Due to need to follow health and safety protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic our successful bus buddies program will not be implemented this school year. Students continue to have assigned seats but are seated only with members of their same household, and in many instances an empty seat remains between each student(s).
Bus Buddies is a program developed and implemented in 2005 in response to second grade students identifying the school bus ride to and from school as a time when many students feel unsafe. "Bus Buddies" is aimed at building multi-age alliances among students with the goal of increasing the sense of safety students feel during their time on the school bus as well as providing the opportunity for older students to become active bystanders when instances of bullying occur. Every student is assigned a specific seat as well as a "bus buddy", in most instances, a student in another grade.