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Creating a Safe Environment on the School Bus

“Hey, grind me up a pound!”
If you rode the bus to school, you most likely remember the raft of nasty comments and general disrespect shouted out to the school bus driver as she attempted to shift gears, look both ways, and safely shuttle a 40-foot, 10-ton yellow whale through traffic and congested parking lots.
If you’re shaking your head in bemused recognition of the tableau, consider this: now she is expected to intervene in bullying behaviors—while facing in the opposite direction!
To make that easier, the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments has published Creating a Safe and Respectful Environment on Our Nation’s School Buses, a training toolkit made up of two modules that address bullying on school buses. It is designed “for trainers to assist school bus drivers in cultivating meaningful relationships with students while creating a positive climate on the school bus.”
Module 1 – “See Something. Do Something: Intervening in Bullying Behavior” contains information about how to identify and effectively intervene when bullying occurs on the bus, including helpful de-escalation tips.
Module 2 – “Creating a Supportive Bus Climate: Preventing Bullying” examines “effective strategies to build a school bus climate where bullying is less likely to occur.”
The toolkit comes complete with trainer’s guides, PowerPoint presentations, posters, and other handouts that can help drivers create a positive culture shift on the bus.
Oh, and always remember to find them, not grind them.

If you haven't yet, head on over to 31 for 31 to check out our School Bullying Prevention Difference Makers.

Also watch what this school bus driver did when a stranger boarded her bus.
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