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Old 01-09-2012, 12:43 PM
 
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Yesterday, I was working the concession stand at my son's basketball game. A coach was talking to me about schools. He was telling me that bus drivers need to have teachers on the bus with them. they can't possibly drive a bus and manage behavior. I nearly blew a gasket. he said he really think that teachers should do it because they get summers off. I told him politely I did not agree.

I already do bus duty, lunch duty, recess duty then we rotate study hall and behavior hall.

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Old 01-09-2012, 12:56 PM
 
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I agree that there needs to be someone on the bus with the bus driver that can have their eyes on the students and make them behave. However, that someone needs to be paid to do that job. Our hours are from 7:30 - 3:30. My duties here at school end at 3:30. Bus routes run much later than that.
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There definitely needs to be someone on the bus with the bus drivers, I agree. I think it's a perfect job for lunch workers. I say that because they can get paid to do that, and it's before and after the lunch prep time! Perfect, right? It just has to be no breakfast service or something If a teacher does it, it needs to be an extra (well-)paid duty, imo. Definitely not a "part of the job."
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Old 01-09-2012, 02:00 PM
 
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Our busses have bus monitors.
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Old 01-09-2012, 03:50 PM
 
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That's the same guy who would blow a gasket because his little angels teacher is not available for a conference because she is off on bus duty for the time in which parents would normally be allowed to conference.

I have an idea....kick kids of the freaking bus who can't behave! Our district goes through an independent company for our bussing. It is our job to provide transportation for students, but the students job to keep that privledge.


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Old 01-09-2012, 07:01 PM
 
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I agree that there should be someone on buses to monitor behavior. The driver should be there to concentrate on driving only, and children should not be there unsupervised.

I don't think it should be teachers, though. They need to hire bus monitors.
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Old 01-09-2012, 07:13 PM
 
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Did you ask him why he doesn't volunteer to ride the bus with his son and help the driver?

OR did you ask him how much the job was paying?

I agree that there should be someone else on the bus with the driver, but that person should be hired by the bus company.

There are cameras in many of the newer buses now.

As teachers we need to be our own advocates and explain to non-teachers what we do in a day on a daily routine. I don't think they get it at all.
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Old 01-09-2012, 08:53 PM
 
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You could do bus monitor duty in the summer when you are not teaching.

I like Nunziata response about parents doing the volunteering. I'll bet he isn't interested in a tax hike to pay for someone to do the job.

I'm always so much better with good responses driving away then when faced with folks who have no understanding of what teaching actually entails.
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:04 AM
 
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He thinks we get the summers off with pay! Oh ya, just like we get paid vacations and holidays!
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That coach is
Old 01-10-2012, 12:39 PM
 
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clearly a jack#$$. Who would even think to say something so bizarre? It was obviously meant to inflame.

Good for you for remaining polite. I am not sure I could have or would have. The ignorance and obnoxious behavior of some people just astounds me.


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time and a half
Old 01-10-2012, 02:10 PM
 
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Since I already work 8 contracted hours, that would be considered overtime. If they paid me time and a half, I might consider sitting on bus for an hour and telling kids to shut up.
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Old 01-10-2012, 04:49 PM
 
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I would never want to be a bus driver. I can't stand being on the bus with children during our once-per-year field trips, let alone every day.

Our bus drivers can suspend children from the bus. I don't know how often this happens, and I'm not sure what the legal recourse is for the parent or the district. It would be interesting to find out.
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Old 01-11-2012, 12:52 PM
 
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hiring people to just do that. Our dist does. I have no idea what their quals are but they are NOT cert teachers (or at least paid like one). I think this is a great idea.
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Old 01-11-2012, 05:48 PM
 
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We never had monitors when we had bus transportation but we solved that whole problem by dropping bus transportation. We only have home to school transportation for special ed and a few overflow kids when there is no room for them at their local school.
We do have buses available for some field trips and athletics but it runs us $5 per mile per bus so fundraising is needed.
When we did have home to school transportation I paid about $400 per year for round trip transport for my son to the middle school about 8 miles away.
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