Behavior Program Launched After Student Fell Out of a Pennsylvania School Bus

Interior of a school bus.
Photo by David George.

The Aliquippa, Pennsylvania school board has announced a new positive behavior program to use on school buses that are carrying elementary students, with plans to be implemented about a week after a 5-year-old fell out of a school bus, reported The Times.

The program, which is called “Quips Being Good,” encourages positive behavior on the school bus. These include respecting the bus driver and staying seated while the bus is in motion. Students who use this behavior will reportedly receive a contest card that will be part of a lottery system.

The program also creates a battle of the buses, for a bus of the week or bus of the month award. For example, if something bad happens on the bus, that bus might not be eligible.

The program started on Nov. 8, about a week and a half after a 5-year-old student fell off an Aliquippa school bus. A local news report on CBS from Nov. 8 indicated a child was supposedly leaning on the door and another child pulled the door level. The child suffered injuries to his face.

The incident reportedly did not trigger the positive behavior program—only that is was coincidental timing. No policies or procedures have been changed at this writing, according to the TV report.


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