School bus driver wages

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School bus driving is a thankless job. We are babysitters, bus drivers, safety patrollers. 

Bus drivers are hard to find and hard to keep. Why? Low pay, 4-5 hours a day, no unemployment, 2 snow days per season. Summers off. Along with any day that we have off whether it be from holidays, school threats, parent teacher meetings, exams. 

We take care of each child, making sure they get home safely each night, school doesn’t stop when the bell rings, no it stops when we open our doors to let the kids out to their homes. We don’t get help, we juggle alot on the bus and aren’t compensated for it. Safety is a big issue also. Whether on the bus or making sure people stop for our stop lights at stops. It’s only fair to get paid for the days that we aren’t working because of unexpected days off or unemployment. We are the ones that start the process of learning by bringing them to school safely. We teach them manners and how to behave on a daily basis. 

Most people can’t handle our job or the job, that’s why it’s difficult to keep school bus driver jobs. It’s difficult making ends meet when you aren’t sure if you will be working a full week. We aren’t paid for spring breaks, christmas breaks, etc. It’s only fair to pay us for these times. I love my job and the interactions with kids every day, but it’s difficult making ends meet when you don’t get paid for unexpected days off. This petition is for getting those days paid. Afterall your children are our children for part of the day like teachers. 

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