Substitute Bus Monitor – Transportation

September 1, 2023
Tacoma, WA
Job Type



Tacoma Public Schools

Expected Start Date: September 1, 2023

Salary Level: $24.12hr
Signing Bonus:
Substitute Bus Monitors ($400)

Examples Of Duties

The individual in this position rides the special education school buses with students to assist disabled students on and off the bus, monitor student safety, maintain appropriate student behavior, and assist the bus driver in enforcing bus rules.


1. Assists disabled students with boarding and disembarking from the bus.

2. Models and encourages appropriate bus riding behavior for students; corrects inappropriate behavior; takes measures to stop harmful behavior (i.e., properly restraining student or sitting next to student).

3. Informs parents and/or teachers concerning physical or behavioral problems of students.

4. Writes disciplinary citations for students violating rules of conduct while on bus; distributes copies of citations to students, teacher, and transportation supervisor; ensures that parents sign and return the citations and returns them to appropriate staff members.

5. Ensures that all students are appropriately seat-belted always; operates safety equipment on board bus in case of emergency (i.e., fire extinguisher); provides first-aid care as needed.

6. Monitors all students while on the bus, as instructed; follows guidelines for individual students= medical needs/conditions; may need to provide first-aid, CPR, or other measures in a crisis, as instructed..


1. Maintains positive relationships with students, parents, and administrators..

2. Performs related duties as assigned..


Required to sit in bus for prolonged periods; exposed to high noise levels; required to deal with and/or restrain distraught and potentially violent students; required to lift and/or position students; required to bend or squat to provide first-aid and/or CPR; required to be punctual to work.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience

High school graduation or equivalent and training in physical restraint techniques; experience working with school-aged youth having serious behavioral disabilities; or any combination of experience and training which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and ability required to perform the work.

Allowable Substitution

Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be evaluated by the Human Resources department for comparability.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Effective verbal communication skills. Skill in properly restraining students as needed.

Ability to lift and position students, and to bend and squat to aid students.

Ability to relate effectively with children who are behaviorally, physically, or developmentally disabled.

Ability to remain calm in dealing with crisis or hostile situations.

Ability to exercise patience and good judgment.

Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Ability to demonstrate reasonable, reliable and regular attendance.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of people in a multi-cultural, diverse socio-economic setting.

Licenses/Special Requirements

CPR and first-aid certification or ability to obtain certification within 30 days of employment. Fingerprints and successful WSP and FBI background clearance/sexual misconduct clearance.

Supplemental Information

This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. District administration has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice. The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the primary functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise balance the workload.

Tacoma Public Schools does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

  • Civil Rights Coordinator: Renee Trueblood, 25-57-252,
  • Title IX Coordinator: Wayne Greer, 25-57-9,
  • 504 Coordinator, Elementary: Jennifer Herbold, 25-57-096,
  • 504 Coordinator, Secondary: Megan Nelson, 25-57-00,

Mailing address: P.O. Box 57, Tacoma, WA 9840-57.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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