As the school year draws to a close, many administrators are planning their end-of-year celebrations. If you are heading off-site for an excursion, you'll probably need to charter a bus. Here are some tips to make sure that you get your bus deposit back at the end of the day.
Heading somewhere sandy?
If you are heading to somewhere sandy like the beach or a big sand pit, then you want to try and get as much sand off before you get back on the bus. Leave a few extra minutes if you are at the beach so that you can get a teacher to guide all the kids through a rinsing shower to remove stuck sand. If you've been at the playground, get the kids to take off their shoes and tip out any excess sand that may have landed in their sneakers. It can also be a good idea to bring some soft brushes from dustpans, in case anyone needs a light brush down of their clothing. This will prevent most of the sand from getting on the bus.
Heading somewhere wet?
The hot summer weather means water parks and swimming pools are a great option for end-of-year school celebrations. Make sure to let the charter bus company know you are heading to the pool so that they can provide you with a bus that has plastic and not cloth-covered seating. You should also make sure the kids have a change of underwear to get back into after swimming as well as a towel to sit on to limit the dampness on the seats.
Heading somewhere exciting?
The party atmosphere and excitement of the last day of school can get hearts fluttering, but can also set stomachs churning. Make sure to limit the amount of food that kids eat just before they get on the bus by planning the trip back to school to be a few hours after lunch. You should also ask parents not to let their kids bring extra lollies as kids travelling with an overfull stomach can be more prone to getting motion sick on the bus. If you do know that some of the children are prone to motion sickness, then you should sit them closer to the front of the bus so they can see out the window, as this can help to calm the stomach.
Good luck planning your end-of-year excursion. By following these simple travel tips the excursion should be a huge success and everyone will have a great time.