COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 7
March 7, 1997

ADMINISTRATIVE

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Staff Development Training - School Bus Driver Trainers

 
  During the last several years, the Department has been
  developing a recertification component for school bus driver
  trainers.  During committee meetings, the component which
  evolved as being the most important element for school bus
  driver trainers was staff development.

  In an effort to strengthen the skills of current school bus
  driver trainers, the Department will offer staff development
  training during the summer at selected sites around the
  state.  A group lunch will be provided each day; however,
  until the survey forms have been returned, it will not be
  known what other expenses, if any, the Department will be
  able to reimburse.

  As a reminder, State Board Regulations, 4.15 states, "Local
  school bus driver training instructors...shall attend a
  recertification course every five years."  This became
  effective July 1, 1994; therefore, by July 1, 1999, every
  school bus driver trainer in the state certified prior to
  July 1, 1994 shall have completed a recertification course
  sponsored by the Department.  This summer course will
  satisfy the recertification component.

  Thank you for supporting pupil transportation activities in
  the Commonwealth and I shall look forward to having your
  staff participate in this activity.  Confirmation letters
  will be mailed in June.  For questions call Dr. Barbara V.
  Goodman at (804) 225-2037.

  Please use the attached sign-up sheet to respond by MAY 1,
  1997.

  RTL/aam

  Attachment:  A hard copy of this memo and its attachment
               will be sent to the superintendent's office


                        SIGN-UP SHEET
          STAFF DEVELOPMENT TRAINING/RECERTIFICATION
                  SCHOOL BUS DRIVER TRAINERS



  SCHOOL DIVISION ________________________
  ADDRESS         ________________________
                  ________________________


  SCHEDULE OF WORKSHOPS: SITE           DATES          TIME

                    WYTHEVILLE       JULY 22-24   9-4 DAILY

                    FREDERICKSBURG   JULY 29-31   9-4 DAILY

                    PRINCE GEORGE    AUGUST 5-7   9-4 DAILY




  TRAINERS ATTENDING     DATE CERTIFIED AS A TRAINER   WORKSHOP                                               SELECTED



















  RETURN BY MAY 1, 1997            PERSON SUBMITTING FORM

  DR. BARBARA V. GOODMAN      ______________________________
  PUPIL TRANSPORTATION SERVICE           (PRINT/TYPE)
  VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION           
  P O BOX 2120                     TITLE
  RICHMOND, VA 23218-2120          ______________________________
  FAX (804) 225-2831
                                   PHONE NUMBER ____________