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Separating boys and girls on the school bus
October 7, 2015

In Atlanta, some older boys and girls have been separated on the school bus to improve behavior. District officials tell me that their drivers are given autonomy to decide how to seat their passengers.

NSTA Advocacy in Action — Why CSA scores are flawed
October 5, 2015

The goal of the Safety Measurement Scores, within CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability), is to allow the public to review a carrier’s safety record and relevant data by searching its Department of Transportation number. While this is a great idea in concept, the reality is very different.

A tragic reminder about texting and driving
October 5, 2015

A killer. That’s essentially what texting can become when it coincides with driving. That point was tragically reinforced by a fatal school bus crash in Knoxville, Tennessee, according to the police investigation.

How will anti-collision technology impact school buses?
October 5, 2015

I sat in the passenger seat of a large truck, eyes fixed on the stopped car ahead as we rumbled straight toward it. Next to me, the driver of the truck gave no indication that he was going to stop the vehicle.

NHTSA chief on school bus safety, seat belts
October 5, 2015

After NHTSA's public meeting in July, Mark Rosekind discussed key points that were made, as well as what the agency will consider proposing this fall, in an exclusive interview with School Bus Fleet.

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10 Tips to Bolster Bus Checks for Sleepers
October 5, 2015

To make sure no child is left behind, school bus operations should have clear procedures for drivers to follow, enforce consequences, and provide frequent reminders and recognition.

Newport-Mesa Unified School District has started teaching special-needs students transportation safety fundamentals, such as staying out of the danger zone, as shown here. The program, called “Bus in the Classroom,” will debut at the NASDPTS conference in November.
Special-needs transportation: We're good, but we could be better
October 1, 2015

We, as an educational system, have not been fulfilling our obligations to prepare all students for a successful post-secondary life — at least with regard to transportation skills.

School districts such as Adams County (Colo.) School District 14 have adopted software programs with routing and ridership tracking to streamline Medicaid reimbursement reporting. Shown here is one of the district’s special-needs students with her school bus. Photo by Billy Salaz, Adams County (Colo.) School District 14
Don't Leave Money on the Table: Using Software for Medicaid Reimbursement
September 30, 2015

Software programs automate reporting, making it easier, faster and less costly, suppliers say. Districts have been able to save days’ worth of staff time and have more, reliable data with which to recoup much-needed funds.

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10 Keys to Success in School Transportation Budgeting
September 28, 2015

Understanding different budgeting concepts, assessing district growth and forecasting fuel use are some of the essential steps in developing and maintaining a sound budget.

Helping special students and athletes succeed
September 14, 2015

Through sports, the Special Olympics helps children and adults with intellectual disabilities develop their abilities. Similarly, the school bus industry helps children with disabilities develop their abilities by providing access to education.

NSTA Advocacy in Action — Was the entry-level negotiated rulemaking successful?
September 9, 2015

Twenty-six parties with different  interests reached an agreement that is far better than the original proposal. The agreement includes a balance of increased requirements that are not detrimental to the industry and will foster safer entry-level drivers.

Should National School Bus Safety Week be moved to late August or early September to dovetail with the back-to school news cycle? Photo by Scott Goble
School Bus Safety Week: Can we talk?
September 8, 2015

Should we move National School Bus Safety Week to late August or early September to dovetail with the national and local back-to-school news cycle?

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Fire Suppression Systems Increase Automation, Early Detection
September 2, 2015

Advances in fire suppression technology can help identify and stop an impending bus fire before flames even come into play. The systems can also provide more time for passenger evacuation during a thermal event.

Riley Williams was honored posthumously as SBF’s 2015 Contractor of the Year. Carol Williams (middle left), Riley’s wife, and Chloe Williams, their daughter, accepted the award on his behalf. At left is outgoing NSTA President Tim Flood. At right is SBF General Manager James Blue. Photo courtesy NSTA
In the Office or at the Wheel, Contractor of the Year Led by Example
August 31, 2015

New Jersey’s Riley Williams demonstrated a passion for safely transporting students and for giving back to the community. He connected with his drivers by driving alongside them.

Clearing Communication Hurdles with Parents
August 27, 2015

Barriers to clear communication, such as parents being less available, overwhelmed with information and not understanding the rules, can be overcome by meeting in person whenever possible, laying out specific rules and consequences, and providing access to real-time arrival information.

Student's cell phone video didn't tell the whole story
August 7, 2015

The district could have avoided embarrassment — for the school bus driver and for itself — by not passing judgment until after conducting a thorough investigation.

NSTA Advocacy in Action — Should alternative methods for drug and alcohol testing be allowed?
August 5, 2015

The National School Transportation Association believes that before commercial motor vehicle carriers are permitted to use an alternative to the current tests, there must be consensus that the alternate method is scientifically and technologically proven to be valid and reliable.

NAPT News & Views — Market disruptors make waves to ride them
August 3, 2015

There is a need for our industry to be more cognizant of "market disruptors" — people or organizations that redefine the status quo and then use the entropy they create to profit from the change they bring to the marketplace.

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Photo by Scott Goble
6 Tips for a Smooth School Start
July 29, 2015

Planning and practice can prevent transportation troubles on the first day of school. Bus prep, dry runs and parent contact are some of the key steps for a successful start.

Beyond the Bus: Supporting Safe Ways to School for All Students
July 24, 2015

Transportation departments can adopt new approaches to help reduce traffic around schools and to ensure the safety of students who don’t qualify for yellow bus service.

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