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Top 10 most 'liked' stories on SBF's Facebook in 2013
December 30, 2013
Here, we share stories that piqued our followers' interest throughout the year. Topics ranged from stop-arm running to school bus safety to driver wellness to drivers who have logged many years behind the wheel.
3 reasons for bus drivers to get fit, and how to get there
September 24, 2013

For school bus drivers, obtaining a basic level of fitness and maintaining a healthy weight will enhance safety, professionalism and personal wellness. The job can actually provide a good structure for making time to exercise and eat well.

With growth, Krapf keeps focus on people
July 2, 2013

After 70 years in operation, Pennsylvania-based George Krapf Jr. & Sons is the sixth-largest school bus contractor in the nation and extends into multiple states. CEO Blake Krapf says that building strong relationships with districts and maintaining a top-quality staff are still the keys to the business.

National Express celebrates Earth Week, promotes employee wellness
April 18, 2013
As part of Earth Week, the school bus contractor touts its year-round efforts to protect the environment, including an idling reduction program. The company also launches its second annual “Slim Down Challenge,” which is a 10-week competition that involves groups of four to seven employees aiming to score the best in percentage of weight lost.
Fit for the job
April 2, 2013

You may feel like you can’t make time to exercise, but if you do, you just might find yourself more focused and productive while you’re working.

Transportation staff fights back against cancer’s toll
March 27, 2013
For Stewart County (Tenn.) Schools, raising money for the battle against cancer is personal: In the past few years, the transportation department has lost two to cancer and has seen others diagnosed. Last year, the district’s drivers and students raised more than $4,000 as part of Relay for Life.
Healthcare reform: determining full-time employees
March 21, 2013

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, large employers, such as school bus contractors, must offer affordable and minimal value healthcare insurance to full-time staffers by Jan. 1, 2014, or tax penalties will be imposed. Guidance from several federal agencies shows when employees must be treated as full time based on their work hours and employment timeframes, with examples for existing and new personnel.

Driver collapses behind the wheel, but stops bus
October 19, 2012
A student on the bus says the driver’s head “sunk over, like he got knocked out.” Despite being incapacitated, the driver is reportedly able to bring the bus to a stop and avoid slamming into a utility pole.
School bus driver charged with insurance fraud
July 5, 2012
According to prosecutors, 53-year-old Luanne Stewart-Mastroianni forged her doctor's signature and continued to receive disability benefits after being cleared to return to work.
Ala. bus drivers required to complete physical exam
June 20, 2012
Under legislation signed into law by Gov. Robert Bentley, drivers must successfully complete the exam by a licensed physician, at their own expense, by Aug. 14 in order to operate a school bus. Drivers may be “grandfathered” for any condition if the doctor states that it will not adversely affect their ability to control and safely operate a school bus.
Cook-Illinois launches employee wellness initiatives
February 1, 2012
The school bus contractor has invested more than $22,000 in programs for its drivers, including a discounted membership program with Charter Fitness, and removed junk food and soda from its subsidiaries' vending machines, among other efforts. Employees are reportedly losing weight and interacting with one another more.
School bus driver covers 26.2 miles — on foot
November 22, 2011
Molly Kirk, a driver for Florida’s Brevard Public Schools, ran the prestigious New York City Marathon in less than five hours. She shares details on the challenging race, which drew more than 47,000 starters this year.
Man stops runaway bus, helps ailing driver
September 21, 2011
Matt Collins observes the school bus drift through an intersection, and it appears as though no one is driving the vehicle. When he runs up to the bus and opens the door, he finds the driver slumped over without a pulse, so he puts on the bus’ parking brake and begins administering CPR on the driver.
Students help bus driver quit smoking
June 7, 2011
Jerry Hitchcock, who works for a Montana school district, decides to give up his 50-year habit after two sisters who ride his bus hide his cigarettes and tell him he should stop. He says the encouragement of the girls and the other passengers who ride his bus have helped him stick to his goal.
Bus driver dead after crashing into city building
April 19, 2011
Kelly Smith, a driver for a Pennsylvania school district, is found on the ground outside the building after she crashed her bus into it. Officials investigating the accident say Smith was ejected from the bus and may have died prior to the crash.
Police: Medical condition likely led to bus crash
March 3, 2011
Joann Jensen strikes a power pole while transporting students and is then transported to a hospital, where she is pronounced dead. Police believe Jensen may have suffered a medical condition while driving that caused her to lose control of the bus and hit the pole.
Pennsylvania DOT changes diabetic regulations for bus drivers
December 28, 2010
Among the revisions is the requirement that in order to receive a diabetic waiver, a school bus driver’s healthcare provider must verify that the driver has had no severe hypoglycemic reactions or symptomatic hyperglycemia, and that the driver has been free from an insulin reaction that has resulted in a loss of consciousness, attention or awareness, or has required assistance from another person.
Bill aims to increase bus safety, reduce costs
July 15, 2010
New Michigan law puts requirements for the state’s school bus drivers in line with those at the federal level. Changes have been made to training and medical exam mandates, and a health standard has been set for drivers with known illnesses. The reforms are expected to save $600,000 statewide.
Why Won’t They Come to Work?
June 29, 2010

In these tough economic times, most school bus drivers consistently show up for work — but some still don’t. After monetary incentives failed to tackle absenteeism, one district learned that some employees need another kind of support.

Thomas Built offers heated driver’s seat
March 11, 2010
The new feature is an option on the manufacturer’s Type C and D buses. A built-in thermostat lets drivers choose their ideal level of warmth, and two carbon fiber heating strips evenly distribute the heat.
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