School's in session so watch the buses!

Posted 8/13/19

James Baldwin is credited with the quote, “Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them!” With local schools starting their …

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School's in session so watch the buses!


James Baldwin is credited with the quote, “Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them!” With local schools starting their back-to-school events, this is once more a very important time that we all can learn from those who have gone before us.

Traffic, congestion, time restrictions and 47 events that are waiting on us all when we get to our place of work or even back to our home.

One of these is enough for some to develop anxiety, and when you add all three together some have “the perfect storm” for some to develop an episode of “road rage.” While this is never a pathway to a good outcome, it should be common sense that this is never an acceptable action anywhere near a school, its property and the perimeter roadways!

If you have to count to one hundred, sing hymns or repeat happy thoughts in your head, please be the bigger person and never act out of anger when behind the wheel, especially when in the proximity of a school.

There is not a person alive who has been given the gift of becoming a parent who does not want the absolute best for their children. This is why professional educators and all of the professional support staff needed to make each day a success are so important to a thriving community.

On behalf of our Bradley County, city of Cleveland, each private and also each homeschool within Bradley County, I ask that we all become involved in supporting, enriching, protecting and promoting each of our learning environments.

Public education has many different perspectives as we embrace different stages in our lives. When young, we seem to think that it will never end. We get a little older and we sometimes wish that we had listened a little more.

A few more years and we are excited for our own children to participate in the learning experiences. A few more years and we watch our grandchildren entering school and we find ourselves mentioning how old some of our classmates now start to appear, while not looking into a mirror much ourselves. This process also seems to speed up considerably the further away from 25 that we get.

While we admire those who have accepted the call to teach, may we also never forget the other professionals who make each day in education successful:

• The maintenance professionals who keep everything running correctly, literally.

• The food-service professionals who cook two meals per day at most schools for  hundreds of students and staff each and every day.

• The administrative professionals who keep records of achievements and skills accomplished for credit in later endeavors.

• The law enforcement professionals who “keep the peace," secure the environment and develop a bond with each school.

• The coaching professionals who develop athletic skills in students while also encouraging a team mentality that will serve the student for the rest of their adult lives.

• The healthcare professionals who recognize and help each student with a health concern.

• The transportation professionals who pick up and deliver thousands of children of all ages each day. This heroic task is also done while navigating traffic with approximately three class loads of students who are seated, keeping their hands to themselves and quietly remaining on their best behavior. (If you believe that, I have some beach-front property in Charleston that is for sale).

While most of the students are behaving, please understand that there are more rules for a school bus driver than for you or me.

Please do not be the irritating driver who is behind a school bus blowing the horn for them to turn right on red after coming to a complete stop, as they cannot legally do this.

With very few forms of transportation being larger than a school bus, the advantage of being multiple tons in weight becomes a disadvantage when trying to accelerate safely without a green turn signal that guarantees no oncoming traffic.

And finally ... please, please, please do not EVER go around a stopped school bus, as the result could be devastating extremely quickly.

If we can remain good examples for our children, while supporting the model of excellence that is portrayed within the school walls, combined with a good dose of faith in our Creator as well as each other, Bradley County will continue to remain Tennessee at its best!


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