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Bill would mandate special-needs training for drivers, aides
January 31, 2014
The New Jersey legislation would require the commissioner of education to develop such a program, and it would need to include, at minimum, instruction on appropriate behavior management, effective communication, use and operation of adaptive equipment, and understanding behaviors that may be related to specific disabilities.
Big changes in store for 2014 Summit
October 22, 2013
Next year’s NAPT Summit in Kansas City, Mo., will incorporate the America’s Best school bus tech/inspect event and a new competition related to special-needs transportation. Also, the schedule will be streamlined to four days — Saturday to Tuesday. Here, NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin explains the changes.
District’s ‘School Bus Jive’ video teaches safety rules
September 5, 2013
Transportation staff at South-Western City Schools in Grove City, Ohio, develop the concept for the video, and it is filmed and edited with the help of a local camera crew. Transportation Supervisor Tim Cox discusses with SBF how the idea for the video came about, its content and more.
6 tips for directors coming aboard a new district
July 30, 2013

When taking on a new position at a different district, assessing and getting used to new people and procedures can be a challenge. Transportation directors who have successfully made the transition share advice on how to implement changes and get to know new employees and peers.

District to use Disney tram-like audio messages in buses
July 9, 2013
Myrtle Beach, S.C.-based Horry County Schools is modifying audio messages designed for Disney World trams to use in 10 buses this fall to cut down on student discipline problems. Students will hear soothing music, safety messages and location alerts.
Texas bus drivers can send students to principal
June 27, 2013
New legislation signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry gives school bus drivers the authority to address discipline issues on their buses by sending students to the principal’s office. The legislation, which takes effect immediately, states that principals must respond by employing appropriate discipline management techniques consistent with districts’ student code of conduct.
Green ambitions pay off for Kansas district
May 21, 2013

George Taylor of Kansas City (Kan.) Public Schools was determined to find funding for alt-fuel buses. Now, with 47 CNG buses and four hybrids, the district is contributing to cleaner air and saving $350,000 in one school year.

New student training from School Bus Safety Co.
January 28, 2013
The company's three new educational courses teach children how to be safe in and around their school buses. They are age-specific for three groups: pre-K to grade 2, grades 3 to 5, and grades 6 and above.
Alex Robinson builds training in NYC, partnerships at NAPT
January 24, 2013

Two months after becoming president of NAPT, Alex Robinson began running the largest school district transportation department in the nation in December 2011. Since then, her staff at the NYC Office of Pupil Transportation has undergone more than 40 hours of training, and NAPT has grown its connections to relevant organizations around the globe.

Distracted driving, bullying are key concerns in Memphis
January 15, 2013

A session at the NAPT Summit addresses ways that managers contribute to distracted driving, while a keynote presentation covers fatal school bus accidents caused by inattentive drivers. Handling problematic student behavior is the focus of a panel discussion and a joint presentation. At the trade show, Blue Bird unveils its redesigned Type D buses.

A day in the life of a transportation director
January 8, 2013

At Shelby County Schools, enhanced driver training and partnerships with school staff have led to drastic improvements in student behavior on the bus. Here, we spend a day with Director of Transportation Debbie Rike to see how she steers the operation toward success.

Taking on the top challenges of the job
December 4, 2012

Clearly, the job of transportation director is not getting any easier. It takes people with a healthy supply of those “Top Traits” to lead transportation departments through these challenging times.

Update: Fired bus supervisor won't face charges
November 7, 2012
Heidi Mullin was fired after being captured by a cell phone video pushing a 7-year-old student off of her. The county prosecutor finds that while Mullin's actions "were not the best," charges would not be filed against her for pushing the boy away "when he had his coat over her head and she said she had difficulty breathing.”
Bus supervisor fired over flap with 7-year-old
October 15, 2012
The transportation supervisor, riding the bus in the role of an aide, can be seen in a cell phone video pushing the student into the bus window. The 7-year-old boy was reportedly "yelling and screaming and jumping around" and pulled a sweatshirt over the supervisor’s head “with his whole body.”
Bus video goes beyond student monitoring
October 9, 2012

Today’s surveillance systems not only record students on multiple channels, many record risky driving behavior, issue alerts for specific events and track buses through GPS. Here are details on these and other specifications from eight companies’ offerings.

School bus company goes blue for bullying prevention
October 1, 2012
More than 750 drivers, monitors and other employees at All-Star Transportation don blue T-shirts calling for students to “Be Nice on My Bus!” The move is part of the fourth annual Blue Shirt Day, the World Day of Bullying Prevention.
Boys leap from bus emergency exit, walk in traffic
September 6, 2012
The bus driver pulls over when the boys, ages 12 and 14, act unruly and one pokes holes in the seats with a sharp stick. When the bus stops, the boys jump from the rear emergency exit.
Positive interactions encourage peaceful bus ride
August 20, 2012

While surveillance cameras and assigned seating can help in addressing student behavior problems on the school bus, officials say that getting to know passengers, handling discipline issues in a positive way and acknowledging proper bus etiquette are also effective ways to keep troublesome behavior at bay. Here, we share the specifics of several programs and initiatives based on these approaches.

District: 4 to be disciplined in bus monitor bullying
June 28, 2012
The Greece (N.Y.) Central School District identifies four middle school students as participants in the incident, in which school bus monitor Karen Klein was profanely taunted. The students will receive "disciplinary action to the fullest extent appropriate," officials say.
Establishing positive behavior on the bus
January 24, 2012

The Positive Behavior Intervention and Support program provides students with incentives to meet and exceed behavioral expectations. Officials who work for a Maryland middle school say they have seen a change among students since implementing the program, and that it is a useful tool for the bus environment.

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