When kids start 7 th grade, there are many changes they go through. In the morning, they have 3 priorities: Get up, make yourself look nice, and don't miss the bus. The bus is pretty amazing; bus drivers have to go through lots of steps to get their jobs. To some kids buses are not their cup of tea. Here's the latest scoop on middle school buses.
Think of your bus driver. Mean? Nice? Those are probably the qualities that first come to your mind. However, bus drivers have more qualities that you may not have noticed. All bus drivers have a trustworthy character, good judgment with children and other drivers, safe driving skills, and patience. I didn't know the first thing about how bus drivers get their job, but now I do. First, they have to take a first aid course. They have to have a spotless driving record, and good defensive driving techniques. After all, the children's' lives are in their hands. No pressure! Bus drivers can't have any issues with the law, and must be in excellent health. Then, they get a CDL (commercials drivers license) when in training. Lastly, bus drivers have to understand how to use emergency exits, load and unload children, drive across railroads, and must know the evacuate procedures. If you're looking for a job with no pressure and hard work, clearly bus driving is not a wise choice.
If you don't know already, there is a camera in front of the bus. The camera is mostly used for catching minor crimes: vandalism, bullying, trashing the bus, and other offenses. Principles can watch the video to make sure the bus driver is following the rules. Also, the bus driver may not know that the children are breaking the rules, so he can watch the video to see how the kids acted. The camera is the most important alibi for solving bus crimes.
I certainly do not agree with this rule: No food allowed on the bus. What's up with that? It's not like we'll drop it, but what if? Food attracts animals, and a bus sure wouldn't want mice on their bus. Eww! When food rots, it is messy and smelly. Kids could have a serious allergy to that food, and you may be unaware of it. Although I dread that rule: No food allowed on buses, now I can see why they have it.
The inventor of these yellow, large vehicles was George Shillbeer. He designed a bus meant to carry only 25 children! That sounds like a dream-come-true to me. So why did we use the color yellow to paint the outside of our bus? Well, George Shillbeer held a conference that established the law that all busses must be yellow and have black lettering on it; black is easy to read on a yellow background. Since it's a law saying all busses must be yellow, I don't think you'll see any change in the color of school busses.
School busses are surprisingly safe; much more than other vehicles. In 2007-2008, six students died in a bus, while 368 kids died in their parent's car. Why is this? Parents are in a rush to get their child on time to school. If they don't, the child will be considered tardy. However, if a bus is late, the child is excused. For me, it's very exciting to hear that busses are 12 times safer than other cars. It's terrifying to know that if the crash is bad, everyone's more likely to get a fatal injury. If busses are 12 times safer than other vehicles, you'd think they'd have seatbelts. They don't have seatbelts because the seats are higher than normal cars and are greater in weight, so the impact won't be as bad. Students are not near the massive opening door, so they probably won't get thrown out of the bus, and the windows are too small for kids to fit through. The district may have logical reasons not to have seatbelts, but I think it'd be safer to have them because lots of kids would hit the windows and fall out the aisles.
Online, a woman said she rode the bus as a child, and knew it was safe. That's why she lets her kid ride the bus. Unfortunately, some parents care about the kid's safety, and don't let their kid rode the bus. There are lots of kids who bully others by making a kid move seats... by force! Poor kid! Now let's go checkout what my parents decided. Both of my parents let me ride the bus. Basically, the bus driver is hired by the school district, and that means they have thorough background checks, and are very trustworthy. It's very convenient for my parents because then they don't need to drive me to school. Obviously my parents studied their bus homework.
My parents had good reasons to let me ride the bus. But they were missing a very important aspect; do I like the bus? Of course I do! I can talk to my friends, and even make friends. The only thing I don't like about the bus is walking to the bus stop in the -100,000 degrees weather. The walk seems to take as long as 10 years, and I can't feel my fingers. But if you asked me," Do you like the bus?" my answer would be yes.
Here are other results I got from other kids: Three out of five kids said yes they like the bus. Two said you get to talk to your friends, and one said her bus driver is very nice to her. The kids that said, "No," said the bus was cramped (2 per seat), it had too many people, and the bus is always loud. All the kids who liked their bus don't have crowded busses - strange isn't it?Most students like their bus driver because he handles bad people, and is very nice. However, one bus driver hardly interacts with kids.
I asked all the kids if it's fair that you have to have a signed permission slip to ride a different bus, and four out of five said, "Yes, it's fair, because some kids might go on a friend's bus without the parents knowing. One girl, Holly Goddard, differed. She said, "No, if you can trust 8 th graders, you can trust anyone." She thinks 7th and 8th graders can be trusted, but she was outnumbered.
As previously shown, busses have more facts and opinions, pros and cons, than you'd ever think. There's a lot of information, and you'll certainly be 80 years old by the time you finish learning about school busses. If you want to learn more about busses, go to: Yahoo!Answers.com for the most information.
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