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This Week's #PTChat: Changes Needed on Today's School Buses

By Joe Mazza

PTChatA few days ago, the world didn't know much about who Karen Klein was. As I draft his post, this horrific video has experienced almost a million views. The vulgar, disrespectful and inhumane behavior on display by several student bus riders in the Greece Central School District in NY raises more than a few questions that need to be flushed out by parents and educators to promote solutions for all school bus riders. One of my first thoughts was, "I wonder how bad the kids at school get it if that's how they treat an adult." During this week's parent-teacher chat (#ptchat on Twitter), we'll discuss the following questions and others:

  1. What kind of behavior is expected of students on the bus (and at bus stop) toward other students and adults? Do we have the right measures in place to meet these expectations?
  2. What training should be in place for both students and staff who ride/drive school buses?
  3. How can schools, the transportation department and families work together to keep students and staff safe on a daily basis? Where do we fall short?

I've asked #ptchat's bus expert and past guest, Jim Dillon former principal and author of Hazeldon's Peaceful Bus Program to join us for this conversation. The program he designed (we implement in NPSD) supports the four rules of bullying seen in the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. Please join us on Wednesday, June 27th at 9PM EDT for this important conversation as we commit to making school buses and neighborhood bus stops a safer place for all.

New to Twitterchats? After logging on to Twitter, visit Tweetchat and simply enter "ptchat" in the box at the top. Follow along and participate as you as much as you like to join others around the world in this weekly chat. We look forward to engaging your unique and important parent and/or educator perspectives.

Posted on June 25, 2012 by Joe Mazza

Joe is an elementary principal at Knapp Elementary School in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is also a doctoral learner at the University of Pennsylvania studying technology's impact on home-school partnerships. You can follow Joe on Twitter @Joe_Mazza and participate in a weekly #PTchat (Parent-Teacher Chat) he hosts on Wednesdays at 9PM EST. He also writes a blog aimed to share innovative family engagement ideas for schools called eFACE Today. 


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