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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.

Student, bus driver cited for endangerment
October 4, 2011
A 15-year-old girl on a Tennessee school bus allegedly stands up and grabs the steering wheel from the driver, who students claimed was missing stops. The driver maintains control of the bus and turns back to a high school to report the incident, but she acknowledges that she ignored stop signs in the return trip.
Case study: Revamping a transportation department
August 9, 2011

A year ago, Jeff Walker became transportation director at Litchfield Elementary School District #79 in Phoenix. The department has since cut costs, reduced the number of student disciplinary incidents on its buses and improved its safety record.

Managing Student Behavior Improves Onboard Safety
August 5, 2011

Pupil transporters discuss practices they have established toward this effort, such as assigned seating. They also address the importance of creating policies on eating and drinking and transporting backpacks and instruments, as well as ways to reduce noise inside the bus.

Theme announced for 2012 special-needs conference
June 9, 2011
“Ready to Learn” is the theme for Edupro Group's 21st Transporting Students With Disabilities & Preschoolers event. Topics that will be covered include administering medications, companion animals, student disabilities and the bus ride, and participating in the IEP process.
NAPT student behavior management training course available online
April 27, 2011
“Student Needs & Management” from the association’s Professional Development Series program can now be purchased online. NAPT is offering the course for $40 for members and $100 for non-members.
‘Books on the Bus’ program creates peaceful bus ride
February 10, 2011
Under the program, students from an elementary school in Maine spend the bus ride reading to themselves, reading to friends and listening to their friends read. Students submit bookmarks as they read, which makes them eligible for prizes.
Understanding Children With Autism
February 7, 2011

An expert on the disorder explains the reasons behind students’ disruptive or inappropriate behavior and offers tips for how pupil transporters can respond to improve the quality of students’ lives in and outside the school bus.

Driver pens book to promote positive bus behavior
January 3, 2011
Per author Charlie Warr’s vision, the book would be sponsored by local businesses, whose ads would be placed inside. Those books would then be provided free to schools that would use them.
System bolsters student safety in and outside school buses
December 14, 2010
Among the components of BusGuard by ONGO Live Inc. is VidCops, which enables the company to send traffic tickets to motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses. The company’s CEO and COO discuss this and the system’s other features with SBF.
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.
NAPT speakers discuss vehicle developments, managing challenges
November 1, 2010
In a general session and keynote presentation, the president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America provides the company's outlook on the future of commercial vehicles. Also during the general session, a successful entrepreneur shares how he has embraced living with a rare form of dwarfism. A workshop covers how to effectively address and diffuse problematic situations that stem from students' behavioral disorders.
‘Bus Bucks’ program encourages good bus rider behavior
August 23, 2010
Under the incentive program, students at a South Carolina school district receive Bus Bucks for following directions, remaining seated and talking quietly on their school buses. Bus Bucks can be redeemed for such prizes as a fast food coupon and a homework pass.
20 Ways to Bolster Safety
July 29, 2010

From loading procedures to proper footwear to student discipline, pupil transportation professionals share their tips for reducing risks on and off the bus.

Texas district tests onboard video to cut discipline problems
June 22, 2010
Students are able to watch educational programming supplied by the Discovery network and History Channel during the bus ride. The system has been available to districts for three months.
BusConduct celebrates 10 years of bus safety
June 15, 2010
Since 2000, the Web-based application has been used to help discipline over 78,000 students nationwide, resulting in increased school bus safety and happier bus drivers, company officials say.
NAPT recommends Peaceful School Bus Program
June 10, 2010
The program, created at an elementary school in New York, is designed to change the social dynamics on the school bus to reduce bullying incidents. It is available to NAPT members at a 20-percent discount.
6 Questions to Ask When Considering Joint Transportation
June 1, 2010

If transportation administrators pose these questions before entering into an agreement to share or combine their services, they will avoid a number of problems, including miscommunication among bus drivers, scheduling conflicts and disagreements about student discipline procedures.

Bus driver honored for efforts to promote literacy
April 5, 2010
Timothy Driggers, who works for a Florida school district, has received the Celebrate Literacy Award for implementing a literacy program on his bus. Driggers reads to his students every morning, engaging them by requesting listener participation. He also checks for reading comprehension.
Verbal Indicators of Violence
March 26, 2010

An increase in pitch while speaking, repetition and inappropriate humor are several signs of impending dangerous behavior. Stepping in when they are heard can help to prevent students from harming others.

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