Finn-Woodward Bus Monitors: Sign up for a shift

by beth on August 20, 2013

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Do you have a Kindergartener scared about getting on the bus the first day? Does your 1st-3rd grader gets nervous the first week of school. Or maybe you’re the one nervous about putting your child on the bus.

Volunteering as Bus Monitor can help.

The first three days of school, volunteers monitor the Finn-Woodward bus route.

Most of the routes still need volunteers, and some don’t have any yet. (Buses 6 & 11 are all set.)

Monitors only need to commit to one trip. (Though you can take as many as are available.)

Even if your child is rearing to go, consider taking a shift.

Having monitors on the bus the first few days is important for the safety of our young students. Volunteers help children establish safe patterns for the school year.

Monitors ensure that children:

  • Settle in quickly and buckle up (with a lap belt and clasp that many are unfamiliar with)
  • Sit in the right area of the bus (3rd graders in back and Kindergartners close to the driver)
  • Get off the appropriate stops

So, what’s involved?

  • Morning bus monitors will be asked to arrive at Neary School at 7:45 am.
  • At 2:45 pm, afternoon bus monitors will report to Finn for North side routes and Woodward for South side routes
  • 1/2 day Kindergarten bus monitors should report to Finn at 11:20.
  • Parents with younger siblings can bring them – BUT – they need to be at least 1 year old, anyone under 5 needs their own car seat or booster, and parents need to sign and submit a waiver.

Don’t know your bus #?
You can click here to see the preliminary routes. (This is just to identify your bus #, not the final routes.)

To volunteer for a shift, e-mail ninaday@hotmail.com.

(Above: Anna McCarthy, presumably buckled in under Bus Monitor supervision, heads off to Kindergarten. Photo submitted.)

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