The Peaceful Bus

The Peaceful Bus

In Spencerport, we realize that the environment on the school bus has a major impact on students’ well being. In the morning, it sets the tone for students’ day; a good ride in helps students to focus on learning, a bad ride can focus them on negative feelings about peers or themselves. In the afternoon, a good ride leaves students at their doorstep eager and willing to share about the great things that happened in school that day; a bad ride can leave them tearful and afraid to go back to school.

At Canal View, we work to promote a sense of community on the school bus so that kids will look out for each other instead of bullying or teasing each other. Our Peaceful Bus activities dovetail with our character education Words of the Month: Kindness, Compassion and Caring.

What Are the Goals of the Peaceful Bus Program?

The main goal of the Peaceful Bus Program is to develop a positive and safe environment on the school bus for all students.

The main goal is achieved by addressing these sub goals:

Decrease the amount of inappropriate behaviors on the school bus.

Decrease the amount of time spent disciplining students for inappropriate behaviors on the school bus

Decrease the amount of bullying that occurs on the school bus

Increase the sense of responsibility of students for what happens on the bus

Create a cooperative and supportive relationship between the school and the school transportation department

Recognize the bus group as a community

Create greater trust among all stakeholders in the school bus: students, parents, school staff members, and transportation staff members

Improve communication among all stakeholders

Support and strengthen the existing discipline procedures for bus problems

Taken from James Dillon’s The Peaceful School Bus Program for K – 12

 

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