Pupil transportation regulations

All school transportation in Ohio must comply with the Ohio Pupil Transportation Operation and Safety Rules, which are comprised of revised code and administrative rule. This requirement is based on Ohio Revised Code (RC) 4511.76.  

Download the complete set of rules: May 2020 Rules

School transportation staff requirements

School bus drivers, van drivers and bus attendants must meet many requirements to perform their duties. The staff requirements chart provides an overview of the requirements for each and their source in Ohio law. (Chart updated 2/2016 to clarify source of training for van drivers).

Criminal background checks for driving staff
School bus drivers and van drivers are subject to criminal background checks. RC 3327.10 requires individuals who have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to any offense listed in Ohio Administrative Code 3301-83-23 shall not be hired or shall be released from employment, as applicable, unless the person meets the rehabilitation requirements.  

In July 2015, the Ohio Department of Education published the Standards for Employment of School Bus and School Van Drivers with Criminal Charges and Convictions to summarize the changes in regulations leading to the final rule. It includes a chart that summarizes the offenses and lists the eligiblity for rehabilitation for each.  

Steps for training new drivers - school bus and van
There are many steps to train a new bus driver or new van driver. The accompanying chart summarizes them, and compares the differences between training a bus driver and a van driver. Download the training summary