As a new bus driver, I quickly learn that students with behavior problems can be very interesting to work with, indeed. A couple of decades later, I am a supervisor, but still heavily involved in serving students with special needs.
Students who use mobility aids such as wheelchairs represent only a small fraction of the approximately 23.5 million children who ride school buses to and from school each day. As such, they could be easily overlooked when it comes to occupant safety.
Transportation directors and other pupil transportation experts weigh in.
The world seems to be moving so quickly — with information being spat at us faster than we can assimilate it — that we rarely have time to think about death.
Bullying can have severe consequences - driver distraction, accidents and even death. Bus drivers need to understand how rules and respect can help them minimize this behavior.
With crash-tested securement points, the transport wheelchair will significantly improve passenger safety. Meanwhile, retractable securement systems already are having a positive impact.
Although there are exceptions, industry experts say specific lift procedures need to be closely followed. Driver and attendant training is critical, they add.
Paved highways are rare in the country's northernmost state, requiring schools to find creative ways of meeting the transportation needs of students.
A newsletter that mixes personal glimpses with just-for-fun items and newsworthy events can help to build morale.
Transportation managers should inventory their fleets and assess their risks. And drivers should be trained how to respond to an underride crash.
Transportation director in Englewood, Colo., has made strong contributions to the industry — while championing an unpopular cause.
To proof your buses against frigid temperatures, pay attention to tires, fuel, belts and hoses. And don't ignore driver training.
Expansion of school bus transportation in the 21st century hinges on the industry's efforts to promote its achievements and to erase widespread misconceptions.
How did we get where we are today? Change has been driven by advances in technology, mounting safety concerns and tragedy. Let's look back.
Extra care needs to be given to school loading-zone safety when buses for children with special-needs are involved, especially when the children are transported in wheelchairs.
In many ways, SCHOOL BUS FLEET and the pupil transportation industry have grown in tandem.
The following commentary was drawn from a speech given by Lee Larson at the 1999 National Association for Pupil Transportation conference in Denver. He attended the conference to introduce the Leland E.G. "Lee" Larson Quality Student Transportation Award.
I believe that life won’t change much in the next 100 years. Houses, neighborhoods, towns and cities will look like they do now. And we’ll still be ferrying children to and from school in yellow buses that look like the ones we’re using today.
Each year, SBF recognizes outstanding school bus operations in its Great Fleets Across America series.
Few people outside the industry understand the day-to-day challenges of running a school transportation program, large or small.
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