3 day weekend is here! School is almost out too!
During my grade school run the skies got dark and lightening began to light the sky. One of the kids got on the bus and even crossed herself! The big kids were trying really hard to scare the little ones but they were having none of that. When we arrived at their school they held them on the buses until the normal let off time, instead of letting them in early so needless to say they got soaked.
And as for me I left all 3 of my umbrella's in my car!
At least this afternoon the rain is gone!
7 1/2 more days until summer break!
School is out in 11 more days and boy are the kids getting nutty! Along with my town ripping up the roads and digging ditches for new sewers (makes my job all the more exciting!) not much else new. My new junior high route is going fine. They all stay seated which is a big help. The old driver had assigned seats which I am not a big fan of. I told them that I was now their driver and I my goal was to get them home in a safe manner, if they can behave and stay seated we'd all get along great. So far so good.
After having a few issues with my methods of discipline I will take a look at how my year went and do some things different next school year. For instance I will NOT give a ton of warnings to kids. I will let the schools handle this, some kids do not respond to being nice, especially junior high with their raging hormones. Grade school kids I WILL assign seats, many of these kids use the bus as a gym, they argue with me and assigning seats will help with crowd control!
The break room at my base (my work) has a black board (it's green) and on it says 24 more days of school. The kids sure are acting like it's the last month of school. I did rearrange my grade school route, and assigned some of the kids seats. The good kids in the back can sit wherever, the 4th & 5th grade girls the middle of the bus so the "little" kids won't bug them, and the seat jumping kids in the front. Every single day I get an argument from a 5th grader who is too big for his boots (his parents are going through a divorce), and a 3rd grade who loves to copy the other kids. It's actually worked as fair as bus management goes. That and giving them a written referral, let them argue with the assistant principal.
Everybody has been coming into work too, which means we have extra drivers. So I have had ride along standby drivers and monitors go with me. I'd say half of them think that it is their job to tell me how to do mine. Or they sit and scream at the kids to sit down. The ones who are good usually just sit and talk to my kids and keep them busy. Thank God somebody knows how to deal with kids. Makes mine easier.
This will be the last month with the OLD bus 30. She's a good old girl who's time has come to retire. The bus has a side door, which they don't make anymore because kids were opening it and falling out. Thank God that's never happened to me!! Hopefully, next school year I'll get the NEW bus 30!!