RIGHT Up Program Rewards Good Bus Behavior

RIGHT Up Program Rewards Good Bus Behavior
Posted on 02/13/2020
Student and teacher with stuffed animalResearch shows that rewarding good behavior is an effective way to influence students to make smart decisions and do the right thing. With this research in mind, the Green Bay Area Public School District Transportation Department developed the “RIGHT Up” program, which rewards students for positive behavior on the school bus. 

Often, students are only recognized for poor behavior on the school bus, and disciplined accordingly. The RIGHT Up program takes a different approach, attempting to stop negative behavior on the bus before it starts. To implement the program, bus drivers were given slips of paper with desirable behaviors listed in the following categories:

*Be Responsible
*Use Manners
*Stay Safe

Students are recognized for behaviors including sharing seats and being kind to others, entering the bus in a single file line, using appropriate voice level, keeping their bus area clean, etc. When drivers notice positive behavior from a student, they are encouraged to fill out the slip of paper as a “RIGHT Up” and record the interaction. Students are then entered into a drawing to win a stuffed animal. 

The District is grateful to the local businesses who have partnered with us to make this program possible. PetSmart in Green Bay donated nearly 400 stuffed animals, and local restaurants donated coupons that drivers can give to students. Cellcom has also donated headphones for incentives that will allow for the expansion of the program to secondary routes.

“The RIGHT Up program is an excellent way to encourage positive and safe behavior on the school bus,” said Transportation Manager Jeremy Wildenberg. “I’m proud of our drivers for getting on board with this initiative and recognizing the value in rewarding our kids for smart choices, instead of focusing on the negative.”
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