Morgan County Schools
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3160.02 - PHYSICAL EXAMINATION FOR SCHOOL BUS OPERATORS

The school bus operator shall pass a physical examination from a Medical Examiner as specified by West Virginia State Board of Education policy 4336. This examination shall be conducted no earlier than April 1st to receive certification for the following school term.

The Superintendent has the right to require a physical and/or psychological examination from a designated healthcare provider when s/he has any reasonable questions regarding the physical ability of a school bus operator and the safety of students or the sufficiency of an annual physical examination.

The original report of the physical examination of all school bus operators, except for designated Head Start bus operators, is to be sent to the Superintendent. The original of the physical examination of designated Head Start school bus operators is to be sent to the State Director. A copy shall also be filed in the Head Start personnel office.

Physical examinations shall be recorded on the State Department Medical Examination Report form by a Medical examiner.

The physical examination for all school bus operators shall ensure that:

 

A.

There is not past or present history of convulsive seizures.

 
 

B.

There is no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of diabetes mellitus currently requiring insulin for control unless the West Virginia Department of Transportation provides an interstate waiver.

 
 

C.

There is no loss of use of joints of either hand that interferes with prehension or power grasping such that the applicant cannot receive or would not be able to renew a CDL with appropriate endorsements.

 

D.

Hearing loss in the better ear of the school bus operator shall not be greater than forty (40) decibels at 500 Hz, 100 Hz and 200 Hz. When needed, an approved hearing aid with back up batteries shall be used by the school bus operator.

 
 

E.

There is no current clinical diagnosis of:

 
 

Myocardial infarction

 
 

1.

angina pectoris

 
 

2.

coronary insufficiency

 
 

3.

thrombosis

 
 

There is no cardiovascular disease of a variety that is accompanied by:

 
 

1.

syncope

 
 

2.

dyspnea

 
 

3.

collapse

 
 

4.

congestive cardiac failure

 
 

Blood pressure is less than 140 systolic and ninety (90) diastolic or current CDL requirements. If blood pressure equals or exceeds 140/90, the bus operator/applicant shall meet the requirements outlined in FMSCA regulation 49 C.F.R. 391. 41 (Physical Qualifications for Drivers.) If the employee fails the initial blood pressure test, the employee shall provide medical evidence of three (3) separate blood pressure readings below the above levels on three (3) different days within a seven (7) day period prior to certification. These readings shall be certified by a Medical Examiner.

 
 

When a school bus operator is required to use a pacemaker, his/her return to work shall be approved by a panel of three (3) cardiologists.

 

F.

While performing school bus operator duties, the school bus operator shall wear a truss for any small hernia. Large hernias shall be surgically repaired.

 
 

G.

There is no medical history or clinical diagnosis of the following which interferes with the ability to operate a bus safely.

 
 

rheumatic disease

 
 

arthritic disease

 
 

muscular disease

 
 

neuromuscular disease

 
 

vascular disease

 
 

H.

There is satisfactory passage of a tuberculin skin test, chest x-ray or physician's certification, prior to employment, and/or more frequently if medically indicated (see WV Code 16-3D-43c).

 
 

I.

Both eyes are functional and the school bus operator:

 
 

1.

has distant visual acuity of at least 20/40 (Snellen) in each eye with or without corrective lenses;

 
 

2.

does not have monocular vision;

 
 

3.

has a field of vision no less than seventy (70) degrees in the horizontal meridian of each eye;

 
 

4.

is able to identify the colors, red, green, amber, and blue;

 
 

5.

wears corrective lenses, if necessary, while operating a bus.

 

J.

The school bus operator shall have no mental, nervous, organic or functional disease or psychiatric disorder and take no medication likely to interfere with his/her ability to operate the bus safely. See Appendix I of WV Board of Education policy 3336. (Prescription and Over the Counter Medication) as examples of drugs that may interfere with that ability. Any questions regarding this matter will be decided by the State school transportation certification advisory board. If the school transportation certification advisory board determines a bus driver to have a condition described above, the bus driver may be required to furnish the advisory board with a complete medical report. After receiving the medical report, the advisory board considers the information and advises the State Superintendent as to whether the bus driver should be certified. The final decision will rest with the State Superintendent.

 
 

K.

All school bus operators shall be subject to preemployment, random, post accident, and reasonable suspicion drug testing for the use of certain controlled substances and alcohol as per all regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration of the Omnibus Transportation Employment Testing Act (OTETA.) The County Board of Education shall provide the State Department, by certified mail, the name and Social Security number of employees who hold safety sensitive positions as described by the OTETA, and who test positive for the tested substances. The State Department shall maintain the positive test records for two (2) years.

 
 

L.

The school bus operator shall notify their supervisor and/or Medical Examiner of any illness or the use of any controlled and/or over-the-counter substance that may interfere with the safe operation of the school bus. See Appendix F of WV Board of Education policy 3336 (Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medication) as examples of drugs that may interfere with that ability.

 
 

M.

The "Medical Examiner" has PRINTED his/her name in the designated area as well as providing his/her signature on the physical form.

The Board shall provide the State Department, by certified mail, the name and Social Security number of any school bus operator who fails to meet the physical and mental/emotional requirements above.

West Virginia State Board of Education policy 3336
WV Code 16-3D-3(c)

Revised 6/1/10