Thank a bus driver

There has been a lot of discussion recently on these pages regarding bus drivers with the Coweta County School System.

One driver apparently called one of his student riders a brat. There’s apparently a video of the incident. The driver was rude. No, the kid was. They all act like brats; it was just one kid, most are great.

Bus drivers haven’t had a raise in years and deserve one. They don’t make enough. They should be thankful they have a job. If they don’t like it, go do something else.

Back and forth, back and forth. Nothing gets resolved.

Recently, we ran a Letter to the Editor from a bus driver. He wrote about how he loved his kids, his job. Another interesting fact he pointed out was that bus drivers are the first people students see in the morning representing the school system. And they are the last ones students see at the end of the day.

The primary job of a bus driver is to maneuver an incredibly expensive vehicle through various neighborhoods, picking up their students right and left and delivering them to school. Then they reverse that in the afternoon.

And they do it day in and day out. In brief, their job is to get your kids to school safely, and bring them back to you at the end of the day — again, safely. We seem to forget that sometimes in debates over rude drivers, rude kids or whatever.

Maybe the kid was a brat. Maybe the driver was rude. Or is the more important question —are the kids safe?

Two county bus drivers recently were honored by the school board for their commitment to ensuring their responsibilities — read students — were safe.

Jill Jackson’s bus was approached by an unknown male who asked for a child by name and claimed to be a relative. Jackson refused to allow the man to get the student. It turned out the man was looking for another child and was at the wrong stop.

Pam Perry was driving her bus when a student came up and indicated she was choking. Perry stopped the bus and performed the Heimlich maneuver and waited with the child until Coweta EMS arrived.

They did their job; they protected their charges and got them home. The same thing bus drivers all over the county do day in and day out with little recognition.

Maybe it’s time to change that. It is said you can tell more about a person by how they handle and spend their money. So, with the holidays approaching, why not start your own tradition of thanking your kid’s bus driver for a job well done. A monetary gift, whatever the denomination, speaks volumes.

After all, it is your child’s safety we’re talking about.



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