courses effectively and uniformly to school bus drivers throughout Pennsylvania.

The course emphasizes fundamental concepts of school bus operation for the new driver and recertification (experienced) levels. The manual provides a basic foundation for new instructors, but also provides sufficient flexibility for enhancement and adaptation by the more knowledgeable and experienced instructors.

Organizations or individuals interested in pupil transportation and safety may freely use the contents of this manual in whole, or in part, provided the material used is properly cited.

Get Adobe Acrobat The following sections of the School Bus Driver's Manual are in PDF format and require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print. This software is provided free of charge and you may download the latest version by clicking on the 'Get Acrobat Reader' button.

School Bus Driver's Manual Unit PowerPoint Presentations

The below links are PowerPoint presentations and require PowerPoint Viewer if the software is not currently installed on your computer. This software is provided free of charge, and you may download PowerPoint Viewer application from Microsoft.

  • Unit A - The School Bus Driver: Role, Responsibilities, and Requirements
  • Unit B - Student Management and Discipline
  • Unit C - Student Loading and Unloading
  • Unit D - Transportation of Students with Disabilities
  • Unit E - Preventative Maintenance
  • Unit F - Safe Driving
  • Unit G - Fundamentals of Driving a School Bus
  • Unit H - Crash and Emergency Procedures
  • Unit I - Student Emergencies
  • Publication 117 - Pennsylvania School Bus Driver's Manual *

* Manuals may be downloaded for printing, or you may contact PennDOT's Special Driver Programs Unit at to order manuals. If you choose to order manuals, please allow a minimum of 6 to 8 weeks for delivery of the Pennsylvania School Bus Driver Instructor's Manual, and 1 to 2 weeks for delivery of the Pennsylvania School Bus Driver's Manual.

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