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School Bus Safety

School Bus Safety

 
Every school bus in Minnesota is required by statute to be inspected annually by the Minnesota State Patrol. These mandated inspections are carried out by seven inspection teams who are deployed regionally.
 
Additionally, state troopers are assigned to enforce traffic regulations for school bus drivers and other motorists operating in proximity to school buses. Troopers conduct random school bus driver qualification checks, post-crash inspection and follow up reviews, and school bus-related public outreach programs.
 

School Bus Contacts

Lieutenant Brian Reu
Pupil Transportation Safety Director
Phone: (651) 405-6047
 
Sergeant Duane Bartels
Chief School Bus Inspector
Phone: (651) 260-2223
 

Regional Troopers

Sergeant James Senenfelder
Northern Regional Trooper
Phone: (612) 360-5172
 
Sergeant Paul Davis
Metro / Central Regional Trooper
Phone: (612) 685-4820
 
Sergeant Chad Dauffenbach
Southern Regional Trooper
Phone: (507) 430-0791
 

Regional School Bus Inspectors

This map identifies school bus inspector regions.
 
 
​Region ​Inspectors ​Contact Phone
​South Metro Ullmer, James (651) 276-2781
​South Metro ​Bigelow, Pat ​(612) 432-8731
​North Metro ​Scalise, Peter ​(612) 860-4588
​North Metro ​Brannan, Floyd ​(651) 247-8156
​North Metro ​Husnik, Frank ​(651) 373-1005
​Southeast ​Hofschulte, Ethan ​(507) 450-1511
​Southeast Zempel, Dennis ​(507) 429-5008
​Southwest ​Streff, Dean ​(507) 215-2310
​Southwest Whendy Gass ​(612) 655-5549
​Central ​Hudson, Chris ​(320) 345-0018
​Central ​Norton, Chris ​(320) 372-0370
​Northwest ​Nelson, Mark ​(218) 689-7902
​Northwest ​Tradewell, Lee ​(218) 849-1377
​Northeast ​Salmi, Greg ​(218) 780-9982

 

 

Model School Bus Driver Training Manual

 

The Model School Bus Driver Manual is available for download. It may be downloaded as one complete document or each section may be downloaded independently below. 

Complete Model School Bus Driver Training Manual

Unit I      Driving Skills 
Unit I      Survey  
Unit II     Human Relations
Unit II     Survey
Unit III    Crash and Emergency Preparedness
Unit III    Survey
Unit IV    Vehicle Care, Inspection & Use
Unit IV    Survey
Unit V     Laws, Regulations & Recommendations
Unit V     Student Stop Lane Usage Examples
Unit V     Inspection Decals Examples
Unit V     Survey 
Unit VI    Special Needs Transportation
Unit VI    Ride Safe - The Wheelchair 
Unit VII   Towing of Trailers
 

School Bus Driver Certification (CDL)

 
School Bus Driver Pre-trip Evaluation - Appendix B
School Bus Driver Certification - Appendix D
8 Hour Training Option - Appendix F 
 
 
Student Survey Cycle One - Quiz
Student Survey Cycle One - Answers
Student Survey Cycle Two - Quiz
Student Survey Cycle Two - Answers
Student Survey Cycle Three - Quiz
Student Survey Cycle Three - Answers
 

Type III School Bus Information

 
     Type III Special Needs Knowledge Quiz - Answer Key
Type III School Bus Driver Evaluation – Appendix A1

School Bus Inspection Manual

 
Tires
Exhaust
 

Related Forms

 
 
 

School Bus Inspection Results

 
In Minnesota, there are five types of authorized school buses (Type A, Type B, Type C, Type D and Type III) used to transport children to and from school and school-related activities. View examples of school bus types.
 
Minnesota’s school bus inspection program is based on a point value system devised to evaluate the condition of each bus inspected. Each school bus begins with 100 total points. As defects are discovered during the inspection process, points are deducted in accordance with values assigned in Minnesota Rule 7470.0700 “Table of points to be deducted”.
 
School buses with an inspection score of 96 to 100 pass the inspection and an annual inspection decal is affixed to the windshield signifying its roadworthiness.
 
A school bus with an inspection score of 80 to 95 points receives a 14-day temporary inspection certificate. The school bus must be re-inspected within the 14-day period or it is prohibited from transporting school children until the violation(s) have been corrected. Upon successful completion of the re-inspection, an annual inspection decal will be issued by the State Patrol signifying its roadworthiness.
 
A school bus with less than 80 points is deemed unsafe for the transportation of school children. This school bus is immediately prohibited from transporting school children until the defects are corrected. A temporary inspection certificate is issued and affixed to the bus. Pending re-inspection by the State Patrol, a school bus bearing a rejection sticker may be used to transport pupils only if all defects have been corrected and the inspection form has been signed by the owner or designee certifying the corrections. The signed certification form must be carried in the first aid kit on the bus for immediate verification of repairs by enforcement personnel.
 
School bus inspection results are listed by year and by school district. If unable to find the results for a specific school district for the current year it is because the annual inspections have not yet been completed. The inspection results are updated monthly.
 
2011 Inspection Results
 
For questions regarding inspection results for a particular school district, contact the school’s transportation director or the superintendent of schools. A listing of district superintendents and their contact information is available through the Minnesota Department of Education.
 
 

School Bus Brochures

 
The Bus is for Us – Grades K-3
A Child’s Life…
School Bus Safety Activity Sheet
 
 

Other Forms/Links

 
 
Authorized Criminal History Check Providers