HISD School Bus Drivers Take a Stand Against Bullying
Training and Positive Student Engagement Pave the way for a Better Ride to School
Houston Independent School District bus drivers today announced their renewed efforts to promote school bus safety by taking a stand against bullying on busses. The ongoing effort was spurred as part of school bus safety week held earlier this month.
This week, HISD school bus drivers will learn strategies for creating a positive bus climate by establishing clear expectations and understanding the importance of consistency in discipline for riders. Bus drivers will also receive tips on how to respond to bullying behavior while the bus is in motion and while the bus is stopped.
HISD busses will also be fitted with signage that makes it clear to students that bullying will not be tolerated.
HISD Transportation Project Manager Deborah Williams has a strong commitment to this project. As a driver she has witnessed, first-hand, the impact of bullying on children.
“For many children, riding the school bus is a great part of their education experience,” said Williams. “We want all HISD children to feel comfortable and safe on our school busses.”
Busses provide a small, enclosed, space where victims of bullying have little opportunity for retreat. They often have no choice but to ride the bus, making them easy and regular targets. Bullying experiences include not only physical aggression but also teasing, taunting, spreading rumors, and socially rejecting and isolating other students.
School bus drivers and students who ride busses will be encouraged to take a pledge against bullying.
The training will be for all bus drivers and attendants. Training will occur from 9:30am to 12:30pm as follows:
· Tuesday, Nov. 01: Central, 7700 Wallisville Road, 77020
· Wednesday, Nov. 02: Northwest, 6351 Pinemont, 77092
· Thursday, Nov. 03: Barnett, 6800 Fairway, 77087
· Thursday, Nov. 03: Butler, 6690 Carved Rock, 77085
The Houston Independent School District is the largest school district in Texas and the seventh-largest in the United States with 281 schools and more than 200,000 students. The 301-square-mile district is one of the largest employers in the Houston metropolitan area with nearly 30,000 employees.
For more information, visit the HISD Web site at www.houstonisd.org.