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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

Pennsylvania School Bus Driver's 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.
Front Cover (PDF)
Table of Contents (PDF)
Course Guide (PDF)
Unit A (PDF) 
Unit B (PDF)
Unit C (PDF) 
Unit D (PDF) 
Unit E (PDF) 
Unit F (PDF) 
Unit G (PDF) 
Unit H (PDF) 
Unit I (PDF)
Unit PB (PDF) 
Unit IB (PDF)
Course Summary (PDF)

The School Bus Driver's Manual sections are in PDF format and require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print.