Selah (Wash.) School District’s Selah Pride Patrol has middle and high school students mentor primary school students on proper bus etiquette and behavior. The program has significantly reduced write-ups.
The contractor’s “Bully-Free Buses” campaign is led by Blue Shirt Day. Drivers, mechanics, and others wear blue shirts to show solidarity against bullying.
All school bus drivers and aides in the state have to go through the training program, which was mandated by a bill passed last year.
In Texas, a 14-year-old boy unbuckles his seat belt, moves quickly to the front of the bus, and jumps off as the bus travels down a freeway. He is found safe walking down another freeway one hour later.
The Peaceful School Bus program at two Connecticut schools brings drivers and students together to discuss rules for behavior on the bus, aiming to create a cooperative relationship between them.
Des Moines Public Schools’ seat belt study will involve two Thomas Built C2 buses equipped with SynTec’s S3C seats.
More than two dozen school districts and nonprofit agencies win grants from Safe Fleet for their strategies to prevent bullying in their communities.
Former Orange County (Fla.) Public Schools bus driver Rosa Dalger denies the accusations and says her actions were necessary to prevent the student or other students from being hurt.
A Virginia district is conducting a two-day training on verbal and non-verbal de-escalation techniques and appropriate restraint methods intended to be used as a last resort for unruly students.
Duval County (Fla.) Public Schools more than doubles the time the student is removed from the bus for a first fight. Students involved in fights may also have school bus privileges revoked permanently.
A school bus driver and attendant allegedly left a 13-year-old boy on their bus twice, but the charges against them were ultimately dropped. The attendant says the boy “intentionally hid.” But is that a valid excuse?
A jury finds Jeannette Burrage of Washington not guilty of assaulting a 6-year-old boy with autism. Video showed her in a scuffle with the boy, but the jury couldn’t prove that she intentionally hit him.
In half a century at the wheel, Hilda Vann’s approach to student management hasn’t changed: treat them with respect, work to understand them, and teach them valuable life lessons.