Bus Drivers
About Bus Transportation Services
The Regional Office of Education is responsible for conducting and keeping records of the initial training that is required for all new school bus drivers prior to getting a bus driver permit, and annual refresher workshops that are required to renew school bus permits. Drivers must take a two-hour refresher course annually, and all new drivers must take an eight-hour course in school bus driver safety and first aid, as prescribed by the Illinois State Board of Education and administered by the ROE.
School Bus Driver Refresher Course Information

The date of the annual refresher training shall be computed as follows:

  1. The first refresher training following initial training must be completed within one year (365 days) from the date of initial training. The date of the first refresher training will be known as the refresher date.
  2. In the event that an individual completes subsequent refresher training between the actual refresher date and 60 days prior to that refresher date, the next annual refresher date will not change. In the event refresher training is completed more than 60 days prior to the refresher date, the date the driver completes the refresher training will become the new annual refresher date.

Source: Amended at 35 Ill. Reg. 7412, effective April 21, 2011

If Their Bus Driving Permit Lapses

(Example: expired May 1 and it’s now May 15)

  • They have a 30-day grace period from the expiration date, to get all paperwork completed and turned in.
  • They cannot continue to drive during this grace period. They can only drive after the school bus driver’s permit has been reinstated.
  • If this timeline is not met (30 days), the driver would have to start over at the initial training stage as if they had never driven a bus before.
2019 Bus Driver Training Schedule

Additional Initial classes may be add if necessary - contact Lyle Wind

Pre-registration is required for all classes by completing the pre-registration form online at roe51.org.
Bus employers will be charged for drivers who are a "no show" at classes for which they are registered.
Classes may be cancelled do to  insufficient enrollment

Initial Training
Registration deadline: Tuesday, August 29, 2019
Date: Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Time: 8:00-4:00
Location: ROE 51 Conference Room, 2201 South Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield, IL 62703
RefresherTraining
Registration deadline: Wednesday September 4, 2019- 5:00pm
Date: Monday, September 9, 2019
Time: 6:00-8:00
Location: First Student Bus Service - 555 South Dirksen Parkway Building #2, Springfield, IL 62702
Initial Training
Registration deadline: Thursday, October 3, 2019- 12:00 pm
Date: Monday, October 7, 2019
Time: 8:00-4:00
Location: ROE #51 Conference Room - 2201 South Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL 62703
Refresher Training
Registration deadline: Friday, October 4, 2019 - 5:00pm
Date: Wednesday October 9, 2019
Time: 5:30-7:30
Location: First Student Bus Service - 555 South Dirksen Parkway Building #2, Springfield, IL 62702
Refresher Training
Registration deadline:  Friday, November 8, 2019 - 5:00pm
Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Time: 5:30-7:30
Location: Rochester Elementary School Cafeteria 2-3 Center - 456 Education Avenue
Rochester, Illinois 62563
Refresher
Registration Deadline: Thursday, February 6, 2020- 5PM
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Time: 6:00-8:00
Location: Auburn High School Cafeteria, 511 North Seventh Street, Auburn, IL 62615 Pawnee + Tri-City
Refresher Training
Friday, February 7, 2020- 5PM
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Time: 5:30-7:30
Location: Pleasant Plains High School Cafeteria, 500 North Cartwright Street, Pleasant Plains IL
Refresher Training
Thursday, February 27, 2020- 5PM
Thursday, March 5, 2020
Time: 5:30-7:30
Location: Glenwood Intermediate School, 465 Chatham Road, Chatham, IL 62629
Refresher Training
Thursday, March 19, 2020- 5PM
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Time: 6:00-8:00
Location: PORTA Transportation Bus Barn, 1120 North 4th Street, Petersburg, IL
Refresher Training
Friday, May 1, 2020-5PM
Thursday, May 7, 2020
Time: 5:30-7:30
Location: First Student Bus Service- 555 South Dirksen Parkway Building #2, Springfield, IL 62702
Initial Training
Wednesday, July 8, 2020- 5 PM
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Time: 8:00-4:00
ROE 51 Conference Room, 2201 South Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield, IL 62703
Refresher Training
Wednesday, July 15, 2020- 5PM
Monday, July 20, 2020
Time: 6:00-8:00
PORTA Transportation Bus Barn, 1120 North 4th Street, Petersburg, IL
Refresher Training
Wednesday, July 15, 2020- 5PM
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Time: 6:00-8:00
Riverton Middle School Cafeteria, 1014 East Lincoln Street, Riverton, IL
Refresher Training
Wednesday, July 15, 2020- 5PM
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Time: 4:00-6:00
First Student Bus Service - 555 South Dirksen Pkwy Building #2, Springfield, IL 62702
Refresher Training
Friday, August 1, 2020- 5PM
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Time: 9:00-11:00
New Berlin High School, 300 East Ellis Street, New Berlin, IL

 

 

Pre-registration is required for all classes by completing the pre-registration form on line. Direct questions to Sue Beal or call (217) 753-6620.

 

ROE 51 Office: 2201 South Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL 62703

From North: Travel South on I-55 take Exit 96B for Illinois 29 toward South Grand Ave. Merge IL-29W toward South Grand Avenue – Turn left onto South Dirksen Parkway travel about 1 mile – ROE #51 is on right

From South: Keep right at the fork to stay on I-55 North, follow signs for I-73East/Chicago/Decatur. Take exit 96B for IL-29W toward South Grand Avenue – Turn left onto South Dirksen Parkway travel about 1 mile – ROE #51 is on right

 

Ball Chatham Bus Garage

From North: Travel South on 5th Street (5th Street becomes I-55 South), Continue on I-55 South, Take Exit #88.East Lake Drive veer right onto Palm Road, go 1.2 miles turn right on Chatham Road, Go 0.5 miles to 481 Chatham Road, Turn right into the Chatham Intermediate School Parking Lot, Follow the Drive on the West end of the parking lot behind the school to the Bus Garage.

From South: Travel North on I-55, Take Exit #88 East Lake Drive turn left onto Palm Road, go 1.4 miles turn right on Chatham Road, Go 0.5 miles to 481 Chatham Road, Turn right into the Chatham Intermediate School Parking Lot, Follow the Drive on the West end of the parking lot behind the school to the Bus Garage

 

First Student: 555 South Dirksen Parkway Building #2, Springfield, IL 62702

From North:From I55 South take Exit 98B for Illinois 97 West Clear Lake Ave, Merge onto IL 97 E / East Clear Lake Ave, Turn Left onto South Dirksen Parkway Destination will be on the right.

From South: Enter Springfield on I-55 North. Take Exit 96B to merge onto Illinois 29 North towards South Grand. Turn right onto South Dirksen Parkway. Destination will be on the left.

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