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The Sleepy Time Headrest is designed to provide support from all angles for children in wheelchairs, car seats, feeder seats and other applications.
Headrest provides comfort for special-needs students
January 31, 2014
The Sleepy Time Headrest is adjustable and is designed to provide support from all angles for children in wheelchairs, car seats, feeder seats and other applications. Sherri Marbutt, who invented the product, tells SBF that it has been crash tested according to FMVSS 213, and it doesn’t interfere with car seat straps or seat belts.
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.
When a snowstorm froze up traffic in the Atlanta area, the National Guard came to the aid of stranded vehicles, including some 95 school buses. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Frederick Gilyard, Georgia Army National Guard
Snowstorm leaves students stranded overnight
January 30, 2014
Thousands of students in the Atlanta area spent Tuesday night at school or, in some cases, even on buses because of a winter storm that froze up traffic. The National Guard came to the aid of some 95 stranded school buses, delivering food and water to the students and getting the buses moving. "We had cleared them all by [Wednesday] morning, and that was a big task," Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says.
Fuel treatment solution becomes more widely available
January 30, 2014
K100 Fuel Treatment is designed to remove water, gums and varnishes from fuels, for better mileage and acceleration. As Kinetic Fuel Technology expands its distribution network internationally, the treatment solution is more widely available.
Global school transport conference to be launched in U.K.
January 29, 2014
Interchangeability 2014, to be held June 15-18 in Buckinghamshire, England, is designed to bring together school transportation professionals from around the world to share ideas and best practices. The conference is the creation of transportation veterans Sian Thornthwaite and Kirsti Robinson.
District revamps transportation, reduces late buses by 97%
January 29, 2014
Tennessee’s Metro Nashville Public Schools restructured the department last fall, and officials say the number of late morning buses has decreased 69% since Oct. 1, and the number of late afternoon buses has decreased 28%. Customer service and turnaround time on bus repairs have also improved.
CleanFUEL USA gains UL listing for propane dispenser
January 29, 2014
The company’s Gilbarco Encore S liquefied petroleum gas retail fuel dispenser gains the distinction as an Underwriters Laboratories listing, which CleanFUEL officials say “signifies our commitment to exceeding customer expectations in alternative-fuel dispensing.”
Propane video series includes school bus edition
January 28, 2014
The "Straight Talk" videos from the Propane Education & Research Council feature stories from five managers who use propane autogas in significant portions of their fleets. First up is Mesa (Ariz.) Public Schools.
Georgia district combats illegal bus passing
January 28, 2014
Clarke County School District partners with American Traffic Solutions to equip its buses with the company’s CrossingGuard system, which mounts purpose-built cameras on the side of the school bus. When the stop arm is deployed, the camera automatically detects a vehicle illegally passing the stop arm in either direction and captures video of the violation and still images of a vehicle‘s license plate.
Transfinder named a ‘Best Place to Work’
January 28, 2014
The transportation management software supplier is one of 30 companies designated the Best Places to Work in the Capital Region for 2013 by the Albany Business Review. Companies participate by submitting anonymous employee surveys, and Transfinder’s employees recognized the company's frequent celebrations of employee birthdays and accomplishments and competitive salaries.
The first CE Series school buses equipped with the Cummins ISB 6.7-liter engine were released from IC Bus’ Tulsa, Okla., assembly plant on Monday.
IC Bus now delivering CE units with Cummins engine
January 27, 2014
The first CE Series school buses equipped with the Cummins ISB 6.7-liter engine are released from IC Bus’ Tulsa, Okla., assembly plant. The OEM says that, to date, it has received more than 2,000 orders for CE buses with the Cummins engine.
Officials for Utah’s Granite School District are calling upon students to create bus advertisements that highlight specific courses or programs available through the district, or they can also be “help wanted” ads for bus drivers.
District calls for student-designed school bus ads
January 27, 2014
The ads for Granite School District buses must highlight either a program offered by the district, online courses or a “help wanted” ad for bus drivers. Steven Powell, publications specialist for the Salt Lake City-based district, says officials felt that ads on buses created by students would be a good opportunity to showcase some of the programs available.
School bus thefts reported in 3 states
January 27, 2014
Investigations are underway and an arrest was made in unrelated school bus thefts in Oklahoma, Michigan and Louisiana in recent weeks. In at least two of the incidents, the keys were reportedly in the ignition when the buses were stolen.
In harsh cold, school buses serve as warming stations
January 24, 2014
With temperatures hovering in the single digits on Thursday, Nashville residents who needed a break from the bitter cold could climb aboard a "Mobile Warming Station" — also known as a yellow school bus. The city's Office of Emergency Management partnered with Metro Nashville Public Schools for the innovative program.
2 dismissed after disabled student left on bus
January 24, 2014
Missouri officials say that a school bus driver and an aide left a nonverbal 19-year-old in her wheelchair on the bus and then found her at the end of the school day. School staff gave the student fluids and checked her vital signs before taking her home.
District's stop-arm camera pilot finds few violations
January 24, 2014
Last fall, Simsbury (Conn.) Public Schools launched a stop-arm camera pilot program that district officials say returned "some very surprising results." The findings: With 3,100 school bus stops, there were only two potential violations.
Former mechanic creates bus safety lighting system
January 23, 2014
Steve Gardner invented the Gardian Angel, a system for use on school buses that creates a path of light for students to walk in after the bus driver stops and opens the door. His invention was prompted by news of an accident in which a girl was crossing the street to board her bus and was struck and killed.
Consultant Lance Osler joins School Bus Logistics
January 23, 2014
Osler will provide route operations support and software consulting services to current customers and prospects. He comes to the company with a combined 17 years of Edulog and Versatrans experience, which officials say increases opportunities for School Bus Logistics to provide professional routing services and consulting in terms of startup, mid-level and advanced routing operations support.
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A Tennessee bill would prohibit the state from limiting the use of Type C and D school buses by years of service or miles driven — as long as they are inspected at least once a year and are deemed safe.
Bill would remove school bus age limit in Tennessee
January 23, 2014
The bill would prohibit the state from limiting the use of Type C and Type D school buses by years of service or by miles driven — as long as the buses are inspected at least once each school year and are deemed safe.
Georgia districts to share buses for field trips
January 23, 2014
Under the agreement, students from Cobb County School District could be transported to and from events with Marietta City Schools students and vice versa, with each district paying the other up front for the use of their buses. The transportation director for Marietta says that when the districts have shared services in the past, it has saved $100 to $500 depending on the trip.

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