I think one of the greatest things about being a school bus driver is working alongside with schools. That means being on their schedule. This includes you not having to work weekends, and even better, holidays.
Ah, yes. The schedule of a school bus driver, the split shift. To me, it’s a love/hate kind of thing.
Us school bus drivers work around the times children go to school and when school ends for the day, cuz you know, we bring them to and from school. This means we typically don’t work during the midday.
Hey! I’m actually writing this post while on a charter!
What is a charter? Kids like to call them field trips. These can also be softball games (like this one I’m on now) where I take the team to the place they play the game.
Charters are a good way to make extra money in the week aside from your regular daily school route. If it fits in your schedule, and have the time, signing up for charters is a good idea.
Lately, I’ve been picking up an extra route to increase my savings. I have been doing this one route that is only out of one school. It has 9 students, 8 stops. At first, I was a bit worried being put on a route with that many stops and not know where I am going. Luckily, I found out it was much easier that I thought.
I get to the school and await my passengers. Oh, by the way, this route has one of our brand new buses assigned to it. First time driving one of them, and it was amazing.
I was covering a shift in the afternoon one day. I had my two back seat drivers with me and we were on our way to drop our last student off at their stop.
5 minutes before I get there I hear dispatch chirp over the radio that they needed someone to cover a charter immediately. After a few minutes of silence they chirped again, repeating the message. Since I was going to be done soon, I figured since nobody was taking it, I’ll do it.
Okay, It’s not the end of the school year, yet. But since it is coming around the corner I’ve been thinking about the last day of school.
Last year I think was my most brutal year thus far. You get an attachment to the kids you’ve brought to or from school throughout the school year. Even though they may have only been on my bus for 10 minutes a day, I still enjoy seeing them and await the stories they can’t wait to tell about.
I do believe the content I write should be seen by every person who is a parent or guardian to a child who is or will be riding a school bus. When these guidelines are followed not only I, the school bus driver, will be having a fantastic day, but so will you as a parent/guardian and the child. We all like our day to run as smoothly as possible, right?
What I am here to talk about is the students stop time. This is the time transportation gives you that says this is when the school bus will be at the stop to pick up the student.
This is one of the most frustrating things to deal with as a school bus driver: when a student is late to their stop. Normally, it is what it is and if the student is late, they miss the bus.
Hey! You stuck around to read another one of my posts, and I thank you for that!
Here is Part 2 of You Could Be A School Bus Driver.
This being the first post of Confessions of a School Bus Driver, I feel it only necessary to tell you that it is really easy to be a school bus driver.
I am not trying to take away the fact that my job can be very trying at times, and I appreciate when someone says to me they appreciate me being a bus driver, and that they could never be one.