So…I get to school this morning after not being able to request a sub, and get a note from the district transportation office saying that on the way home Tuesday, my babies were HORRIBLE.
Apparently they were running around the bus and fighting and ignoring the driver completely. She had to pull over to the side of the road three times, to no avail.
Then I get to my room and there’s an angry grandma. Her grandson was hit and punched by “four Mexican boys” and what am I gonna do about it?! Somehow I managed to talk her down. I reassured her, and told her I, too, was appalled to hear about the behavior on the bus, and that I would take care of it. I also told her all the steps I’d be taking. (I also mentioned that I know who the likely worst culprits are, and some of them are not Hispanic, and some of them are not boys.) She left mollified, thank goodness.
Step one: write a letter to the parents describing the behavior and asking their help in teaching the children the importance of bus safety.
Step two: get the letter translated (THANK you Rita!).
Step three: ask the behavior lady to come to my class to talk about bus safety, and how riding the bus is a privilege, not a right. (She was great. The kids listened really seriously.)
Step four: send home my letter, and walk the kids to the bus, and assign each one a seat. Have them apologize to the driver (she’s new, which could be part of the problem) and go over the rules one more time.
I really hope I hear good things about the bus ride when I talk to the driver tomorrow!