Not many drivers have been around long enough to see the 2-way radios installed in school buses, but Joyce Bernard has. With 46 years of school bus service under her belt she has witnessed a lot and can attest to the improvement of school bus safety. Bernard started driving to be closer to her children and when she found out the job was not a part time-commitment she dove right in and has been dedicated since.
Most students’ first morning experience is the bus ride. That means that the first person they see is a school bus driver. Drivers can make that first day special and add a little “umff” to a child’s step just by giving them a warm and reassuring first greeting! A bond between a driver and a student can be one of the stronger relationships they have during their elementary school years, since the driver is one potential constant during the entire time spanned.