After reading an article about a child getting suspended off the bus for excessive flatulence, I realized I hadn’t explained what sort of things a child can get written up for on a school bus. I explained the common rules found on a bus here. On our “Bus Conduct” forms there are 10 check boxes. Nine of them have common violations listed, but there is one check box always left blank with several lines for the bus driver to write in the offense. Most of us opt to write in the offense along with checking off several of the other boxes.
A child can get written up for the following and any variation of the following:
1. Violation of Safety Procedures
This includes standing on the seats, walking up and down the aisle while the bus is moving, changing seats, and not staying in assigned seat.
2. Destruction of Property
This is self-explanatory, but includes defacing school property by tearing, mutilating or otherwise damaging the seats, walls, floors and ceiling of the bus.
3. Fighting – Pushing – Tripping
They lump these three together and we are expected to circle the appropriate offense on a student-by-student basis. These are pretty obvious offenses.
4. Excessive Mischief
This goes hand in hand with the Violation of Safety Procedures and includes crawling under the seats, making noises deliberately for the distraction of the driver.
Again self-explanatory offenses.
Not following the rules and being difficult.
7. Eating – Drinking – Littering
8. Rude – Discourteous – Annoying
9. Unacceptable Language
Yeah, no swearing allowed!!!!!!
10. Other – Describe.
We most commonly use this checkbox to describe the incident.
Even with all this, we still get parents who complain. A common grievance we get from parents is “Why did YOU give my child X days off the bus?” Fortunately we don’t actually make the decisions on what each child gets as punishment for the infractions we write up. The school makes that decision, yet still, we get parents who insist it is still our fault.
To those parents who say “Not my child, he/she goes to church/can do no wrong!” I say this: I warned your child several times. I pulled the videotape of the incident and watched it. In some cases, my boss watches it as well. The administrator of the school has watched the tape. The tape never lies. Additionally there are typically witnesses. Fellow students squeal like stuck pigs when its not them getting in trouble. They are perfectly happy to throw another student under the bus in order to save their own skins. So please understand that when your child got 3-5-10 day bus suspension, it is entirely your child’s fault, not the bus drivers’.
The Bus Driver