Fights, bullying, and other inappropriate behavior have prompted a proposed bill from a grandparent that would require monitors and seat belts on every school bus.
Transportation directors and bus drivers agree: adults lead by example. Maintaining authority and having fun with students begins by building relationships of compassion and mutual respect.
A driver in Colorado was distracted by noisy students before his bus veered off of a narrow road and rolled last week, district officials say. The driver was new to the job.
Police say that when a 15-year-old passenger failed to follow the bus driver’s instructions, the driver pulled him out of his seat and struck him. Other students captured the incident in cell phone videos.
The students are accused of assaulting their school bus driver, 67-year-old Herman Brown, after he asked them to move to the front of the bus.
The former monitor for Colonial Heights (Va.) Public Schools admits she struck a 6-year-old boy who hit her. She pleads guilty to assault and battery of a child, receives a suspended jail sentence, and must take parenting classes, and complete community service and an anger management program.
A Pennsylvania school bus driver allegedly slammed on the brakes to get the attention of unruly students on the bus, and several suffered injuries.
Students reported to the Ohio high school's principal that the girl yelled the threats. She may be charged with aggravated menacing and expelled from school.
A North Carolina bus driver allegedly grabs an 8-year-old boy and throws him down the bus’ stairs after he asks him to do a head count and the boy says no. The driver is charged with assault on a child under age 12 and is suspended with pay.
Barriers to clear communication, such as parents being less available, overwhelmed with information and not understanding the rules, can be overcome by meeting in person whenever possible, laying out specific rules and consequences, and providing access to real-time arrival information.
In Atlanta, some older boys and girls have been separated on the school bus to improve behavior. District officials tell me that their drivers are given autonomy to decide how to seat their passengers. ...
The district could have avoided embarrassment — for the school bus driver and for itself — by not passing judgment until after conducting a thorough investigation.
In an exclusive interview with School Bus Fleet, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind discusses key points from the agency’s public meeting, and options for what NHTSA may propose this fall.