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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.

Students who ride Adams 12 Five Star Schools buses in Thornton, Colo., swipe a ZPass card when they board and disembark. This monitors the ridership, and the system is also used for the district’s bus fee program.
Zonar brings cost savings, efficiency boost to districts
July 5, 2012

Operations in Colorado and Ohio are using the company’s student tracking, school bus inspection and GPS solutions, and officials report these benefits in such areas as routing and bus maintenance. Two are also using the student tracking system for bus fee programs, and they are generating $300,000 and $1.2 million as a result.

Ronshay Dugans was killed when her school bus was crushed by a cement truck. The truck driver was reportedly drowsy when he got behind the wheel.
The dangers of drowsy driving
July 3, 2012

On Sept. 5, 2008, 8-year-old Ronshay Dugans was killed after a cement truck swerved into the bus she was riding. The truck driver was drowsy when he got behind the wheel.

Take a stand against school bus funding cuts
June 27, 2012

The school bus industry is repeatedly asked by policymakers to do more with less. It's time to take a stand.

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NHTSA Administrator David Strickland (at podium) speaks at a “Click It or Ticket” event last year. At right is U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
NHTSA's David Strickland: school bus defender
June 21, 2012

On David Strickland’s watch, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has publicly supported the safety record of the yellow bus and has launched a campaign to promote ridership. In an exclusive interview with SBF, the administrator discusses these topics and reaffirms the agency’s decision to not mandate seat belts on large school buses.

From left: Dennis Huffmon, Dan Cutter, Greg Hutchison and Kathy Seegebrecht.
New execs bring ‘fresh eyes’ to IC Bus
June 19, 2012

Over the past year, the school bus manufacturer has assembled a leadership team that is instilling new ideas into the business — from manufacturing improvements to sales and marketing strategies.

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How a fair can assist and energize your staff
June 12, 2012

In a time when many pupil transportation employees have to do more with less, a resource and appreciation fair may be the medicine they need. Here’s a step-by-step guide to launching this valuable event — which can cost you virtually nothing.

2 different takes on bus fees
June 8, 2012

No one is going to be excited about paying school transportation fees, but in some cases, they could be the best bet for saving yellow bus service.

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Sharing a bright idea
June 5, 2012

A critical part of our mission here at SCHOOL BUS FLEET is to help our readers do their jobs better. In many cases, we write about innovative safety practices that school bus operations have implemented and found success with. The expectation here is that other operations might be interested in trying out these bright ideas for themselves.

When they don't go yellow
May 29, 2012

As a school transportation director, you may not be able to mandate that school buses be used for activity trips, but you can help ensure that safe motorcoach carriers are selected.

NAPT News & Views — Distracted driving: high on the national policy agenda
May 22, 2012

Distracted driving means different things to different people. But it seems clear that this subject will continue to be at the top of the national agenda as policymakers in Washington seek the proper balance between innovation, convenience and safety.

Ross and White Co.’s popular combination brush and touchless system includes a wraparound brush design.
Bus washing made easy
May 17, 2012

Today’s systems include features that enable users to maintain a spotless fleet quickly, all while reducing water and energy consumption.

Michael Dallessandro is transportation director at Niagara Wheatfield Central School District in Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Progressive discipline: out of sync with busing
May 10, 2012

Progressive discipline in pupil transportation environments for anything other than general personnel issues — such as tardiness, absenteeism or drivers room behavior — can be bad for kids.

Phil Downs, manager of fleet services for Columbus City Schools, is pictured plugging in one of the district’s IC Bus hybrid school buses.
Green Fleets Across America 2012
May 3, 2012

From operating alternative-fueled vehicles to installing pollution-control equipment on buses to reducing idling, pupil transportation operations are doing their part to provide a healthy and safe ride to and from school for students. Here, we provide details on these and other environmentally friendly practices at school districts and contractors throughout the country.

Sleep for safety
May 1, 2012

Good sleep is important for everyone’s well-being, but it’s even more crucial for those who work in transportation.

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