Bus attendants must have a great deal of patience to work with children of all ages, as they are responsible for the safe transportation of everyone riding on a bus. Not only do bus attendants work on the bus itself, but some may also ensure the safety of children when crossing the street and help them load and unload items onto the bus.
Bus attendants travel on various buses within a school district to ensure that the children follow the rules intermediately, such as keeping hands and legs out of the aisle, keeping hands inside the windows, and behaving appropriately. They should be able to intervene if children are not behaving appropriately and call their parents to pick them up at a designated location. They must be able to solve problems quickly and prevent emotional or physical harm on the bus, and also assist in communication between homes and schools and help maintain a clean and healthy bus.
This position requires a great deal of knowledge of safety regulations and what is expected of bus safety within a school system. The hours can vary, but most work during regular school and business hours. They work both indoors on the bus and outdoors to help children cross streets, and they may work with various bus drivers throughout the week as well as with parents and other school officials within the district. A high school diploma and several years of experience working with children are generally required for this position.