Job Title: Instructional Assistant/Bus Driver

Reports to:Assigned Administrator
Job Group:School-Related Personnel


Job Code:4001
Salary Schedule:PG02


Responsible for the safe and efficient delivery of students in accordance with the laws of the State of Florida, rules of the State Board of Education and policies and procedures of the District School Board of Pasco County; responsible for assisting the teacher(s) in organizing and implementing an instructional, academic program while working under direct supervision and for ensuring a safe environment.


The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required of those in this position.

Instructional Assistant Duties

  1. Assist the teacher with the design of the academic program so that it is consistent with the total educational philosophy of the district.
  2. Contribute to the development, implementation, and evaluation of the program’s curriculum and objectives reflecting school, District and state goals.
  3. Continue professional growth through participation in trainings, meetings, and reading professional literature.
  4. Support the implementation of instructional activities that contribute to a positive environment where students are actively engaged in meaningful learning experiences.
  5. Assist in providing differentiated instruction to meet the needs of all students.
  6. Work with students, parents, and colleagues in a positive, proactive manner.
  7. Assist in maintaining effective and efficient recordkeeping procedures.
  8. Assist with formative and summative assessments in order to differentiate and improve instructional practices and strategies.
  9. Help to evaluate student performance on a regular basis to provide feedback to students and parents.
  10. Perform other duties as assigned.

Bus Driver Duties

  1. Safely transport students by following all by state traffic laws and regulations of the State Board and School Board.
  2. Conduct daily inspection of bus and report any concerns to transportation personnel.
  3. Instruct students in safe riding practices.
  4. Supervise emergency evacuation drills.
  5. Continue professional growth through participation in trainings and meetings.
  6. Work with students, school personnel, and transportation personnel in a positive, proactive manner.
  7. Maintain effective and efficient recordkeeping procedures.
  8. Perform other duties as assigned.


Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Communicate effectively with all stakeholders in written and oral form, including electronic media, using positive interpersonal skills
  • Organize, prioritize, manage, and carry out duties efficiently and within established timeframes
  • Ability to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with all stakeholders
  • Demonstrate operational knowledge of Internet and Web-related technologies
  • Demonstrate ability to safely operate the type and size vehicle assigned
  • Demonstrate knowledge of all requirements for school bus drivers as prescribed by state traffic laws and regulations of the State Board and School Board


  • Meet education requirements by one of the following:
    • 60 semester hours of course work from an accredited community college or university
    • OR
    • Associate’s Degree from an accredited community college
    • OR
    • Obtain qualifying score to pass the ParaPro Assessment
  • Hold valid commercial driver license with a passenger endorsement and a school bus endorsement.
  • Hold a valid school bus driver’s license pursuant to Section 6A-3 Florida Administrative Code.
  • Five (5) years of licensed driving experience.
  • Record of safe driving.
  • Physically capable of operating the vehicle as determined by a physical examination prescribed by the Commissioner of Education and given by a physician designated by the School Board.




  • Experience in working with students from diverse backgrounds with varied levels of ability




Heavy Work: Exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit, talk, and hear; stand and walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms. The employee occasionally lifts and/or moves up to 25 pounds. Specific vision ability required by this job includes close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.


Indoors and Outdoors: The worker is subject to both environmental conditions. Activities occur inside and outside.


  • General office equipment, including personal computers, fax machines, copiers, telephones, etc.


Salary and benefits shall be paid consistent with the District’s approved compensation plan. Length of the work year and hours of employment shall be established by the District.

Performance of the job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the School Board’s policy on evaluation of personnel.

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Pasco County Schools will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities to allow them to perform the essential functions of the job when such individuals request an accommodation.

Instructional Assistant/Bus Driver;   EST: December 15, 2009;   REV: n/a;   Board Approved: December 15, 2009