Do all school bus drivers know what’s expected of them? Could many use a reminder about proper conduct and what’s important?
White perusing the internet for school bus news, I came upon an article that included “The 10 Commandments for Pupil Transportation”, written by Louk Markham. The writer, and school bus driver, states that he faithfully observes the following:
I. Thou shall not drive a bus without a current and appropriate CDL and endorsements as required.
II. Thou shall conduct proper pre-trip, between trip, and post-trip inspections each day to ensure the safety of myself, my passengers and the other motorists with which I share the road.
III. Thou shall not allow strangers on thy bus.
IV. Thou shall prevent accidents from happening.
V. Thou shall not use the mechanics’ names in vain.
VI. Thou shall not covet thy co-worker’s students.
VII. Thou shall not covet thy co-worker’s bus.
VIII. Thou shall honor thy supervisor, students, and parents. While we may not always agree with them, we must be respectful of the diversity of the individuals with which we are required to work each day. They give us our daily bread.
IX. Thou shall treat others as one would like others to treat oneself (refer to VIII above)
X. Thou shall remember to keep work days for work and non-work days for family. While our gainful employment is important to our careers and to pay our bills, our family will be with us for a lifetime. As in precision driving, balance is important.
There is humor in these rules, but there is a lot of good information there, too. School bus drivers would do good to remember these “commandments” each day they drive a school bus.