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Peaceful School Bus

The Peaceful School Bus Program is a whole-school program designed to decrease inappropriate behavior on school buses while creating a climate of respect and cooperation. Mrs. Jones, Ast. Principal and Ms. D’Olio, guidance counselor, take the primary responsibility of educating and training students in the program so students can, in turn, act responsibly on school buses when staff members are not present.

The Peaceful School Bus Program is neither a discipline program, nor is it training for school bus drivers. The program aims to change the social dynamics on the school bus by building strong, positive relationships among students (and the bus driver) and teaching students to take responsibility for their "bus route group" and what happens on the bus.

The program also works in concert with the district wide anti-bullying program Olweus, by teaching students about bullying and their role in preventing it. The program achieves its goals by involving teachers, administrators, and bus drivers in leading cooperative/ interactive lessons with each bus route group within the school building three times each year. The program also builds a stronger connection between the school bus drivers and school staff members.

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