The Secret World Of School Bus Drivers

A school bus driver is the first person parents trust with keeping their students safe in the morning. Carrying such precious cargo is a lot of responsibility, and school bus drivers are always more than up for the task. But have you ever wondered what life is like for them? How do they organize the kids during the drive? What do they do when school is in session? How much do they work during the summer when school is out of session? These are the secrets of school bus drivers that no one was telling you until now!

Assigned Seats Can Be A Lifesaver

students on a school bus
Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Portland Portland Press Herald via Getty Images
Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Portland Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

Children can be unruly, and when you put a lot of them on a school bus, chaos can break out. To avoid this, some bus drivers will assign seats, breaking up groups that they know can cause trouble.

According to a former driver in Tennessee, “You find children work best with having assigned seats… boys on one side, girls on the other. Front seats are best left open so students causing issues or with behavior problems can be assigned to sit on the driver’s right to be better monitored.”