AND WE FINALLY WENT ON OUR FIELD TRIP!
My kids didn’t get to go on a Field Trip in kindergarten (I don’t know why, but it was news to me) so this was a BIG DAY for my kids, especially my kids who don’t ride the bus to school.
WE WERE EXCITED!
And as I may have
complained about mentioned before, my class this year has several special situations so I was excited but also . . . feeling some sort of anxiety about it.
The Lord is good and alleviated a lot of my stress because . . .
A. One of my teammates and I went together so I was not alone.
B. For whatever dumb reason, the bus company sent TWO buses and said the new rule is that kids can only sit TWO to a seat. So I got my own bus with my teeny tiny class of 24 students, which was really only 23 that day because one of my sweet little girls had a fever and had to stay home (poor thing). We had this GIGANTIC bus for 23 kids and 4 adults.
C. The bus had SEATBELTS!!!!
I put this picture on Instagram and the comments were SO VERY INTERESTING to me! Which is why I’m blogging about it now because I feel the need to take a survey!
I’ve been teaching for 22 years and this is the FIRST bus I’ve ever been on WITH SEATBELTS!
I teach in California and I am here to tell you, our buses do NOT have seatbelts. My bus riders THIS YEAR told me their buses do NOT have seat belts.
I’ve complained about it year after year. HELLO?! How is this SAFE? How does anyone think this is OKAY? Not to mention the new car seat laws with the new height and weight requirements which pretty much means I should be driving my OWN car whilst sitting in a CAR SEAT IN THE BACKSEAT. The new laws are STRICT people. It’s a wonder I’m allowed to have a license.
But nope. Seat belts on a school bus? Nah.
But this bus with those seat belts?! BEST THING EVER! Of course, the safety factor was a gigantic bonus, but guess what else seat belts do?
THEY KEEP THE KIDS IN THEIR SEATS!
It is AMAZING! The stress level of the bus was just no longer there for me whatsoever at all.
The kids can’t get up, swing their legs out in the aisle, turn around, get on their knees to look over the back of their seat, stand up to look over the seat in front of them, mess with the window, NOTHING!
You know what they CAN do?
SIT STILL AND FACE FORWARD.
It was LIFE CHANGING!
And I am not exaggerating! LIFE CHANGING!
I feel like they were quieter, too, but it might have been because only 23 kids were on an enormous bus and so we were spread out. I don’t know.
But here’s the deal. Here’s my survey.
When I put this on IG, several teachers said their buses have had seat belts for YEARS.
Some said their buses had a FIVE POINT HARNESS for preschool and kindergarten kids.
Others said they didn’t even KNOW that buses existed WITHOUT seat belts!
And because my bus riders ride the bus WITHOUT seatbelts STILL TO THIS DAY, I have no idea if we (California) are transitioning to seat belts and their buses just don’t have them yet, or if the company we used for our field trip is just different, or what.
I don’t know!
But I’d love to know where you teach (the state) and if your buses have seat belts or not!!
Oh, and just for the record, in case anyone asks, we went to a somewhat local place called The Sawdust Factory. The kids learned about different types of woods, saws, trees, etc AND THEN we went into a big warehouse and made Mother’s Day gifts.
We painted frames, added fun things to the frame (crowns, stars, hearts, etc), picked out buttons and bows, dried our frames with hair dryers, etc. It’s set up like Build a Bear with all the stations and it is a Type A teacher’s DREAM! Not to mention, my Mother’s Day gifts are DONE. Then we eat lunch at the park which is right around the corner and head home. Short, sweet, easy, and DONE.
PS I grew up in Texas and Oklahoma. I rode the bus to school in Oklahoma and we did NOT have seat belts, either.