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Arlington (Va.) Public Schools Director of Transportation Gregory Sutton (left) communicates with his drivers regularly to keep abreast of potential hazards on their routes. He’s pictured with Justin Kirby, one of the operation’s swing/lead bus drivers.
Identifying and evaluating school bus route hazards
September 20, 2012

To ensure students’ safety, transportation managers must implement a procedure for this effort that includes scheduled onsite reviews and a means to efficiently communicate the hazards to staff. School bus drivers, local and state police, and local emergency operations centers should be involved.

The C.E. White Co. offers a fully integrated Type 2 seat belt system in its seats with an adjustable D-ring, emergency locking retractors and locking tongue.
Buckle up: The latest in restraint systems
September 18, 2012

As the prevalence of lap-shoulder belts in buses grows, it is important for operations to consider the type of students they are transporting and the ability to upgrade to meet future safety standards before selecting a belt system.

Help cut summer overload
September 17, 2012

More than 60% of school bus production is tied to deliveries that will occur during about 25% of the year.

New (school) year’s resolutions
September 17, 2012

Are there some functions that only you know how to perform but that you could teach other members of your staff? What do you hope to achieve before summer suddenly rolls around again?

CrossingGuard is strategically placed on the exterior of a school bus to detect and capture stop-arm violations that occur while the school bus stop arm is extended. Installation is free for school districts and 100% violator funded.
New system automates stop-arm running enforcement
September 13, 2012

In light of the growing trend to install exterior cameras on school buses to help capture and deter illegal passing, American Traffic Solutions and AngelTrax partnered to create CrossingGuard. The progressive system can capture footage and process violations automatically, without driver interaction.

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Distracted driving: Can u c me now?
September 11, 2012

Don Ross of the School District of Manatee County (Fla.) discusses the problem of distracted driving and the impact it has had on his school district. Since January 2012, the district has experienced nine accidents involving other vehicles running into its school buses.

NAPT News & Views — Have candid discussions about your school bus environment
September 4, 2012

NAPT's executive director explains his mixed emotions about Karen Klein, the school bus monitor who endured vulgar verbal abuse from a group of foul-mouthed, ill-mannered children on a school bus.

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Author Jean Zimmerman (right) says physical therapists will teach transportation personnel how to protect their back and lift students safely when evacuating them from the bus.
Physical therapists are valuable resource for transportation
August 28, 2012

From providing information on disabilities and how they will impact the school bus ride to offering tips for proper wheelchair securement and evacuations, these individuals can greatly assist in safely transporting special-needs students. In the new school year, they should be involved in planning and training sessions.

Winton Woods City School District and Finneytown Local School District, both in Cincinnati, have been sharing transportation services since the 2011-12 school year.
Districts join forces, cut costs
August 23, 2012

Winton Woods City School District and Finneytown Local School District in Cincinnati share their transportation services, including buses, routes and fueling stations. In sharing special-education service alone, the operations have each saved about $25,000.

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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.

SBF’s Frank Di Giacomo (left) presents the Contractor of the Year award to members of the Kobussen family: Ann, Scott, Joe, Dan, Melissa (Miller), Marion and Jim Kobussen.
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Contractor of the Year profile: Kobussen Buses
August 16, 2012

The Wisconsin school bus operator delivers exemplary service to its school district customers — one of which Kobussen has been serving for nearly 75 years. Members of the Kobussen family have also been key contributors to industry associations, and they are known for lending a hand to colleagues.

Stop-arm running in the crosshairs
August 14, 2012

Since the West Virginia Department of Education sent me the footage of a middle school student nearly being struck by a car illegally passing his school bus, I’ve probably watched it at least a dozen times. I can’t help but think of one of my own kids in that frightening situation.

NAPT News & Views — NAPT Summit boasts something for everyone
August 14, 2012

The NAPT Summit is the premier place for state and community school bus professionals to see the big picture, to learn about and explore the challenges and changes in our industry. Officials say you’ll also have plenty of opportunities for professional development and networking.

With Zonar’s ZPass student tracking system, students swipe an RFID card over a reader installed on the bus, and their name, the date, location and time that they boarded and disembarked the bus is transferred to the district or bus company.
Monitor ridership, manage fleet with student tracking systems
August 9, 2012

Today’s solutions tell pupil transporters where and when students boarded and disembarked the bus. Officials from companies that offer the solutions say that having this information can help in answering parent inquiries, and by knowing how many buses are needed for transportation, operations can optimize routes.

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Transporting students with autism
August 7, 2012

Autism can affect behavior, speech and language development, sensorimotor skills, visual and auditory processing, and learning skills. Understanding the extent of this condition in your passengers will help in determining how they should be treated during bus rides and evacuations.

REI’s high-resolution stop-arm camera captures the license plate info of stop-arm violators. Its day/night setting provides optimum viewing of the license plate.
Catch stop-arm runners in their tracks
August 2, 2012

Many operations are turning to exterior cameras to help capture — and deter — illegal passing of school buses. Here are details on six systems that can collect crucial evidence.

Midwest Transit Equipment employs over 200 people and has a $4 million parts inventory.
Midwest Transit Equipment: focused on customer service
July 24, 2012

Located in Kankakee, Ill., Midwest Transit Equipment has over 200 employees and five locations to serve its customers. The school bus dealership is dedicated to providing safe, reliable equipment, and offers many different buses, parts and services.

In January, super-fog rolled in over Volusia County Schools’ bus compound in DeLand, Fla.,  for two days, creating zero visibility for employees.  They reportedly could not even see their hands in front of their faces.
Is your school district prepared for super-fog?
July 17, 2012

Super-fog is a combination of smoke and early morning water vapor that produces zero visibility over roadways. When it impacts a Florida operation, buses are convoyed out of the terminals until they reach a clear area, and a “pre-warning” procedure is developed.

Garfield School District Re-2’s bus yard is fully fenced in and monitored using Bensoftware’s SecuritySpyvideo surveillance software.
Bus yard safety, inside and out
July 12, 2012

Physical security such as fences and video surveillance, in addition to providing your drivers and other staff with ID badges and safety training, can go a long way in securing your bus yard.

Good terms with the government
July 9, 2012

This is not just about what we at SBF did. It’s part of what I see as growing ties between the pupil transportation community and key federal agencies.

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