The school buses are an extension of school and the same high expectations are still in place for all the students using them. There is often a wide range of ages present on a bus and the older children, especially, need to take care of how they behave and what they choose to talk about.
Each bus has a Bus Monitor to supervise the children and to ensure that behaviour/safety is acceptable. If there are problems with a student on the bus then the following procedures will be applied:
- First time – a warning;
- Second time – a second warning and a bus report given to the class teacher, who will speak to the child about their behaviour and the consequences of their actions;
- Third time – a bus report given to the class teacher and contact with the parents.
Role of the Bus Monitor
The Bus Monitor ensures that all the children leave school on the correct bus wearing seatbelts and that they remain seated throughout the journey.
The Bus Monitor carries a mobile telephone and will contact parents if there is any delay to the service on either the outward or return journey.
The Bus Monitor will attempt to contact parents if the child is not waiting at the bus stop as expected, but the bus will wait only two minutes before leaving.
If there is a problem with a student’s behaviour on the bus, the Bus Monitor will point out the problem to the child and request that the poor behaviour stops. It is expected that students will conform to the request. If students do not respond, the Bus Monitor will report the incident to the Bus Coordinator, who in turn, will report this to senior members of the teaching staff for follow-up.