School bus bullying program unveiled

Posted on June 15, 2011
This new training program was developed by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, with input from NAPT. The materials are available for free download.
This new training program was developed by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, with input from NAPT. The materials are available for free download.

A new program to help pupil transportation professionals deal with bullying is now available for free download.

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools (OSDFS) developed the training modules, with input from the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT).

"School officials, bus operators and parents in every community must understand that bullying can involve serious psychological and physical harm," NAPT President Linda Bluth said. "All must work diligently to create effective deterrents and responses."

NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin noted that "our industry wants to discourage the incidence of bullying and recognize and deal with it effectively when it occurs. We are very pleased that the U.S. Department of Education shares our view and stepped forward to collaborate with us on content and fund the training."

Kevin Jennings, OSDFS assistant deputy secretary, announced in March that the program was in the works. He said that when he spoke about bullying at the NAPT conference last fall, he was told that many school bus drivers feel that they haven’t had enough training on the topic of bullying.

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

Jennings arranged and led a conference in Washington, D.C., last Wednesday to preview the new bullying training program, titled "Creating a Safe and Respectful Environment on Our Nation's Buses."

The project is reportedly one of Jennings' last official acts before leaving the Obama administration to return to the private sector.

NAPT said that 27 school transportation professionals from across the nation and representatives of the Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Center helped create the curriculum.

Included are two PowerPoint modules with trainer's guides, posters and other reference components.

Module 1, "See Something. Do Something: Intervening in Bullying Behavior," can now be downloaded from the NAPT website. Module 2, "Creating a Supportive Bus Climate: Preventing Bullying," is slated to be released on Friday.


Related Topics: bullying, driver training, NAPT

Comments ( 1 )
  • jkraemer

     | about 6 years ago

    The actual training module turned out much better than the white paper announcing the training contents and pending module, in my opinion. A well put together presentation that will be of help to facilities that actually follow through. Beware that without the help of the better behaved kids and also the well behaved adults 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 in bullying on the bus. Most bullies like their power and only give it up when the best behaved involved can hang on to their power to intervene, to contain the violent with a controlled persistence that exceeds a hostile child’s out of control persistence.

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