• On Wednesday, March 25, State Superintendent of Education Dr. Karen Salmon announced that all Maryland public schools will remain closed through Friday, April 24.
    Picking up meals, digital devices and instructional materials for distance learning is permitted under Gov. Hogan's stay-at-home order (Sect IIb(iv)).

    El miércoles, 25 de marzo, la superintendente de educación del estado, la Dra. Karen Salmon, anunció que todas las escuelas públicas en el estado de Maryland estarán cerradas hasta el viernes, 24 de abril.
    Recoger las comidas, los dispositivos digitales y los materiales de instrucción a distancia están permitidos bajo la orden de quedarse en casa que decretó el gobernador Hogan (Sect IIb(iv)).
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More than a Driver: What a 30-Year School Bus Driver Wants You to Know

More than a Driver: What a 30-Year School Bus Driver Wants You to Know

  • Inside PGCPS |
  • Team PGCPS |
  • October 22, 2018

For Pat Bell, working as a school bus driver afforded her the flexibility she needed to be both a working mom and involved parent when her children were young.

Fast forward 30 years and the job has become her way of giving back to the community.

The greatest benefit: student smiles.

“Parents depend on us to get their children to and from school. It’s a job of great responsibility,” Bell said. “How you react to a child who steps on your bus matters. Just a smile or a ‘good morning’ can change the course of their entire day. When parents see that their child is in good hands, it puts them at ease.”

During her three-decade tenure with PGCPS, Pat has driven routes as far as Baltimore and safely transported countless students. Her advice to anyone considering the job: be willing to treat every child as your own.

“I want our community to know we are very committed to our job as drivers,” she said. “We are under pressure as we manage traffic and the outside world. We’re not just drivers. We are traffic advisors, babysitters, mediators, counselors, safety officers and most of all, moms and dads. We are people with a purpose.”

For School Bus Safety Week, we are recognizing the PGCPS transportation team for their role in student safety.