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  • KISAC MS Girls Volleyball @KISJ on February 29th - March 2nd.
  • SKAC HS Basketball Finals @GIFS/Samcheonpo Gym on February 28th.
  • Registration for Season 3 ASA from February 28th - March 4th.
  • GIDAS Dress Down Day on February 27th.
  • SKAC MS Girls Volleyball Tournament @BFS on February 26th.
  • SKAC MS Boys Volleyball Tournament @DIS on February 26th.
  • Don't forget your spirit shirts on Friday.
The Student News Site of Daegu International School

Jets Flyover

The Student News Site of Daegu International School

Jets Flyover

Don’t throw them under the bus

The women who ensure safety during student transit
Bus attendants Yong Suk Han and Jin Seon Hong stand outside to interact with the students when After School Activities ends. (Sankeeth Udayakumar)

At the end of the school day, students rush to their buses. Here, 버스 선생님들 (the rough English translation equates to bus teachers, but this concept is exclusive to Korean culture) await them with a smile and greet them while checking attendance. When the bus leaves, they ensure the safety of all students. Sadly, the school community often takes these ladies’ dedication for granted.

The specialists follow their protocols with great care. Sixth-grader Isabel Bae said, “When you ride the bus in the morning, they’ll follow you into your seat… And they’ll keep watching you to make sure you put your seatbelts on.”

Despite the commonly held belief that school buses follow extremely punctual and stringent schedules, the attendants frequently allow flexibility. When someone accidentally leaves class materials at home, the bus ladies often allow the student to take their time.

Jin Seon Hong helps Alex Yoo, a 7th grader, into the bus with a bright smile. (Sankeeth Udayakumar)

Additionally, they assist their riders with significant effort – they often help students who struggle with their heavy belongings. Bae said, “One time I had to bring a whole tuba home on the bus…and the bus lady and some other kids on the bus helped lift it.”

The attendants’ concern for the students extends to even the most trivial matters. Molly Doh in fifth grade said, “When there is a mosquito or some kind of bug, the bus attendant helps us catch the bug.” 

Jin Seon Hong helps a student carry her backpack into the bus. (Sankeeth Udayakumar)

They also handle ruckus on the bus. Yong Suk Han, a bus assistant, said, “Due to the small space, there are brawls from time to time. As a result, peers and siblings sometimes fight over seats. So, to calm them down, I persuade them to stop bickering for 5 minutes.”

Bae also shared a similar experience: “The little kids in my bus are really loud, so the bus lady always tells them to be quiet. This is because there are other people in the back of the bus who are sleeping or relaxing.” According to Han, she shushes the kids because the bus becomes a buzz of noise even if one person talks. 

Regardless of these hardships, students motivate the ladies of their profession. “When l look at kids, they look adorable and give me strength to do my job,” said Jin Seon Hong. Han also expressed the sense of reward she feels when she sees students who previously bickered help each other out with their seatbelts. 

Even with their efforts, the attendants lack authority within the school. Yun Seon Hong said, “In the school, teachers can send the student to Mrs. Cameron, but we can’t. Students can be stubborn, and because we don’t know English, it can be difficult to understand what they’re saying. Also, because they can’t understand me when I ask these students to change their behavior and Korean students translate my message to them, they don’t take me as seriously.”

The attendants face challenges in their careers, from criticism to everyday ups and downs. Still, they value the safety and happiness of the pupils first and foremost. Take a moment to consider their tender care and express your gratitude.

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About the Contributors
Daniel Beck, Writer and Graphics & Design
7th grader Daniel Beck, nicknamed as “DB”, starts his second year at DIS and the Flyover staff. As an avid reader and actor, he shows his bold side in book choices and harbors a strong passion for the Drama Club. This year, he plans to write eye-catching articles and star in drama performances for students and teachers alike.
Sankeeth Udayakumar, Photographer/Designer
Sankeeth, a sophomore in high school returns for his third year in Jets Flyover. He found himself an avid fan of comics and just found a new hobby recently. He loves photography and kicked off his brand new career. Developing his camera skills, he captures memories around the campus and sends out witty graphics from time to time. He expects this year to be a great year for the newspaper.
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    SolaDec 15, 2023 at 10:06 am

    언제나 감사합니다!

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    VoltDec 14, 2023 at 6:30 pm

    Even though I am one riding in the bus I never knew that they care us this much. However it’s so sad that there are kids who are just playing around in bus. I wish they din’t do that after reading this article.

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    Esther ChoiDec 14, 2023 at 6:23 pm

    I feel the effort of those bus teachers to keep students safe! Always thank you for the efforts!

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