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January 12, 2010  |   Comments (4)   |   Post a comment

High school students serve as bus monitors


DANVERS, Mass. — After fifth graders in a survey identified bullying on the school bus as the biggest onboard safety concern, D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Police Officer Olivia Silva came up with a plan to improve safety based in part on research on bullying she had done in a master's degree program.

In Silva's pilot program, high school juniors and seniors will ride on school buses with elementary school students to serve as monitors, the Danvers Herald reports.

The high school students are members of Students Against Destructive Decisions and attend a three-hour training program before becoming bus monitors. The training covers street safety, recognizing bullying, and responsibilities and limitations, and it includes time on the bus learning about bus safety, evacuation procedures and how to help the driver.

The students are trained to assist the bus driver and alert him or her if incidents arise.

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Interesting..We have paid adult monitors in our school district in Kentucky on pre-school/kindergarten buses..special needs buses and a select few others. They are required to have special class room training...pass a physical..pass a drug test..have a high school diploma..have criminal records check...If we had an accident (god forbid) with a high school student acting as a monitor,I dare think of the liability.

Rex Parmelee    |    Jan 13, 2010 01:53 PM

HI there in RI we have monitors on all buses its been a law here since the late 80s they do help quite a bit but they are all paid, trained, and show up every morning and afternoon HS students aren't all that reliable. Plus could it be more of a liability issue?

Brian    |    Jan 13, 2010 09:18 AM

I think it is an excellent idea as long as there is a screening process for the teens. However, I don't imagine they will be donating their time so I am wondering if the district is covering the cost.

Sharon    |    Jan 13, 2010 08:23 AM

Is it really a good idea to have students monitored by their peers?

Valerie    |    Jan 13, 2010 04:47 AM

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