Concern Grows Over Lack of Background Check Requirements for Bus Drivers in Kansas

In Kansas there has been growing concern over the fact that teachers are required to have criminal background checks but not school bus drivers or classified staff such as para-educators, secretaries, and lunch personnel. While many of the larger school districts do conduct criminal checks on non-licensed applicants, it is not currently a requirement in the state of Kansas. For school bus driver applicants commercial driver’s license and drug and alcohol testing record for the last two years must be checked, but not their criminal history. They also must have a special endorsement for driving a school bus which also does not require a criminal background check.

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