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Bad behaviour on school bus, now it’s cancelled

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Autumnfalling Sun 22-Oct-17 09:24:58

How am I supposed to get DD to school?!

There’s been trouble all term with the year 7s pushing the button for the whole journey over and over. Year 7 say it isn’t them, rest of the bus says it is. DD has been getting home nearly an hr late as bus has been turning around and going back to school every time a kid does it. Teachers have been on the bus and repeatedly told them the bus will be cancelled if they carry on.

Text from school this morning that the bus has now been cancelled and DC will have to make their own way to school for the foreseeable future.

It’s a contract bus as we are rural and school is 7 miles away. Public bus doesn’t run that way. I go the other way for work and dropping DC at primary 12 miles in the other direction. Can’t afford a taxi and no paths for DD to cycle.

Surely there is a solution other than cancelling the bloody bus?!

poppl Sun 22-Oct-17 09:26:03

What solution would you have liked?

hesterton Sun 22-Oct-17 09:26:26

Is it a state school?

Autumnfalling Sun 22-Oct-17 09:26:40

Should add that burly year 11s threatened the bottom of the bus to bloody stop it. It stopped for a few days and then started again. Year 11s on the top of the bus so year 7s doing it when they aren’t looking.

Autumnfalling Sun 22-Oct-17 09:27:54

State school yes.

Soloution: bus escort to find out who’s doing it? Ask the prefects to sit at the bottom of the bus and control the year 7s? Ban the year 7s from the bus?

woodpecker2 Sun 22-Oct-17 09:28:01

Could they have disconnected the bell, that would have put a stop to it pretty quick.

W0rriedMum Sun 22-Oct-17 09:28:29

How about a parent rota for policing the bus? The parents knew it was an issue and yet some kids continued to do it. Were parents not warning their own children?

RainbowPastel Sun 22-Oct-17 09:28:44

Can you group together with other parents and organise a taxi or minibus?

hesterton Sun 22-Oct-17 09:29:06

I guess you have to have an emergency handle thing.

But transport must be provided according to this.

www.gov.uk/free-school-transport

Autumnfalling Sun 22-Oct-17 09:29:48

Hadn’t even thought about disconnecting the bell! Presume the bus is used outside school hours?

poppl Sun 22-Oct-17 09:30:23

You said the teachers have already been escorting the bus and it hadn’t made much difference.

The school sound like they’ve tried a lot of different things before coming to this result.

laketaupo Sun 22-Oct-17 09:30:41

Are kids really that obnoxious these days ? I would never have dared to do that especially after being told off a million times !

QueenofLouisiana Sun 22-Oct-17 09:31:35

Can you get together with s group of parents and charter a minibus? The school might help you organise it. When our village did that, it actually worked out cheaper than the county service.

hesterton Sun 22-Oct-17 09:32:24

Someone needs to find out who is doing it and get them off the bus. You can't punish everyone.

poppl Sun 22-Oct-17 09:32:38

If it’s a whole group of kids doing it it’s almost impossible to police. The rest of the kids say it’s the year 7s but you can’t ban a whole year group on the say so of the other kids, plus it may not be the whole of the year 7 kids.

I don’t see what else you can do except stop it for everyone.

W0rriedMum Sun 22-Oct-17 09:32:53

The fact teachers couldn't sort this out stood out for me. It's now down to the parents to step up either by organising their own transport or sitting in turn on the bus.

PanelChair Sun 22-Oct-17 09:34:17

Get in touch with the LEA and point out that (as I gather from your first post) you qualify for school transport on the basis of distance. If they've decided not to provide that transport in the shape of a bus, they need to provide it by taxi or other means. The prospect of having to run a fleet of taxis will almost certainly prompt the LEA to find a better way of controlling behaviour on the bus.

poppl Sun 22-Oct-17 09:34:24

Someone who though Hesterton? Presumably having a teacher on the bus stopped it whilst the teacher was there, but then it started up again.

Parents aren’t going to want to /aren’t available to police the bus and you can’t ask teachers every day.

I presume anyway that it’s not the school that has stopped the service, it’s the bus company.

Autumnfalling Sun 22-Oct-17 09:34:36

We don’t pay for the bus service as school is over 3 miles away.

We haven’t heard anything from the other than a school wide letter about bus behaviour. Teachers haven’t been escorting the bus they got on the bus when it returned to school and bawled out the kids (fair enough) and then sent the bus back out.

prettywhiteguitar Sun 22-Oct-17 09:35:08

We had this with the college bus when I returned to education, a lecture to the students about behaviour sorted it out. The teachers have tried that and they carried on ! Of course the bus company is going to refuse to do it. If they are so badly behaved why should they put a bus service on.

claraschu Sun 22-Oct-17 09:35:47

I don't really understand, but I am not from the UK, so might not know what this button is. Wouldn't that just be an annoying noise every so often, which, presumably kids would eventually get tired of doing if it were ignored?

Obviously it is very rude and irritating, but not a reason to turn the bus around or cancel it, I would have thought. Why is it such a big deal?

poppl Sun 22-Oct-17 09:35:58

I imagine the bus company have got thoroughly pissed off and refused to take the kids. The LEA will simply have to get another bus company. So there might be a hiatus but eventually the service will return.

The kids sound like toe rags.

Autumnfalling Sun 22-Oct-17 09:37:03

Yes bus company has stopped the bus not the school. From the wording I don’t think it’s long term, hopefully they are just showing the kids they are serious about it.

Year 11 kids did sit downstairs for a bit and have been shouting at year 7s but it’s not just one and they do it when nobody is looking. Bus is packed so not easy to tell

VivaLeBeaver Sun 22-Oct-17 09:37:13

I thought legally they have to provide transport if over 3 miles. If this happened to me i wouldnt be able to take dd to school as i start work at 7am and dh leaves the house at 6:30. I would just tell them i have no way of getting the dc there and ask the school what they propose to do about it. Let them sort it out and dc dont go to school till they do. If they have kids missing school due to school failing their legal responsibilities they will soon sort it out. If you drive your dc they will let you for ever more. Contact the council , education dept and your mp

RaindropsAndSparkles Sun 22-Oct-17 09:38:41

The drivers have refused to do it clearly. Foreseeable future to me reads as while alternative arrangements are made.

Why haven't the miscreants been banned? Reads to me like the behaviour has been far more endemic than just the year 7s.

Smaller buses with a security or old fashioned conductor presence will cost more. Are parents prepared to contribute. Can you get together with families near you to pay for a mini bus? Can you sort a car Rota.

Is there an alternative school? TBH if that one is so rough the bus has been stopped I wouldn't want my child there.

Perhaps parents have to take some consequences for the behaviour of their children and this is one of those times.

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