Federal Legislation Targets School Bus Driver Backgrounds

The Safety for our School Children Act was introduced earlier this month by Sen. David Vitter. This Act instructs all states and school districts nationwide to obtain FBI background checks on all new applicants including school bus drivers. An applicant must pass a background check search from both the State and National level. Applicants include teachers, substitute teachers, bus drivers, custodians, cafeteria workers, or anyone working for the district. This new legislation is comforting since it extinguishes any possible loopholes since both states and districts must comply.