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Va. DOE reviews district’s special-needs training procedures
November 7, 2011
The announcement comes after a $20 million suit was filed against the Bedford County school system over alleged beatings transportation aides administered to a severely autistic student in 2009. The incident was reportedly captured on the bus’ surveillance camera.
N.J. bill would mandate background checks for bus aides
November 1, 2011
Assemblywoman Connie Wagner is pushing legislation that would augment criminal background check requirements for school bus personnel to include all adults given responsibility for the safety of schoolchildren, which she said would close a loophole that left out bus aides. The measure also would enhance penalties against any employee found tampering with a school bus' onboard monitoring device.
District: Student’s fall from bus ‘could have been avoided’
July 29, 2011
Officials arrive at this conclusion following an investigation of a June incident in which a special-needs student jumped from the rear exit of the moving bus and fell onto a freeway. A district spokesman says the driver and aide did not adhere to district policy — the aide, for instance, was sitting at the front of the bus instead of in the middle to monitor students.
Driver, aide arrested for leaving special-needs student on bus
May 2, 2011
Police say the women discovered the child when they returned for their afternoon route and tried to cover up the incident. They are are charged with child neglect and leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle.
Rhode Island family challenges school bus monitor bill
March 3, 2011
New legislation would eliminate the state's requirement for monitors to be on all school buses for kindergartners up to fifth-graders. The Pendergasts, whose daughter was struck and killed by her own school bus in 1985, are in favor of preserving the mandate, saying that monitors help to increase student safety.
District cancels plan to lay off 88 school bus attendants
February 7, 2011
Detroit Public Schools officials decide not to proceed with the layoffs after two busloads of parents attend a state board of education meeting to complain about special-education problems in the district.
Heroes in School Transportation
January 24, 2011

In this new feature, we shine the spotlight on pupil transportation professionals from around the nation who have saved lives or performed other selfless acts. Read about how their training, dedication and quick thinking paid off.

Bus aide who kissed student did not commit crime, police say
December 9, 2010
Police conclude an investigation of alleged inappropriate behavior by aide Bobby Shrout, who was accused of kissing a student on the cheek. After conducting interviews and reviewing bus surveillance footage, authorities determine that Shrout did not commit a criminal offense.
Special-needs bus driver extinguishes fire while on route
December 3, 2010
Bus monitor Yesenia Garcia spots smoke coming from a mobile home, and driver Roseann Rios runs into the house with a fire extinguisher and douses a burning clothes dryer. After calling the fire department, Rios continues her work for the day and then buys the family who lives in the mobile home a turkey for Thanksgiving.
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.
PTSI offers course on evacuating students with disabilities
September 10, 2010
The comprehensive curriculum gives bus drivers and attendants how-to instructions on evacuations with photographs and hands-on activities. It also explains the pre-planning stages of emergency evacuation and gives participants an opportunity to create a written bus evacuation plan.
Special-needs transportation training curriculum updated
July 12, 2010
PTSI’s Transporting Students with Disabilities program has been revised for 2009 to comply with current IDEA regulations and industry standards.
Community mourns special-needs bus aide
June 4, 2010
The car of Gertrude Knowles, a longtime Palm Beach County Schools employee, went off the road and into a canal as she was driving to work in late April.
Opportunities for Stimulating Special-Needs Training Abound
February 8, 2010

Instruction in this area is important for school bus drivers and aides to successfully work with students with disabilities, and changing how the information is delivered and who delivers it helps promote trainee engagement. There are numerous resources within and outside of school districts that can enliven sessions and motivate employees.

District must increase security for special-needs students on buses
February 1, 2010
Under a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, a Tennessee school district is required to enhance the safety of students with disabilities by taking such steps as staffing monitors to assist drivers on all special-needs buses. The settlement is the result of a lawsuit stemming from episodes of peer-on-peer sexual harassment on buses operated by the district.
High school students serve as bus monitors
January 12, 2010
In a pilot program designed by a D.A.R.E. police officer, juniors and seniors will ride the school bus with elementary school students to improve safety and reduce bullying incidents.
Feds give guidance on special-needs transportation
December 7, 2009
New Q&A document from the U.S. Department of Education provides clarification on IDEA regulations for transporting students with disabilities. Topics covered include communication, mainstreaming on regular routes and climate control on buses.
Bus aide fired for misconduct
December 7, 2009
The aide, who worked for a Maryland school district, reportedly held a special-needs boy’s head out the window of his moving school bus following a discipline problem. The district’s transportation director may increase training for bus drivers and aides in light of the incident.
District runs 1 bus with aide for special-needs students
September 14, 2009
PRESCOTT, Ariz. — Prescott Unified School District officials have reconfigured bus routes in response to concerns from parents over the district gove...
Detroit Public Schools forgoes plan to cut 159 bus attendants
August 3, 2009
DETROIT — In new developments announced last week, Detroit Public Schools (DPS) will not follow through with a plan to lay off 159 special-needs bus ...

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