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Driver, aide use training to calm autistic student
December 3, 2010
The student became agitated due to the high volume of traffic on the freeway, broke a window in his school van and attempted to lean out and touch other vehicles. The driver and aide created a game for the student, urging him to count traffic lights until they were able to exit the freeway; they then pointed out familiar landmarks to help him keep track of his location on the drive to school.
Towns observe anniversaries of school bus tragedies
November 30, 2010
In Washington state in 1945, 15 children and their driver died when their bus plunged into a frigid lake. In British Columbia in 1960, a bus was struck by a freight train, killing 17 people on board.
Students, driver injured in tornado-related bus accident
November 30, 2010
Winds resulting from a tornado that hit an Illinois community on Monday flips a district's school bus; the driver and five students suffer various injuries. A district spokesperson says letters containing details of the incident were delivered to parents at the hospitals where their children were taken.
Change to bus inspection program draws mixed response
November 29, 2010
The Michigan State Police will soon perform intermittent inspections of some school districts' buses, rather than annual inspections of all districts’ buses. Some feel this will enable inspectors to focus on districts that have a history of violations, while others believe this will reduce children's safety as they travel to and from school.
Man arrested for entering high school with loaded gun
November 23, 2010
Dominique Williams, a former student, arrived at the Indiana school last Friday on one of the district’s buses. An investigation is underway on why Williams went to the school with a gun.
Student frees bus driver from seat belt following accident
November 23, 2010
After his school bus flips over on a muddy road, Alex Waddick follows driver Phil Piggott's instructions and cuts him from his seat belt with a knife. Piggot, Waddick and the other students on board then exit the bus through its emergency roof hatch.
Truck-bus near-collisions prompt installation of cameras
November 23, 2010
The mountainous roads and foggy conditions in a Pennsylvania village have created a dangerous situation between truck drivers and school bus operators. Cameras have been installed on a district's bus; if they capture more incidents where trucks nearly collide with the bus, the program will be expanded.
Student saved from serious injury in illegal bus passing incident
November 22, 2010
Dustin Wulf honks his bus’ horn after he sees that a car is going to pass the stopped bus and is approaching too fast. The horn alerts 7-year-old Stalena Whitehead, who is able to step back before being grazed by the car as it slides around a corner.
Man pleads not guilty to charges stemming from bus crash
November 18, 2010
Joseph Anthony Garcia faces eight counts of assault with a deadly weapon for ramming the bus head-on in an apparent suicide attempt last month. The judge presiding over the case appoints a public defender to represent Garcia and sets a felony settlement conference for Nov. 30.
Student arrested after bringing box cutter on school bus
November 18, 2010
The student told authorities that she was planning to confront a 12-year-old girl with the box cutter. She has been charged with possession of a weapon in a school zone and making terroristic threats.
District approves fingerprint scan pilot program for buses
November 17, 2010
Desert Sands Unified School District in La Quinta, Calif., will install the fingerprint scanning system for students on six school buses. The system will provide real-time information as to which students are riding the buses, and to what locations.
Man charged for pulling gun on bus driver
November 16, 2010
On Monday, the bus driver and Blake Gracie, who was driving a jeep, came to a stop at a red light after the bus driver may have inadvertently cut in front of the jeep in traffic. The two flashed obscene gestures at one another, and then Gracie exited the jeep and pointed a rifle at the bus driver.
NAPT names poster contest winners
November 16, 2010
The theme of this year’s contest was “Be Aware — Know the Danger Zone!” German Salazar of Oviedo, Fla., placed first in Division III and was the overall winner of the contest.
Bus driver resigns after being caught texting
November 16, 2010
School district officials review footage from cameras inside Connie Hankins’ bus after receiving an anonymous call that she was sending text messages while driving. The footage showed Hankins texting on three occasions; on two of those occasions, students were on the bus.
Last call for school bus heroes
November 11, 2010
New feature in SCHOOL BUS FLEET will profile people in pupil transportation who have saved a life or performed some other heroic act. The deadline for nominations is this Friday, Nov. 12.
10 More Ways to Bolster Safety
November 11, 2010

Pupil transportation officials share tips on bus stop safety, pre-trip inspections, emergency communications and more in this sequel to the August issue feature.

Report: Bus driver acted ‘responsibly’ at railway crossing
November 9, 2010
A police investigation reveals that during the incident in Milton, Ontario, the bus driver looked and listened for train traffic, then started moving the bus forward. Signals began to alert the arrival of a train, so the driver stopped immediately. A Canadian Pacific Railway employee who witnessed the incident confirmed that the bus was several meters away from the used service tracks and no one was in any danger.
Parents to sign student bus behavior contracts
November 8, 2010
Officials at an Ohio school district are combating inappropriate bus behavior by introducing a contract that must be signed by parents in order for their children to ride the bus. The contract will inform parents of undesirable bus conduct, including fighting, yelling, eating and drinking.
Students bused after defects found in pedestrian overpass
November 4, 2010
The bridge is removed following a "sudden structural failure." The local school district will shuttle about 100 elementary students across the four-lane street to ensure their safety while the overpass is closed.
Bullying is unacceptable
November 4, 2010

In the wake of a highly publicized incident on a school bus in September, the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) issued a white paper on bullying. It is excerpted here.

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