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Former school bus monitor pleads guilty to hitting special-needs student

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.

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School bus driver accused of pushing student down stairs

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.

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Clearing Communication Hurdles with Parents

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.

Thomas McMahon is executive editor of School Bus Fleet.
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Separating boys and girls on the school bus

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. ...

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