Back to Main
In-Service Safety Series
In-Service Safety Series
Back   Next



Time: 1 hour

Description: The driver must recognize that control of the bus is critical. The driver has two responsibilities: driving safely and not being distracted. If the driver is distracted by and/or loses control of the students, it is a safety problem. At the completion of this module, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the importance of keeping control of student behavior on the bus
  2. State the standards for behavior in his/her school district
  3. Describe the situations that put drivers most at risk
  4. Describe ways to maintain acceptable student behavior on the bus.

#1 Managing the Students on My Bus Worksheet
#2 Tips and Techniques for Managing Your Students

Could be presented with:
Driver Attitude
Loading and Unloading
Transporting Infants and Toddlers

What the Pupil Transportation Supervisor Can Do

  • Have principals tell drivers what their expectations for student behavior are at the beginning of the school year.
  • Invite drivers to take the behavior management classes offered to teachers.
  • Make seasoned and effective drivers available as mentors.
  • Use a team approach to address student management: parent, teacher, principal, school board, driver, student.
  • Encourage parents to be present at bus stops to help with loading and unloading.
  • Review your school discipline policy to make sure that it supports the school bus driver.
  • Let drivers know the disposition of discipline reports.
  • Notify parents at the start of the school year that proper behavior is expected on buses and that the driver's authority must be respected. Have parents sign off on the school bus rules.
  • If not already done, develop a policy on whether video cameras will be used on school buses and, if so, how they will be used.

Additional Resources

  1. Dealing with Young Riders (video, handbook, overhead slides, 1993). Starring Bob McAllister. Videotapes cover: Rules, Rapport, Reason (31 mins.); Communication (37 mins.); Giving Directions (36 mins.); Stopping Destructive Behavior (21 mins.); Dealing with Groups (31 mins.). Strategies Training Systems, 15914 232nd Ave. NE, Woodinville, WA 98072, (800) 600-5636,
  2. Good morning, Mr. Johnson (15 minutes, 1985). Shows a ride to school with the driver telling students how to be safe while boarding, waiting at a bus stop, riding on the bus, etc. Consumer Vision, Division of Walter J. Klein Ltd., 6311 Carmel Rd., P.O. Box 2087, Charlotte, NC 28211-2087, (704) 542-1403.
  3. Safe Crossing: An ‘Egg-cellent' Idea (10 minutes, 1991). A school bus safety video for classroom use with K-3 students. Also good for school bus drivers so they know what students are being told. Available from Pupil Transportation Safety Institute (see General Resources).
  4. Operation School Bus Safety: Be Cool, Follow the Rules (15 minutes, 1995). By Thomas Built Buses and North American Distributors. A queen and a jester ride the bus and talk about getting on and off safely. Good for older elementary students and drivers, so they know what students are being told. Thomas Built Buses, P.O. Box 2450, High Point, NC 27261, (910) 889-4871.
  5. Assertive Discipline for School Bus Drivers (30 minutes). A step-by-step approach for managing student behavior on the school bus. The bus driver learns how to achieve an orderly bus and manage student behavior effectively and positively. Lee Cantor & Associates, P.O. Box 2113, Santa Monica, CA 90407, (800) 262-4347.
  6. You Make A Difference. This live presentation by Corwin Kronenberg can last from one hour to all day, depending on need. Designed specifically for school bus drivers, it focuses on children's self-concept and managing students on the bus. Corwin Kronenberg Consulting Inc., 6017 West 96th St., Bloomington, MN 55438, (612) 831-3619.
  7. The Cure for Conflict (32 minutes, 1980). Uses a mime to reinforce safety and discipline on the bus. Visucom, P.O. Box 5472, Red Wood City, CA 94063, (650) 364-5566.
  8. Check with teachers' associations to see what student management material they recommend.

Back to Top