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Feds to offer driver training on bullying

Posted on March 17, 2011
Kevin Jennings of the U.S. Department of Education, shown here at last fall's NAPT conference, announced this week that a free training program to help school bus drivers deal with bullying is expected to be released in July.
Kevin Jennings of the U.S. Department of Education, shown here at last fall's NAPT conference, announced this week that a free training program to help school bus drivers deal with bullying is expected to be released in July.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The U.S. Department of Education will offer a free training program to help school bus drivers deal with bullying.

Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe & Drug-Free Schools, made the announcement on Monday at the Transporting Students With Disabilities conference, where he gave a keynote presentation on bullying.

“Students can’t learn if they don’t feel safe,” he said. “Bullying creates a climate of fear, which affects all kids.”

Jennings said that the program is expected to be released in July.

He said that when he spoke about bullying at the National Association for Pupil Transportation conference last fall, he was told that many school bus drivers feel that they haven’t had enough training in this area. That notion was also pointed out in a survey by the National Education Association (NEA).

“There’s an obvious gap that we can fill,” Jennings said.

He also cited NEA statistics indicating that the school bus is the No. 3 location where students are bullied, with No. 1 being inside the school building and No. 2 being outside of the school.

 

Related Topics: bullying, driver training

Comments ( 3 )
  • jkraemer

     | about 6 years ago

    The actual training module turned out much better than the white paper announcing the training contents and pending module. A well put together presentation that will be of help to facilities that actually follow through. The most recent worst example of denial concerning the buses can be viewed at this forum link: http://www.schoolbusfleet.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=22356 - Beware that without the help of the better behaved kids and also the well behaved parents involved not much can actually change a bus environment to a calmer, safer place for children, and also a hostile free workplace behind the wheel for the school bus drivers. For something as persistent as bullying requires the best support and persistence that overcomes the bullies persistence to act out their violence. Without that support the bus driver can end up blamed and regardless of how well he or she performs at intervening. Bullies want to keep their power and only give it up when the best behaved involved can hang on to their power to intervene. The NAPT free training module link is available for download at this forum link: http://www.schoolbusfleet.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=22362

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