Monthly Archives: October 2011

Diary of a school bus driver. Day…? IDK, it’s October 24th

So my kids were eerily quiet this morning. All of them. Even the little ones. Last Thursday the bosses put a State Trooper on my bus for a ride along. Made MY day…Not! The kids (The little ones) were not very well behaved and I told them I was very disappointed in their behavior. Then on Friday, I brought in candy to pass out at the end of the day. I told my JH kids that they better not leave ANY GARBAGE on my bus or I would never give them candy again. They were very good. They policed the crap out of each other.Awesome!
They ate it all before we left school and cleaned up their mess. The LITTLE kids? They didn’t even get one piece. I was going to give them theirs when they each got off the bus. For one, because I did not trust them, to not leave garbage all over the bus, and 2? Because I knew they would eat it while I was driving down the road which is dangerous. But, they were not behaving themselves. Every time I looked in the mirror someone was out in the aisle, someone else was throwing stuff (broken pencils, crayons, paper, toys), they were yelling and screaming, wrestling, etc. So, I stopped the bus, turned the light on, which signals silence, which mostly works, and told them that I had brought candy to give them, but they were not behaving, and they were NOT getting any candy. I proceeded to tell them that I gave the big kids candy, because they were being good. Quite a few of them got off the bus and went straight into their mommy’s arms and I could tell that they were telling them how mean I was. I just waved and went on about my business.
I wonder if the exceptional behavior today was in the hopes that they would get that candy?
Hey, whatever works. 🙂

Day something or other. Hey! It’s Friday!

Fridays make me happy. 😀
Especially when we had Monday off. Of course, that just means my paycheck is gonna suck next week.

I so need a 3rd job so I can bring in more money. 2nd job sucks too. Well, I like doing it but it DOES NOT pay enough.

So the boss man said I had to leave earlier in the morning because I was getting to the JH too late. So I started leaving 6 minutes earlier and now I get there so early I get to be a shuttle bus, and take all the 8th graders over to the high school. Which means I’m hanging around for like 20 minutes with a bunch of 14 year olds.

I, like, SO turn into a 14 year old when I’m hanging out with them for 20 minutes. Gah!

Well hell, it keeps me young.

Not much happening. Unless I start telling you about Michael (a 2nd grader) spitting on other kids, or Blayne throwing a paper plane, or a jacket that went flying out the window at 55MPH.

Now THAT was a tiny bit scary, cuz when I saw those two sleeves of the nylon jacket hanging out the window right behind me, I thought it was a kid falling out of my window. Gad!

Very quickly I realized it was a jacket but my heart was pounding like crazy. Then it goes all the way out the window and gets hung up on my stop sign, and I,m thinking …

Holy crap! Where can I pull over to get that jacket off my stop sign?

But…it falls off by itself and I just kept going. The dump truck behind me was probably thinking Aw geez that crazy bus driver is losing a student out the window. Oh no. Just a jacket. Wait she’s not going to stop and get it? Nope? Well then, neither am I.

I am hoping for a nice quiet afternoon.

Pray for me please.

diary of a school bus driver day 20..conversations

7:09 am

Shuttle one is in place..

Shuttle 2 is in place…(this is me btw)

so is shuttle 3..
and shuttle four…

So is shuttle 5 or am I 4?

Bus 25 – 45 are you shuttle 4 or 5?

I’m not sure… I can’t see how many buses are up there.

Well I need to know so I know whether to be a shuttle or not…

Me – I’m the 2nd shuttle and bus 8 is behind me. Are you behind her?

nothing.

Base – Bus 45 they are asking if you’re behind bus 8.

*something unintelligible*

*something else unintelligible*…

followed by a whole lotta nothing.

Bus 34 – I just went by and there are 5 buses lined up, so you all are good.

By this time I am getting frustrated. People need to Speak. Clearly.

Sheesh!

Now I already have eight 8th graders on my bus so I know I can fit 40 more kids on my bus to take over to the other school.

Me – Bus 30 please tell me when you’re full.

Bus 30.

*Ugh nevermind.*

Kids start getting on my bus so I just have to assume he’s full. So I start counting kids. I get to aqbout 30 and the kids on the sidewalk decide I’m full, I didn’t tell them I was full, they just decided.

So I step off my bus and holler>>

hey! I can fit about 10 more kids on this bus.

*grrr*

So more kids come back to get on my bus and for some strange reason I’m overfull. Wth?

Just sit down somewhere.

**whatever**

So we go to the other school and while they’re getting off the bus I count them. Sure enough there are exactly 48 kids on my bus. I must have passed through some weird time/space thingie because they were sitting 3 to a seat. OR>>>SOMEONE was just hogging their seats.

Ok.
I am going to try really hard to not get frustrated with people. Everyone’s talking to each other on the radios and nobody answers. It drives me nuts!

*just let it go M*

just let it go

I am so over it now!

🙂

Diary of a school bus driver Day 18

Tuesday

We pick up at the junior high and then head over to the high school to pick up the 8th graders. No high schoolers because of the levy issues.

Anyway The bell rings and the kids start streaming out of the school. Grades 5-7. They move pretty quick, but there are always stragglers, who like to stand around and chat their friends up. I give them til about 2:12, then I start my engine laughing maniacally because it’s fun to watch the kids scatter off the sidewalk like roaches when the lights come on. They are afraid to get left behind.

Now we head over to the high school. Same parking lot different school, just a hop, skip, and a jump.

We park in our specified spots and wait…and wait. The bell rings and nobody comes out. Then after about 5 minutes they start trickling out the doors.  I guess they think we have all day. But they don’t seem to understand that we (the drivers) are on a time schedule and have to be at another school once we get done dropping them off. I talked to my boss because the kids would come out and start ducking between the buses when we’re trying to leave. So the principal ( I am really starting to like this guy) started calling out on the radio for the drivers to start their engines, close their doors and LEAVE!

Yes!

The kids are strolling to the buses, and we’re leaving them behind on the sidewalk. How else will they learn that they need to come straight to the bus not wander around in the school for 5 minutes, THEN decide to come out and wander around and chat with their friends,  and THEN decide to get on the bus.  Yesterday, I left one of my students on the sidewalk. I had to STOP my bus and put my brake back on for 2 girls who were late… C never got on… the principal is telling us to leave… so I left.

The kids on the bus are yelling…

Miss M! –  C is back there on the sidewalk!

I told them, –  but he’s not on the bus where he belongs. If he wants a ride, then he’ll come out and get on the bus.

I know, you may think this is mean but how else are they going to learn?  At this point, it is taking them OVER 7 minutes to come out and get on the bus. It should be closer to 3-4.

Needless to say he was not happy this morning, but he’s going to be even more unhappy if he doesn’t move his backside and get outside and GET ON THE BUS…ON TIME!!!

Mean busdriver.