Behind The Wheel

GoldStar Transit is committed to the safety of the children we transport, and we believe that knowledge is the groundwork for safe and dependable service.  It is our goal to hire drivers and transportation staff who share our values of compassion, safety and customer service, and we continually provide our employees with training of the highest level.  School bus drivers receive specialized training in safety, security and medical techniques, undergo regular drug and alcohol testing, and have their driving records reviewed on a regular basis. 


Safety Behind the WheelDriver Training Program

Our motto at GoldStar Transit is to make a positive difference in the lives of the students we transport.  Starting each day with a smile and a familiar face is an important step in the education process, and we train our drivers to be compassionate and confident in the management of the students on their bus.  Drivers receive sensitivity training for working with Special Needs students, bullying prevention and awareness methods, and First-Aid techniques.  We remain at the forefront of the industry with our safety and training programs, which often exceed Federal and State regulations and can be tailored to fit your district’s needs.

Each driver employed by GoldStar Transit will be required to attend the annual mandatory driver training administered on a state level.  Additionally, all drivers are required to complete annual training using the NAPT-recommended program, The Driver Training Course, comprised of 15 instructional DVDs with accompanying study guides and posters.   We require all newly hired drivers to complete a minimum 35 hours of training while experienced drivers will be required to complete a minimum of 12 hours.


Safety Behind the WheelCertification Requirements

Drivers are expected to keep all required certificates valid and up-to-date.  To operate a school bus for GoldStar Transit, drivers must have at least the following certifications on file:

  • Appropriate driving credentials for the type of vehicle to be driven, with all proper endorsements
  • Photocopy of Social Security card
  • Current Department of Education physical form
  • Motor Vehicle Records Driver’s Certification of Violations
  • Certification of criminal conviction investigation
  • FBI fingerprinting, in compliance with District policy
  • Child abuse history
  • Pre-employment drug screening


Supplemental Training

Launched in 2011 by our parent company, Student Transportation Inc.,  ST University (“STU”) is STI’s interactive training supplement to our more traditional Behind-the-Wheel and Classroom training methods, with a web-based platform that can be accessed from any computer with Internet capability.  Employees can log in to the learning system with a unique user name and password to view training modules that consist of videos and presentation styled material, covering a wide variety of topics.

Training modules currently being viewed by employees across the country include Autism Spectrum Disorder Awareness, Behavior-based Safety Training, Morale and Team Building, Seizure Disorder Awareness, Special Needs Bus Evacuation Plan, two Bullying Workshops and Fire Prevention and Safety.


Bus Monitors

Professionally trained monitors on our buses allow the drivers to keep their eyes solely on the road.  GoldStar Transit provides a training program to our bus monitors that meets and often exceeds all State specifications.  Our program also meets all Department of Transportation requirements.  We require all bus monitors to complete a minimum of 10 hours of training prior to working on any bus, to help ensure that they are ready to perform:

  • Post-trip walk throughs
  • Student Management
  • Sensitivity training with respect to Special Needs students
  • Securement of wheelchair-type devices
  • Drawstring warning / awareness
  • First-Aid and universal precaution training
  • Bus evacuation, if necessary

Lastly, every driver and bus monitor at GoldStar Transit will receive a minimum of 10 hours of in-service training before the start of each school year, and a minimum of 10 hours of training during the regular school year.