EDITORIAL: Oh behave, schools back and so are the kids

By: Chris Smith

The school year is upon us again, and it is back to it for all the school operators around the

The school year is upon us again, and it is back to it for all the school operators around the country.

In Queensland two new "how to" kits have been produced for Queensland's school bus drivers to manage student behaviour and take some of the stress out of their work.

The DVD addressing typical unsafe behaviour, and a resource kit for managing student behaviour, is designed to support drivers.

Yes, it is a stressful job at times, but for well-seasoned school bus operators it is a pleasure, with most drivers building a great relationship with the kids.

A few operators have mentioned problems are not always caused by the kids.

An online commentator says some school headmasters couldn't care less about the behaviour of their students or the reputation of the school, and this entices bad behaviour by the students.

He says bad bus behaviour is a result of neglect by school staff.

Never the less, kids will be kids and drivers will be drivers and somewhere along the line there has to be mutual respect, common courtesy, and manners.

As a school bus operator recently told Bus+Coach, if you match the right driver with the right kids, you eliminate all your issues.

Strangely enough, the day that is the worst for student behaviour is Thursday.

If you are not a subscriber, then you should become one! The February Bus+Coach is jammed packed with school operators that have been in the game for a long time and it will look at a new computer program designed to manage student behaviour issues easily.

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