Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc.
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Work Location: ECD Dysart Center 15815 N. Desert Sage Street Surprise, AZ 85378
The Bus Aide is responsible for assisting the Bus Driver/Facilities Custodian to ensure children observe CPLC Early Childhood Development (ECD) safety rules and regulation while traveling on the school bus. Provide educational activities which will complement the children’s classroom education. Provide clear and appropriate directives to children regarding conduct and safety on the school bus. Promoting school readiness by preparing children and families for school and life success as it relates to this position. Actively supervise children by sight and sound at all times and in all environments. Maintain all health and safety regulations to create an optimum learning environment. Facilitate health practices to keep children safe in the school bus, outdoor and indoor environments.
Initial employment physical, TB test or Chest X-ray, and Tdap vaccination is required. Must pass a criminal background check to include a Child Abuse and Neglect register check and obtain a Level One Fingerprint Clearance card. Must be First Aid and CPR certified or obtain certification within the first 6 months of employment. Applicant must obtain Food Handler’s card upon hire and maintain card with a current status.
High School Diploma/GED is required; however, CDA is preferred. Applicant must have at least six months’ experience and/or training with children ages 0-5 is preferred. Good communication skills both written and verbal. Ability to follow through on assigned tasks. Relate positively and clearly with children, parents, volunteers, and staff. Demonstrate basic computer literacy and skills. Bilingual English/Spanish preferred. Applicant must have valid AZ Driver’s License free of restrictions.
JOB RESPONSIBILITIES AND COMPETENCIES
Assist children with the use of child restraint systems, and ensure bus rules are followed; ensure children are seated with arms, legs and heads in side school bus window.
Initiate quiet verbal games, which will complement the children’s classroom education.
Handle discipline problems immediately and appropriately. Yelling, threatening promises and verbal abuse are prohibited.
Report, in writing, any and all inappropriate behavior of children to the Center Service Manager.
Ensure all conversation directed to the Bus Driver/Facilities Custodian is kept to a minimum.
Responsible for maintaining good relationships and communications with parents and CPLC ECD staff.
Be a good language model for children by using correct grammar, voice level, clear speech, and responsive conversation with children in their language of preferred use.
Must be able to handle any emergency situation in a calm and professional manner.
Understand and adhere to policies and procedures related to CPR, First Aid, Dental Emergencies, and Accident Reporting.
Understand and adhere to the ECD Transportation Content Area Plans & Procedures.
Participate in ECD annual pre-service training, planning meetings, and other trainings.
Report child absences directly to teaching staff.
Call parents to check on absent children and fill out absentee reports when no communication has been made directly to the center (if designated to do so).
Review and update all child emergency information cards in coordination with Family Service Engagement Workers, Family Service Engagement Worker Floater Teacher, and Teachers.
Complete any required paperwork documentation related to transportation, e.g., daily sign-in and sign-out check list.
Ensure children are only released to authorized individuals as indicated on the child’s Emergency Information Immunization Record (EIIR).
Ensure the delivery of written communications to parents (permission slips, newsletters, etc.).
Participate and assist the Bus Driver/Facilities Custodian in conducting bus evacuation drills.
Demonstrate awareness and sensitivity to cultural issues and community practices of low income and at risk families, including dual language speakers.
Escort children across intersections and roads to ensure safety.
Perform other duties as requested by immediate supervisor necessary to carry out the administrative/programmatic activities necessary to fulfill the goals and objectives of CPLC ECD.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee frequently is required to sit and use hands along with fingers, to handle or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, and stoop, kneel, bending at the waist crouch or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. Applicant must be able to travel (in state/out of state) as needed.
Employee will be expected to participate in continuous learning, competency building and maintenance of competency skills.
TYPICAL WORKING CONDITIONS
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those encountered while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Work is performed in structured environments. Applicant may be required to work outdoors. Employees who do not regularly meet with the public should follow the basic dress requirements of safety and comfort, but should still be as neat and businesslike as working conditions permit.
Reports to and is supervised directly by the Center Service Manager. Employee is also accountable for understanding and complying with CPLC policies and procedures.