In order to keep the peace on school buses, districts are giving the school bus drivers more authority to discipline rowdy students. Several programs are being put in place. Here are a few that seem to be working:
- Having classes for the students regarding school bus behavior, letting them know what is expected of them.
- Special lunches where students are seated with their bus driver and sign pledges promising to follow bus rules.
- Deputizing drivers giving them the authority to deal with behavior problems directly. Drivers feel much more supported by a system like this. They are given instructions on how to handle each situation.
- Assigned seating or reseating students who misbehave. Moving misbehaving students to the front of the bus near the driver.
- Dismissing students row by row and inspecting the seats as they leave – also helps with vandalism.
- Positive reinforcement – complimenting students when they behave well.
- Installing seat belts – keeping the students in their seats for the duration of the ride.
- Video and audio surveillance – the students are to be made aware that they are being taped. Showing the student and the parents a video of an infraction confirms that the correct student is being punished.
Next week we will talk about school bus drivers interacting with the parents.