|My school is a two-building campus. I wish the picture showed what|
it looks like when all the buses and cars are lined up for arrival or dismissal.
I Hate Bus Duty
I work in one of the larger elementary schools in the state of Michigan. We have approximately 1200 students grades KG through 6th. Most of the students ride the bus. Bus duty at my school is one of the most dreaded parts of our day. It consumes between 20 to 30 minutes of our day, several times per month. I have the pleasure of morning bus duty. I stand outside and cross students as they are dropped off by parents, between buses that are also dropping off children, to the front entrance of the school. I greet parents and kids with smiles and "Good morning!" or "Have a good day!" It took a few weeks, but now all the parents and most of the kids smile back with some sort of greeting. I know which kids are reluctant to leave their parents in the morning and need extra attention. I know which kids are runners and tend to bolt if I'm not holding their hand. I know which parents want me to cross their kids and which parents prefer to walk their own kids into the school. I can tell what kind of morning students have had before they ever set foot into the building. As much as I hate bus duty, and I really hate it, I have to admit that it has given me a unique insight into the lives of many of my students.