The number one priority of school bus drivers is to safely transport children to and from school. Not only is this a very important job, it is also very difficult. While drivers have to give their primary attention to the road, they are also expected to maintain discipline on the buses.
There are up to 60 children on each bus, often sitting behind tall seats so the driver can barely see them when making occasional glances into the rear-view mirror. Without the cooperation of the students and the support of the parents and the school administrators, it just is not possible for drivers to meet all the expectations of their job.
We have in the past considered a zero tolerance policy for discipline, meaning that a driver could suspend a student immediately for one day. Parents would then have to transport the student to school.
We have instead opted for a system of write-ups where a student is not suspended from the bus until the third write-up. This gives the parents an opportunity to work with their children to help them learn from their mistakes and modify their behavior so they not have to be suspended from the bus.
Compare the job of a bus driver to that of a teacher. Bus drivers have three times as many students as most classrooms and they have their backs to the class. They cannot see and react to every situation. The drivers need your support.
Please talk to your kids about school bus behavior. The most effective discipline plans start in the home. Help the drivers and the administrators develop a system that makes student transportation safe for all. Remember, our number one goal is safe transportation for our children.
If you have school bus concerns or questions, please contact the CCA transportation director at 319-530-4456.
Please be aware that many of our buses are at capacity on most school days. Because of the limited space available, we are requesting your assistance to help us plan for necessary transportation of students. If your child(ren) would like to accompany another student to or from school on a bus other than their regular route, please request a pass from the school office at least one day in advance. This will allow us the opportunity to make adjustments to accommodate the request or to inform you in a timely manner when we are unable to accommodate the request.
When road conditions require it, buses will run on hard surface routes only. To find out your exact bus time and location for hard surface routes, please contact the attendance center (after 6:30am) or your bus driver.