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Iowa officials caution against falsifying bus repairs
November 19, 2013
The warnings come after the arrests of two district transportation officials who allegedly lied to the state that problems with buses in their fleets had been repaired. In September, the state Department of Education’s transportation office hired a third school bus inspector, which has enabled the department to do call-back inspections on buses with serious deficiencies.
District launches hotline to report bullying
November 19, 2013
Wentzville R-IV School District partners with SchoolReach, a school notification system, to provide a CyberBully Hotline program, an anonymous, two-way means for students, parents, guardians and others to report incidents of bullying, harassment or intimidation. The program also includes a separate hotline number just for use on district buses.
Seon Design names winners of anti-bullying coloring contest
November 19, 2013
Mayson Bac, 11, of North Thurston Public Schools’ Chinook Middle School is named the overall winner of the contest, while first-, second- and third-place winners are named in categories for students ages 5 to 7, 8 to 10, and 11 and up. Officials say the purpose behind the Bullies Aren’t Cool coloring contest was to spark a conversation about bullying between bus drivers, students, school administrators and parents.
Video teaches public to 'Stop and Stay Stopped' for buses
November 13, 2013
The Minnesota School Bus Operators Association video, newly available on DVD, outlines common mistakes that motorists make when driving around school buses. Shelly Jonas, executive administrator for the association, tells SBF about the program and how it can be used.
Michigan district, state police partner for stop-arm violation sting
November 13, 2013
Genesee Intermediate School District’s (ISD) transportation team provides information to Sgt. Artis White about daily occurrences of violations, and he and his troopers organize a one-day sting to monitor troublesome areas and issue citations. White and Genesee ISD Director of Transportation Services Chad Sexton discuss the specifics with SBF.
AngelTrax cameras improve low light video capture
November 8, 2013
The company’s new line of cameras feature built-in smart infrared and super ultra wide dynamic technology to automatically adapt to unpredictable lighting conditions. The high-definition camera systems can record in 60 frames per second at 1280x720 resolution.
District combats bus passing with law enforcement, education efforts
November 7, 2013
Grand Ledge (Mich.) Public Schools’ transportation department has partnered with local police, who cite motorists captured on camera running the buses’ stop arms, and the transportation staff is also working to inform the public of the state’s laws for driving around school buses through billboards and other media outlets. Transportation Supervisor John Legus discusses these and other initiatives with SBF.
District holds safety competitions during in-service
November 6, 2013
During its week-long training, Glendale (Ariz.) Elementary School District No. 40’s transportation department not only has outside speakers come to the facility and offers sessions on a wide range of topics, the drivers and bus monitors also participate in competitions to test their skills. Here, the manager of transportation provides the details.
Bus driver dies before starting routes
November 5, 2013
Special-education bus driver Tammy Grant, 45, called for assistance to get off the bus and was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Grant was an employee of Durham School Services and had been driving buses for a South Carolina school district for more than 20 years.
School bus fights: how drivers can intervene
November 5, 2013

Intervention doesn’t have to mean using physical force. Calling dispatch for help, stopping and securing the bus, and giving orders to the students are key steps in responding.

Bus swept off road, falls into rushing water
November 1, 2013
The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating the events surrounding the accident, but a sheriff says that roads in the area were still covered with water from a recent rain, and the bus had driven into a submerged stretch of road. After falling into two and a half feet of water, the 10 students on board use the escape hatch and windows to climb to safety on top of the bus until first responders arrive.
Bus driver saves woman from jumping off bridge
October 31, 2013
Darnell Barton, a Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority bus operator, was taking 20 students home from school when he spotted the woman perched outside the guardrail over an expressway and coaxed her away from danger. After Barton gave a statement to the police, he continued driving his route.
Film on 2nd life of school bus now on DVD
October 31, 2013
"La Camioneta" follows a decommissioned school bus from an auction in Pennsylvania to its new life in Guatemala, where it is repainted and repurposed to provide public transportation between the highlands and Guatemala City. The film is available on DVD to purchase, rent or preview.
Matthews Buses sponsors anti-bullying program
October 31, 2013
The school and commercial bus dealership supports speaker Marc Mero and his team’s “Stop Bullying — Never Give Up Tour 2014,” which brings the Champion of Choices presentation to schools. The organization and its program empower students to make healthy and positive choices that lead to lifelong success.
Oregon student is top winner of national poster contest
October 29, 2013
The National Association for Pupil Transportation names Jaeho Lee of Portland the overall winner of this year’s National School Bus Safety Poster Contest, and Lee also places first in Division I. The theme for this year’s contest was “At my Stop — You Stop!”
NASDPTS bolsters support for lap-shoulder belts
October 25, 2013
The state directors association had previously expressed its support for lap-shoulder belts if funding is made available. Now, the NASDPTS board strengthens its position by dropping the funding clause. However, the association is not calling for a requirement. “We believe this should be a local decision based on local need,” NASDPTS President Max Christensen says.
SafeGuard changes service life policy for STAR restraints
October 25, 2013
In the past, the service life of a STAR was six years from the date of manufacture. Now, any STAR manufactured from November 2012 or later will have an option for service life to begin from the date of invoice.
Houston drivers get creative for ‘School Bus Shuffle’ video
October 24, 2013
In honor of National School Bus Safety Week, Houston Independent School District’s transportation team created the video, which covers such topics as proper boarding procedures, how to sit on the bus and the importance of reporting bullying. Transportation Field Safety Investigator Curtis Harris wrote the song and choreographed its accompanying dance.
District catches stop-arm runners with ‘Badges on Buses’
October 24, 2013
Norman (Okla.) Public Schools partners with a group of police officers for the initiative, in which one officer rides a school bus while other officers follow the bus in unmarked units. The officer on the bus radios the accompanying officers upon spotting a bus-passing violation, and enforcement action is taken.
Seon continues bullying awareness in new blog post
October 18, 2013
Marketing Coordinator Tia O’Grady discusses different anti-bullying campaigns and how supporting such efforts helps to increase awareness for the cause. The company will continue to spread the word about its own “No Bullies on My Bus” campaign during the NAPT trade show in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Tuesday and Wednesday. Seon will also launch its Smart-Reach Cellular router at the show, which transmits live video when connected to a Seon DVR.

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