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In-Service Safety Series
In-Service Safety Series


General Attitude and Approach

  • Be friendly, but not familiar; your name is Mr., Mrs., Miss _____.
  • Be firm, but not tough.
  • Be consistent; don't be lax one day and tough the next.
  • Treat all students equally; don't have favorites.
  • Be fair.
  • Show respect.
  • Be courteous and not sarcastic; don't ridicule a student or his/her family.
  • Always control your temper.
  • Keep calm; don't yell.
  • Pay attention to your appearance.
  • Clearly establish your expectations — what the rules are and the reasons they exist.
  • Set a good example; act the part of a person in a responsible position who follows the rules.
  • Be honest in what you do and say.
  • Remember your sense of humor.
  • Don't hold grudges and don't take things personally.
  • Watch your language.

Helpful Tips

  • Greet students by name. Say good morning. Smile.
  • Show an interest in things that interest them.
  • Compliment students on positive behavior.
  • Sometimes it pays not to hear things.
  • Make students feel that they have a responsibility in ensuring group safety; have them help set the rules for the bus.
  • Listen to the students — their suggestions, their complaints, their concerns.
  • If you make a mistake, admit it.
  • Give commands that stimulate an action: “Do this” instead of “Don't do that.”
  • Have a reason for what you ask a student to do and give the reason.


  • Save discipline for safety-related behavior; don't nitpick.
  • Don't get drawn into an argument with a student.
  • Don't threaten to do something you can't do.
  • Don't threaten something and then NOT do it.
  • Don't discipline a whole group; take the ringleader aside.
  • Handle negative comments away from other students.
  • Don't let the situation get out of hand.

When There Is a Problem

  1. Stop the bus.

    Park in a safe location off the road, perhaps a parking lot or a driveway.

  2. Secure the bus.

    Take the ignition key with you if you leave your seat.

  3. Stand up and speak to the offender or offenders.

    Speak in a courteous manner with a firm voice. Remind the offender of the behavior expected. Don't show anger but do show that you mean business.

  4. If a change of seating is needed, move the student to a seat near you.
  5. NEVER put a student off the bus except at school or at his or her residence/school bus stop.

    If you feel that the offense is serious enough that you cannot safely drive the bus, call for a school administrator or a parent to come remove the student.

  6. Follow your district's procedures for further discipline or refusal of rights to ride the bus.

DO NOT Hit or Touch a Student,
unless permitted by regulation

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