Small Vehicle for Non-Transportation Employees

Overview of Small Vehicle Certification

Colorado Department of Education (CDE) requires that all school transportation vehicle operators meet or exceed the following requirements before transporting students:

  1. Possess a valid operator’s license

  2. Be a minimum of 18 years of age

  3. Provide an annual motor vehicle record check.

  4. Complete pre-service operator training specific to the type of vehicle along with first aid/CPR, adverse weather and mountain driving information.

  5. Pass an annual CDE small vehicle written test.

  6. Meet qualification standards and insurance coverage as adopted by the local board of education/service provider.

  7. Provide medical history annually on a CDE approved form.

  8. Perform a driving performance test as part of initial certification.

This includes school bus, multi-function bus and small vehicle operators transporting students to and from public school, school to school, or to school-related events in vehicles owned, leased or rented by the district or under agreement with the district. The above requirements are also highly recommended for school district employees who transport students in private vehicles to school-sanctioned events.

 The district and the Colorado Self Insurance Pool highly recommend, for safety and liability purposes, that all individuals who provide student transportation for school-connected or school-sponsored purposes use district vehicles whenever possible. Private vehicles may only be used after receiving written approval from the building principal and completing the required forms, per BVSD policy EEAE.

For New Certification please contact Heather.burke@bvsd.org or 720-561-6230 to schedule.

Current certified operators can renew their certification by contacting Heather Burke at Heather.burke@bvsd.org or 720-561-6230 to schedule and complete all CDE annual requirements. All renewals must be completed on or before the expiration date. Any operators with expired certifications must complete the entire training program again.  

 Please feel free to contact Heather Burke with any questions or concerns. We look forward to meeting each of you and assisting with the safe transportation of the BVSD students.