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Published December 09, 2009, 10:12 AM

Change in discipline for trouble-makers on busses cuts down on write-ups

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - West Fargo schools has a new way of dealing with trouble-makers in busses. The recent changes are not only cutting down on the number of kids acting up, it’s also saving time for the bus drivers. It may seem simple: keeping kids in their seats, quiet, and under control on the big yellow bus.

By: Stephanie Goetz, WDAY

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - West Fargo schools has a new way of dealing with trouble-makers in busses. The recent changes are not only cutting down on the number of kids acting up, it’s also saving time for the bus drivers. It may seem simple: keeping kids in their seats, quiet, and under control on the big yellow bus.

"Some are really good, and some of them, no matter how many times you write 'em up, it don't help."

Riders used to get written up for anything from fighting to not staying in their seats.

"Before we had a one size fit all. If you had a discipline conduct on the bus, you were suspended form the bus."

Making more work for schools and the kids weren't getting the message. Now, violations are split up between low and high level offenses.

"To kids, they lose their recess it means something to them, detention means something to them."

The result, more than 220 fewer write-ups so far this year.

"We wanted to make sure the consequences for discipline matched the crime that the child committed."

Leaving bus drivers able to focus on what's important: getting these kids, home. About 800-thousand bus rides are given each school year.

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