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Every special education vehicle must have an attendant responsible for assisting special education children during their ride to and from school. An attendant is also required to assist each child from the bus to the front door of the school. Attendants must be at least 21 years old and certified in order to transport students. The New York State Education Department (NYSED) mandates standards that apply to school bus attendants across the state. A key component of certification is completion of required training at an approved Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) training location. All attendants are required to attend mandatory refresher courses each year.Requirements for Attendant Certification Bus companies schedule appointments at OPT for attendants to apply for certification. Attendants report to the OPT Contract Management Unit on the sixth floor to provide the identification and paperwork listed below:
All required documentation must be submitted at time of application. Faxes will not be accepted. If review of the submissions is positive the applicant will be photographed and fingerprinted electronically via Live Scan. If the fingerprint check comes back clean (results are usually received within one or two days) an ID card and supporting documentation will be generated and placed in the company's mail pickup. Upon receipt of the ID, the DOE attendant is able to perform DOE work.