Parent Volunteers on the School Bus?

Posted on April 1, 2002
What do you think of allowing parent volunteers to ride buses to help manage the students? I’m all for it, as long as background checks are done and training is required. There would be a conflict of interest if a parent volunteer was on the same bus as their child. Jason Sherman, contract manager First Student, Bloomington, Ill. Placing the training, trust and authority in the bus driver when keeping kids safe is the top priority. I agree that parents don’t necessarily need to be on the bus. Regardless, in some school districts this volunteer action could be of much use. Background checks are not necessary, in my opinion, since all passengers, including parents on the bus, are under the authority of the bus driver. Are we going to start doing background checks on all the passengers? A parent volunteer training class requirement I would think to be most appropriate. James Kraemer, director I do not agree that bus attendants should be assigned to regular-education buses. There should be only one authority figure on the bus, and having an assistant would be a form of abdication of that authority. John Farr, transportation director Oceanside (Calif.) USD
Comments ( 1 )
  • Elizabeth

     | about 2 months ago

    I necessarily don't see it as a conflict as long as the parent is actually there to prevent any incidents or accidents. I speaking for myself and along with some other parent's know the feeling and wanting to make sure our children are secure and safe. I feel as though that I would make a difference in each child's life, and make accountable for whatever may happen if I was appointed "the right" to ride. I have no favorites, so even if I rode the bus same bus as my children they as well, would be subdued in any conflict of they happen to be the one causing the issue, that they too would be given consequences for their actions. I hope that this can shed some light on the issue, and given a chance to be done.

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