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On the bus

January 20, 2012 - Jodelle Greiner
Reading Jenn’s blog about riding the school bus brought back memories, some not so good.

When I was in kindergarten, back in the early 70’s, we had bus monitors. They were responsible high schoolers who took their job seriously and made sure everyone obeyed the rules and stayed in their seats. I remember the bus being very full because almost all the teens rode the bus to school.

By the time I was in high school, most of the high schoolers drove to school; I was one of the very few who didn’t. The bus monitors were grade school kids — not even junior high — who really weren’t responsible enough for the job. I remember one monitor who liked to run up and down the aisles telling the other kids what rules they were breaking. Finally, some of us older kids told her to sit down because she shouldn’t be up when the bus was moving, either, and if she didn’t sit, we’d tell her principal.

Obviously, we can’t go back to the “good old days”, and kids are just different nowadays. Bus drivers can’t watch the road and the rowdy kids behind them. Teachers can’t ride the buses to monitor the kids. Too many parents work these days to volunteer as bus monitors. Maybe the school could hire retirees as bus monitors?

I’m not sure what the answer is, but we need to find one. Kids need to feel safe on the bus.


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