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Wolf Creek bus drivers receive proactive student-focused professional development

Bus drivers in Wolf Creek Public Schools have been given more insight into the social and emotional needs of students. The professional development was part of a training session on Nov. 24, focused on key themes from the SIVA (Supporting Individuals through Valued Attachments) program. The training emphasized the importance of equipping staff who work closely with students with the necessary tools to address their social and emotional needs.

SIVA's goal is to create a safe, respectful, and healthy environment through effective communication and the establishment of trusted relationships. The training provided bus drivers with proactive tools and practical knowledge, underlining the significance of consistency and predictability in interactions, and the impact of proactive and supportive approaches.

"The SIVA training for our bus drivers was an essential step towards enhancing our student support system," said Betty Clark, WCPS Transportation Manager. 

"We've seen a tremendously positive response from the drivers. This training isn't just about safety; it's about creating a supportive and understanding environment for every student who steps onto our buses. It's heartwarming to see our drivers embrace this role with such enthusiasm and dedication."

The program also highlighted the role of bus drivers as key figures in students' lives. They're not just responsible for the physical safety of students during transit but also play a crucial role in maintaining their emotional well-being. By emphasizing the importance of holistic safety – which includes psychological, social-emotional, physical, and spiritual aspects – they enhanced the ability of drivers to understand and support the diverse needs of students.

This initiative aligns with WCPS's commitment to ensuring the well-being of its students, acknowledging that every staff member plays a vital role in creating a supportive and nurturing environment. 

 "The SIVA training exemplifies our Division's commitment to fostering a holistic educational environment. It's crucial that all staff, especially those in direct contact with students, have the awareness and perspective to support the diverse needs of our students,” said Tim De Ruyck, WCPS Superintendent.

“This training ensures that our staff are not just equipped with theoretical knowledge, but also practical skills to make a real difference in our students’ lives. We are deeply committed to continual professional development in this area, reflecting our dedication to the well-being of every student in our care."

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