students often behave in a disruptive manner on the
school bus. Misbehavior is especially difficult to manage
in this environment because the driver must focus his or
her attention on the road and stay on schedule. However,
we believe that students can learn to act responsibly
through a system of training and reinforcment. In
cooperation with school administrators, our staff has
monitored school bus behavior at Sabal Palm Elementary
and developed reasonable interevntions to deal with short
and long term problems. These interventions have
bus loading procedures
seating on the bus
a system of incentives (rewards) to increase
bus drivers' paperwork for reporting student
bus driver morale (e.g. shirts)
student self-control: quiet/inside vs.
We interviewed several local schools
to find out how they structured student behavior in the
cafeteria and on the school bus. Based on what we
learned, we came up with a list of "essentials"
for managing students in these often unstructured
procedures and routines were instituted,
and the school was serious about
enforcing them consistently.
- Kids sat in a
specific space, depending on which bus
they rode. All kids boarded the bus
together in single file line. Busses were
clearly marked (either by color or
number). Assigned waiting spots were
clearly marked and kids sat in that spot
(no standing, no moving to another bus
waiting spot-this is key!!).
- Assigned seats
- Bus monitors
and bus drivers were well trained,
active, and consistent.
- A system of
consequence was utilized (few rewards
were utilized; most schools rely on
walked students to bus pick-up location
& took responsibility for getting
kids settled in proper place for his/her
- Teach and
review proper procedure for (1) Walking
to bus pick-up, (2) Sitting in designated
area for ones particular bus.
PICK-UP AREA MONITORS
- Insure that
kids are in assigned waiting spot and
attend and continually cue children
regarding appropriate behavior.
disruptive children in a near-by
"time out" area until their bus
- Make note
(paper trail) of disruptive students.
boarding time for each bus.
- Enforce the
rules of appropriate behavior.
- Has clipboard
with assigned seat & name of each
child. Calls out the seat number and/or
name of disruptive child one time
(warning). A second disruptive incident
(that same day) results in a disciplinary
referral. Writes referral for
given to Asst.
- Must be
willing to "pull over &
stop" if behavior becomes too rowdy.
Cant ignore it.
offense-Referral to vice principal. Child
writes a report on proper bus behavior,
what their misbehavior was, how
misbehaviors can result in accidents, etc
(young children draw reports) (VP reports
that this is VERY effective). Parent
notification (parent must sign and return
referral form) Parent understands that
two referrals result in loss of bus
privileges for a certain number of days.
offense - suspension from riding bus.
evaluation of "total" bus
behavior for each bus could be done by
driver (Smiley, Neutral, Frowney Face).
At the end of the week, a Best Behaved
Bus" award could be given with
recognition and perhaps a reward (note:
most schools dont use rewards, only