Be a Bus Driver

A 天涯社区 bus driver waves from a 天涯社区 bus.

天涯社区 needs your help getting kids to school

Like other districts across the nation, 天涯社区 is struggling to recruit and retain bus drivers and needs your help to ensure all students who benefit from busing receive it. 天涯社区 still needs additional full-time bus operators to bus students.

The Transportation Department and others work in creative ways to make sure students who registered for transportation and those with significant needs (as identified last school year) receive busing. This is something to be celebrated! That said, 天涯社区 wants to offer transportation to more families who would benefit from having their student bussed to school where they can experience all our system does to collectively support them each day. 

Drive a bus, share your smile and make a difference with kids

Become a bus driver - a person who helps a child begin and end each day with joy - and gain:

  • A flexible schedule 
  • Competitive pay (starting at $22.05/hour) and benefits 
  • Paid training
  • Opportunities for advancement 

天涯社区 's The Bus Drive campaign is focused on recruiting new bus drivers. 天涯社区 needs you! 





  • Paid sick leave  
  • Two paid holidays and four paid floating holidays during the school year 
  • Colorado PERA participant 
  • Optional 403(b), 401(k) and 457 retirement programs 
  • $250 referral bonuses offered  
  • Complex high-quality health and dental benefits 



Here's what it takes to be a bus driver


  • Pass a Department of Transportation physical  
  • Pass a drug screening  
  • Obtain a Class B CDL permit with air brakes, passenger, and school bus endorsements
  • Complete 天涯社区’s three-week, full-time paid training course 

Eight-step hiring process: 

  1. Application and interview
  2. Clearance
  3. Orientation
  4. Classroom training
  5. Written exam
  6. ?Driver skills training and testing
  7. CDL license
  8. Bus route assignment!


Bus operator route schedule examples (2023-24 school year)

Flexible schedules available. Bus operators may choose from a.m., p.m. and/or midday routes.

A.M. shift - 

  • 5:33 a.m. - 9:06 a.m.
  • 6:18 a.m. - 9 a.m.
  • 6:30 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.
  • 6:50 a.m. - 9:06 a.m.
  • 7:08 a.m. - 9 a.m.
  • 7:25 a.m. - 8:52 a.m.

Midday shift - 

  • 10:48 a.m. – 12:48 p.m. 
  • 9:49 a.m. – 12:28 p.m.
  • 10:48 a.m. – 12:58 p.m.
  • 11:02 a.m.– 12:20 p.m. 
  • 10:09 a.m. – 11:33 a.m.

P.M. shift -

  • 2:34 p.m. - 5:18 p.m.
  • 2:35 p.m. - 4:37 p.m.
  • 1:57 p.m. - 6:31 p.m.
  • 2:48 p.m. - 5:33 p.m.
  • 2:48 p.m. - 4:59 p.m.
  • 1:59 p.m. - 4:55 p.m.



天涯社区 parent steps up for kids by driving a bus

天涯社区 bus driver Jessica Bard sits in the driver's seat of a bus.For Jessica Bard, getting behind the wheel of a big yellow school bus is as much about being a mentor as a navigator. 

The 天涯社区 bus router and substitute operator has worked for the school district for five years. Promoted to the position of router last year, she is back on the bus due to the national shortage of drivers. For 天涯社区, the shortage means about 40 fewer operators are on the roads than in previous school years, and thousands of fewer students are riding the bus to school as a result.  

The work of a driver, she said, is fulfilling because you get to know students a little bit more every time, they come through the folding doors. Bus operators become advisors and champions to their students. 

“You know their personalities, what's going on, when they get new shoes. You got hugs prior to COVID, and you develop a relationship with the kids,” she said, pointing out that drivers get to spend more time with students than people may think. “You become a part of their life.”  Read more about Bard's experience in this news item.

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