One of the toughest things from day ONE for me is making sure students know how they are getting home and then making sure it happens.
A couple of years ago, I came up with this chart.
I print it and put it in clear page protectors. You could also laminate it, but I find that several changes happen with bus numbers and student information that first week of school.
As students come in the first day, I find out their bus numbers and group students that way on this chart. Just write in the bus numbers and student names underneath.
I then use a dry-erase marker to mark off which busses and students have already been called and dismissed.
You can pick up a free copy by clicking here.
Do you have any methods for keeping this time of day going smoothly? I'd love to hear them!