bus ride?

Posted on: Fri, 03/09/2007 - 3:41am
julieneaman's picture
Joined: 01/11/2004 - 09:00

I'm looking for recent info. about how you handle the bus ride to and from school for your pa kids. What accomodations do you have? What is the language in the 504 regarding the bus ride? Thanks so much! DS will start kindergarten in the Fall.


Posted on: Fri, 03/09/2007 - 11:14am
NicoleinNH's picture
Joined: 06/21/2003 - 09:00

[This message has been edited by NicoleinNH (edited June 09, 2007).]

Posted on: Fri, 03/09/2007 - 11:36am
Carefulmom's picture
Joined: 01/03/2002 - 09:00

I also did not let dd ride the bus until she was old enough to self administer and also old enough to notice crumbs and move to another seat or clean her seat without touching the crumbs. That was all probably around age 9 or 10. Amazing how there can be crumbs on a bus when food is "not allowed to be eaten".

Posted on: Fri, 03/09/2007 - 10:10pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Ryan started riding the bus in Kindergarten. However, he's been carrying an epipen in his epibelt ever since he started school as well. He has always been fairly responsible so we felt this was the way to go.
He has an assigned seat. Still the same one--first one behind the driver--and he's in 4th grade. Next year we will probably let him move to the second row.
Our situation worked out well, though, because DD#2 was in 3rd grade at the time and offered to sit with him on the bus the entire year. She could administer to him if necessary. In first grade, he did it alone. In second grade, DS#2 started Kindergarten so that is his seatmate. This is their third year sitting together (but all that togetherness is not necessarily a good thing, we know how siblings can be with each other).
Next year Ryan will be alone on the bus again as a 5th grader. It will stay that way until 7th grade when his brother starts riding his bus. After that, there will always be a sibling (older or younger) on the bus until he graduates from high school.
The bus drivers get a big, yellow folder on Ryan at the beginning of the year with info on what to do, who to call if a reaction occurs. If the bus driver is out, he calls me in the morning or lets me know if he won't be doing a run later in the week. Any time there is a sub driver, I drive Ryan to and from school. Ditto with major holidays that usually involve food. This info is stated in his 504.
Anyone who tells you there is a "No Eating on the Bus" rule and *believes* it is a fool IMO. It happens, plain and simple. Very similar to a speed limit rule--it's broken all the time. No one is supposed to be eating on Ryan's bus. One day peanut shells were found in the last seat (the bus driver swept them up and wiped down the seat), other days Reese's or Snickers wrappers were found on the floor.
In some ways I view Ryan's eczema as a positive thing. Depending on the time of year, his skin gets rashy, itchy, and scabby. He likes wearing jeans when this happens because someone told him in second grade it looked like he had chicken pox on his legs. So he's a little self conscious. Not a bad thing because long pants, long shorts, and long sleeves most of year can help prevent skin contact with the seats, thus helping to prevent a contact reaction. Living up north has its advantages with it being chilly or cold most of the school year.

Posted on: Thu, 03/15/2007 - 1:39pm
Ohio's picture
Joined: 05/23/2005 - 09:00

Our child wears his epipens in an epibelt, and sits in the first seat opposite the driver. This seat is wiped down every morning.
The drivers have been through all the epipen training. They are to radio the garage to call 911 if there is a suspected reaction.
This is all part of the 504 plan.

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