Ensuring that our students and staff members are safe every day is essential to our mission and vision at Aurora Public Schools. That is the first priority of our district bus drivers and transportation staff. APS bus drivers must complete extensive training in safe driving procedures, proper vehicle maintenance and student engagement practices before they are certified to operate a school bus. In addition, drivers must complete six hours of training each year to maintain their certification.
Sue Gordon is the lead bus driving trainer for the APS Transportation Department. She has worked for APS for 24 years and is one of the longest-serving staff members in the department.
Gordon knows that student safety starts with excellent training, which also includes helping drivers understand the impact they have on students. “We know that the school bus is an extension of the classroom. Once our drivers realize they really do make a difference in students’ lives and vice versa, they are where we want them to be,” Gordon said.
In addition to certified drivers, the APS Transportation Department’s certified fleet maintenance technicians perform regular preventative maintenance on all district buses to ensure that they are running properly and ready to transport our students safely.
APS Transportation By the Numbers
- 9600+ students transported each day
- 127 bus drivers
- 1,375,055 miles driven last school year
- 109 district school bus routes
- 900,000 gallons of fuel used annually