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Pepper spray on school bus disrupts trip to volcano
May 21, 2014
The bus was en route to Washington's Mount St. Helens. After a student discharged pepper spray, the bus driver began to have trouble breathing but was able to pull over safely "before she became overwhelmed," according to the Washington State Patrol.
Bus driver arranges farm field trip for student
May 20, 2014
When Lisa Teepen learned that a student on her bus route had missed a kindergarten field trip to a farm, she got permission from the student’s family and the school administration for him to join another kindergarten class's trip to the farm. Teepen was scheduled to drive that group the following day and wanted to be sure the student did not miss out on the experience.
District expects activity buses to save $4,000 per trip
May 13, 2014
Southern California's William S. Hart Union High School District specs the Blue Bird Type D buses to turn them into activity buses, outfitting them with coach-style seating, overhead open storage compartments and ducted air-conditioning systems. Director of Transportation Richard Varner estimates that using these buses will cost around $2,000 per trip on the longest trips, compared to $6,000 for a charter bus.
Lawrence training scholarships, Bluth field trip grant available
June 11, 2013
Peter and Linda Lawrence have again endowed four scholarships that will help four bus driver trainers or front line supervisors attend the National Association for Pupil Transportation Summit this year in Grand Rapids, Mich., by covering the cost of registration fees. Dr. Linda Bluth and her partner, Betsy Eisman, endowed their annual $500 grant to help association members provide an enhanced learning experience for students.
Scholarships offered for NAPT conference, field trips
June 5, 2012
The scholarships from Peter Lawrence, director of transportation for Fairport (N.Y.) Central School District, Zonar Systems and National Association for Pupil Transportation Past President Dr. Linda Bluth are available through the association.
When they don't go yellow
May 29, 2012

As a school transportation director, you may not be able to mandate that school buses be used for activity trips, but you can help ensure that safe motorcoach carriers are selected.

NASDPTS to create model pre-trip evacuation briefing
May 10, 2012
The action is part of the state pupil transportation directors’ response to a National Transportation Safety Board recommendation, which stemmed from the fatal school bus crash in Gray Summit, Mo.
New app provides safety info on bus companies
March 28, 2012
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's free SaferBus application, for iPhones and iPads, lets users review companies' safety records before booking bus trips. Those without one of the Apple devices can still access the safety database online.
Finding multiple ways to generate revenue
August 16, 2011

Bus companies and school district transportation departments are making $50,000 to more than $2 million through such efforts as inter-district service, school bus ridership fees and bus advertising. Here, officials discuss the specifics of these programs and other work that brings in extra money.

Scholarships promote learning opportunities
May 31, 2011
Several scholarships for school bus industry conferences and student field trips are available through the National Association for Pupil Transportation.
District to save $100K with new field trip initiatives
March 7, 2011
Poway (Calif.) Unified School District Director of Transportation Timothy Purvis tells SBF that the district is on track to save this much by the end of the school year through his efforts to assign regular-route bus drivers to transport students during weekday night field trips, and through the Flexible Route Driver program. Under the program, three drivers make themselves available at all times during seven-day periods to work on field trips and serve as substitute drivers.
Nonprofit organization buys buses for district
January 12, 2011
The Viking Pride Foundation spends $200,000 to purchase two new and two used buses for Winthrop (Mass.) Public Schools, which will be used for daily routes and transporting athletic teams to away games, as well as field trips. Officials say the buses will save the district’s transportation department at least $40,000 annually.
Grant offered to fund student field trips
August 26, 2010
The program, launched last year by NAPT President Linda Bluth and her partner, will give preference this year to applications that benefit homeless students in Washington and Oregon, although the award will be discretionary.
Bus crash shows need for mass casualty event recovery planning
August 18, 2010
Those plans should also cover field trips, security expert Michael Dorn writes following the fatal school bus accident in Missouri. Emergency preparedness measures include programming student, staff and chaperone information into the emergency notification system.
District reverses request for athletics transportation donations
August 3, 2010
In order to avoid canceling high school sports games, Los Angeles Unified School District will have to come up with $650,000 to make up for what was cut from the district's athletic transportation fund.
District boosts communication, efficiency with ISO program
October 28, 2009
Salem-Keizer Public Schools officials have seen increased efficiency and improved communication as a result of modeling their district after the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 9001 quality management system....
Ohio schools given $72K in field trip transportation grants
September 18, 2009
Two-hundred and forty Ohio schools received a total of $72,000 in grant funding to help defray school bus transportation costs for field trips to the Ohio Statehouse Museum.
New Brunswick targets activity trip safety
August 28, 2008
In the wake of a fatal accident on a high school basketball trip in January, officials on Tuesday unveiled recommendations to bolster activity trip safety.
Canadian association sets safety standard for activity buses
August 14, 2008
TORONTO — The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) announced the publication of a standard developed to provide voluntary requirements for activity b...
Oregon reverses motorcoach ban
February 1, 2008

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Education issued a rule allowing a permanent variance for the use of motorcoaches by schools and school distric...

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