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CDL Self-Certification

If your commercial driver license will be expiring soon, you will need to fill out a Self-Certification Affidavit  (which can be downloaded from the Alabama Department of Public Safety site) and fax it to (334)-353-1980 or you can go online and complete the form @ https://app.alea.gov/CDL/ .  We also need a copy of your drivers license if you have renewed it since our last in-service.


 Summer Work Schedule for 12 Month Employee’s:

All Schools, Central Office and Transportation Staff will be working a  regular work schedule Monday thru Friday.


2016 Bus Driver Recertification Dates

Below is a list of School Bus Recertification Dates for the year 2016.  You will need to attend on the day your school or school zone is scheduled.  Classes will be from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. each day at the bus shop.

Regular Route Bus Recertification Class Dates:

Sept. 29     Brookwood Middle, Brookwood High, Brookwood Elementary, LakeView Elementary, Vance  




Oct. 7         Sipsey Valley, Buhl, Westwood, Myrtlewood




Oct. 27       Make-up class



All Bus Drivers must complete four hours of SDE training annually in order to maintain their certification.  You must attend your scheduled class or a make-up class approved by Director of Transportation.

New Bus Driver Class Dates for Tuscaloosa County Schools:

Anyone wishing to attend a new school bus driver’s class will need to send us an employment application with your contact information.  All applicants must attend a new bus driver orientation class to be eligible to attend the State Class.  Our trainers will contact you with the Date for the orientation class. 

New Driver Orientation -     TBA         

(You must attend the orientation class to be eligible for the State Class)

New Driver State Class -      September 19, 20, 21, 2016            9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.


Back to School Meetings



To:       All Transportation Employees

From:   Donna Christian

RE:      2016 – 2017 Back to School Meetings

Date:   June 23, 2016


We would like to welcome everyone back to a great start for the 2016 – 2017 school year.  This is a new beginning for this department with the large number of personnel changes.  I am happy to begin the new year as Transportation Director.  We are blessed to have two great new route supervisors Tom Perkins & Danny Morales that have worked tireless this summer to get ready for this new adventure.  I encourage you to enjoy the remainder of the summer and to take time to recharge your energy.   Also, take a few minutes to set   some goals to have a great rewarding year transporting the TCSS students.


The 2016 – 2017 School Year opens on Thursday, August 11, 2016.  We have scheduled the back to school meeting starting on Thursday, August 4, 2016 thru Wednesday, August 10, 2016.  Buses need to be picked up on your day of training.


All meetings will be held at the bus shop from 7 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

(Substitute Drivers must attend the zone in which they drive.)


August 4, 2016     Special Needs   - All Special Needs Drivers and Aides

August 8, 2016     TCHS, Echols, CRMS, Crestmont, NES, Matt, FWES, FVES, HPES, SVHS, Buhl, WWES, MWES                                            

August 9, 2016     Brookwood Middle, Brookwood High, Brookwood Elem., Lake View, Vance.

August 10, 2016   Holt, Cottondale, DEMS, N’Side, Walker, Hillcrest, DMS, Taylorville, Englewood, Max., Big Sandy                        


Please make sure you attend the meeting that is scheduled for your area.  The meetings are set up so that only a certain number of drivers are in each meeting.  The starting time will be 7:00 a.m. SHARP and will end at 12:00 p.m.  Late arrivals will not be allowed to attend that meeting.  Please dress in attire that meets the TCSS dress code but that will allow you to participate in physical activities that are planned.  Please make sure your shoe attire will allow for uninhibited movement.






Bus routes will be ready to be picked up on August 3, 2016 or can be emailed to you by sending an email request to Christina Crain at cmcrain@tcss.net .


Other important dates:


August 8, 2016TCSS Institute/ Convocation @ 1:00 pm at TCHS gym.  Welcome back event for all TCSS employees.


August 8, 2016 Family Fun Night at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater from 5 – 7 p.m. (Information regarding tickets will be emailed during the month of July.)  There is no cost and food is served with entertainment.