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4 more earn NAPT's special-needs endorsement
November 6, 2013
Kenny Mulder, Katherine Oetker, Kala Henkensiefken and Diane Stewart are the latest to complete the Special Needs Transportation Training program.
SBF Special-Needs Survey: We want your input
November 6, 2013
This year’s survey includes questions on such topics as evacuation drills for special-needs students, use of non-school bus vehicles and disabilities or conditions that present the most challenges. The deadline to submit responses is Nov. 22.
Customer service and travel training in special-needs busing
November 4, 2013
Sessions during the National Association for Pupil Transportation Summit in October delved into these topics, with insight from one family’s personal experiences and strategies for attendees to take back to their operations.
New Q’Straint retractor meets WC18 standard
October 23, 2013
The QRT-360 wheelchair retractor tie-down system meets the higher-strength requirements of WC18 that take effect in December 2015. At that time, compliance with WC18 will require frontal-impact sled testing of the wheelchair tie-down system with a crash-test dummy restrained by a three-point, lap-shoulder belt with a lap belt anchored to the 187-lb. surrogate wheelchair, such that a large percentage of the wheelchair-passenger restraint forces are transmitted to the rear tie-down straps.
2 contractor managers complete special-needs program
October 9, 2013
Glenn Brooks of Student Transportation of America and Luis A. Rodriguez Vazquez of Transporte Sonnell are the latest to earn the Special Needs Transportation Training Endorsement.
Special-needs students help assemble restraints
October 7, 2013
About 60 students from a Florida school have been participating in the production of Q'Straint restraints, performing pre-assembly and packaging. The program has helped the students develop job skills and contribute to their own safety in transportation.
Teen drives school bus after fight, causing crash
October 4, 2013
While a bus driver and an aide were breaking up a fight between two special-needs students and checking on one of the students, the other student involved in the fight ran to the front of the bus and began driving it. Another bus driver noticed and drove in front of the bus to cut it off, causing both vehicles to collide.
Driver, attendant comfort students when babysitter is hurt
October 4, 2013
When Mary Bennett, a bus driver for Volusia County Schools, and her attendant, Jackie Murphy, stop to pick up two special-needs students on their route, Bennett hears the students’ babysitter in their home calling for help and sees her on the floor. After Murphy calls 911, she and Bennett help the students onto the bus, and Murphy keeps them calm until emergency response arrives.
Bus floor mock-up built for wheelchair tiedown training
September 9, 2013
The floor features retractable straps for securing a wheelchair in a bus. The supervisor of transportation for Pennsylvania’s Upper Merion Area School District conceived the idea, and Director of Operations Frederick Remelius tells SBF that it has enabled bus drivers and aides to easily practice the procedure several times in the training area instead of having to do it inside a crowded bus.
Funding cuts lead to fewer aides on district’s buses
September 6, 2013
Alpine School District in American Fork, Utah, faced a 5% cut in federal funding for special education due to sequestration, and in working to balance the needs in the classroom and on buses, the district reduced the number of aides for special-needs routes from 100 to 67.
U.S. DOE offers guidance on bullying of special-needs students
September 6, 2013
An official from the Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services blogs on the topic, writing that “IEPs, as well as 504 plans, can be useful in outlining specialized approaches for preventing and responding to bullying, as well as providing additional supports and services to students with disabilities.” Resources with tips are also offered in the post.
Driver, driver trainer complete special-needs program
August 15, 2013
Dale Gorham, lead driver for Stafford County (Va.) Public Schools, and Regina Hancock, driver trainer for Lee’s Summit (Mo.) R-7 School District, earn the Special Needs Transportation Training Endorsement.
Police seek man in ‘road rage’ around school bus
August 6, 2013
A Connecticut woman was buckling her 5-year-old daughter with special needs into her car seat on a school bus when a man exited his car and confronted the bus driver. Authorities say that the man yelled about being delayed and “got into the bus driver’s face.” The same suspect is being sought in a similar “road rage” incident that also involved a special-needs child.
Provider Enterprises sees many benefits from using GPS
August 2, 2013
The New Hampshire company transports about 1,800 special-needs students daily and has been using Navman Wireless’ technology since 2005. CEO Garrett Scholes tells SBF that it has helped to improve driver management, verify drivers’ timecards and verify drivers’ whereabouts in the event of a parental dispute.
3 earn special-needs endorsement
July 25, 2013
Randy Williams of California, Adam Schwartz of Missouri and Catherine Staggs of Alabama are the latest to complete NAPT's Special Needs Transportation Training program.
Why transporters and educators should work together
July 16, 2013

The No. 1 win is for students with disabilities, who through this collaboration will get the most appropriate transportation service in a high-quality, efficient and safe way.

2nd edition of special-needs safety guide available
July 11, 2013
The School Bus Safety Handbook: Choosing and Using Child Safety Restraint Systems and Wheelchairs from Safe Ride News Publications is an updated and expanded edition of its 2009 publication. Officials say it is designed for people at all levels within the pupil transportation industry, and it includes information on school bus features that affect the installation of child safety restraint systems and how to determine the best type of restraint system, among other topics.
Q’Straint to sponsor wheelchair marathons
July 11, 2013
The company will outfit three racers’ wheelchairs with backpacks and provide promotional materials for the rehabilitation centers where the trio visit at each race location during the 50 Ability Marathons. Racers Paul Erway, Grant Berthiaume and Aaron Roux are attempting to compete in 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 weeks to raise money for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.
Aide arrested, charged for allegedly leaving boy on bus
June 27, 2013
Quiana Greene is charged with second-degree cruelty to a child, for which she pleads not guilty. She tells investigators that a school staff member who boarded the bus never called out the child’s name to indicate that he needed to disembark, and Greene assumed the bus was empty.
Durham driver saves special-needs student
June 27, 2013
Linda Wilson of the contractor’s McKinney, Texas, facility resuscitates the child on her bus who had stopped breathing by performing CPR, and she is recognized for her life-saving actions. In other news, in August, Durham will sponsor and employees will participate in the Eighth Annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby, a fundraiser that benefits Special Olympics Illinois.

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