All initial training courses will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m at:
Regional Office of Education
730 7th Street
Charleston, IL 61920
Beginning this school year, each school district and contracting company in our region will be billed one time for all initial and refresher courses attended throughout the school year. This invoice will be sent by the end of March and will need to be paid by June 30th. The fee for each driver’s attendance at an 8-hour initial course or a 2-hour refresher course is $10.00. School districts and contracting companies outside of region 11 will need to pay at the time of the course. Certificates of completion will be mailed following the completion of the course.
To view available initial training courses, please click here.
To schedule a refresher training for your employees, you must complete the Request for Bus Driver Refresher Course and return it to the ROE by August 30th. If two or more districts are combining, please have one district serve as the administrative agent. If the refresher course is approved by Dr. Mattingly, the Regional Superintendent of Schools, it will be listed on the schedule as an available training. The Regional Office, along with certified bus instructors as that NO MORE than 50 drivers be present in a refresher course. The instructors cannot be expected to conduct an effective training session when classes are too large to control or allow them to use effective teaching tools.
The Regional Office of Education will become an alternative site for school bus refresher courses for sites that cannot provide the following:
comfortable seating for all drivers
SmartBoard or Screen/Projector with ample sound and speakers
DVD Player (if not built into the laptop)
The Regional Office will not longer reimburse school districts for refresher course expenses.
The fee for the 2-hour refresher course is $10.00 per driver and each district/contractor will be billed by this office for this fee. NOTE: Other regions may have a different collection procedure.
* Special Note: Drivers outside of ROE#11 are expected to bring payment to the course.
Completion of Course:
After completion of the refresher course, the district serving as administrative agent must submit the attendance sheet signed by the district superintendent/administrative agent/or transportation director along with the certified bus instructor to attest to the attendance of the individuals listed. The school district/contractor will be billed at the end of March and this invoice will need to be paid by June 30th. A certificate of completion will also be mailed at the time of billing.
The Illinois School Code (ILCS 5/11-406 (b)) identifies a school bus accident as: whenever a school bus is involved in an accident in this State, caused by collision, a sudden stop or otherwise, resulting in any property damage, personal injury or death and whenever an accident occurs within 50 feet of a school bus in this State resulting in personal injury to or the death of any person while awaiting or preparing to board the bus or immediately after exiting the bus, the driver shall as soon as possible but not later than 10 days after the accident, forward a written report to the Department of Transportation.
Your responsibilities for reporting the accident include completing the following forms: