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PEACEFUL SCHOOL BUS PROGRAM (THE)
This is a whole-school program that's designed to decrease inappropriate behavior on buses while creating a climate of respect and cooperation. Teachers, administrators, parents, and students take part in school bus route meetings. At these meetings the students: take part in team-building exercises; develop mentoring relationships by pairing older students with younger students on the bus; talk about bullying - and what behavior is and is not acceptable; get to personally know their driver, who is present at the meetings.
Although first developed and implemented in an elementary school setting, the program is easily adapted for use with middle school and even high-school students, who can serve as mentors, role models, and teachers of younger students.
OUTCOMES - Peaceful School Bus Program was created in the real-world setting of Lynnwood Elementary School in upstate New York. In the year before the program was implemented, school bus drivers reported 58 incidents of inappropriate behavior. The program has been in place for 7 years. In each of the past 4 years, the average yearly total of bus incident referrals has been nine.
HOW IT WORKS - There is very little financial cost to implementing this program. All materials are included in the 128-page Softcover guide. The DVD gives a program overview. And the CD-ROM provides numerous resources including: program posters; bus decals; activity handouts; a parent letter (in English and Spanish); a bus route leader-training outline; an implementation checklist. It is recommended that each committee member and bus route group leader have one copy of the guide.