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New PSAs depict the dangers of stop-arm running
September 17, 2013
The School Bus Safety Co. and the Child Safety Network created the five free videos, some of which show dramatizations of fatal stop-arm running incidents. A link to the PSAs is being distributed to more than 5,000 school districts with a request to share them with local media.
Florida bus driver remembers 9/11 in letter to editor
September 17, 2013
Bus driver Peter Schuhl recounts how, when picking up 22 high school students after school that afternoon, the students sat quietly for a few minutes, then began singing “God Bless America,” “America The Beautiful” and the national anthem, inspired by the two foreign exchange students who joined in.
School buses: no trespassing
September 17, 2013

As with stop-arm running, an important component in any campaign against school bus trespassing is public awareness. Parents and others need to know that they are prohibited from boarding the bus.

Entire Blue Bird line completes Altoona testing
September 16, 2013
The school bus manufacturer’s line of Vision, All American and Micro Bird buses have been tested, and Blue Bird is reportedly the only large bus manufacturer to have its full line successfully complete the test. The test covers such criteria as maintainability, reliability, safety, structural integrity and performance.
Students sprayed with antifreeze on school bus
September 13, 2013
The incident occurred as the bus was leaving school grounds — an antifreeze line on the vehicle burst. Three of the students who were sprayed sustained minor skin irritation, while another student suffered first-degree burns.
Washington state superintendent backs stop-arm cameras
September 13, 2013
More than 1,500 school bus passing violations were counted in Washington's one-day survey earlier this year. Under state legislation passed in 2011, school districts have the authority to equip buses with stop-arm cameras, and state Superintendent Randy Dorn is urging districts "to look into whether installing the cameras is the right thing for that community.”
District reinstates busing with fee, courtesy service for dangerous routes
September 12, 2013
Lake County (Fla.) Schools students who lost courtesy bus service because they live within 2 miles of their schools will now be able to pay a $1 or $2 fee to ride the bus. Additionally, the district will restore free bus service for students within the 2-mile zones who have dangerous walking routes that include crossing roadways with high speeds or multiple lanes.
Education, transportation secretaries support yellow buses
September 12, 2013
Staff members at the Tucson (Ariz.) Unified School District bus depot are joined on Wednesday morning by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. The duo discuss the importance of bus drivers in school safety, and they ride along on a school bus before participating in a service project at a local middle school.
Zonar, Child Check-Mate integrate technology for enhanced bus safety
September 12, 2013
Districts utilizing both Child Check-Mate’s technology and Zonar’s GPS/telematics solution can now verify that the Child Check-Mate System is active on each bus and receive instant alerts if movement is detected after hours.
NAPT News & Views — Like fire drills, shooter drills are vital
September 12, 2013

We need to develop a proactive approach — meaning run purposefully, hide intelligently and fight fiercely, in that order (fight only as a last resort) — to an active shooter scenario and teach it to everyone, especially students. The drill should be done in conjunction with local law enforcement personnel.

Pittsburgh Pirates support school bus safety event
September 11, 2013
A group of volunteers, including many people in the pupil transportation industry, planned and participated in the event, in which the volunteers provided tours of school buses and distributed flyers on yellow bus laws and other safety materials prior to a Pirates baseball game. Roger Botti of North Allegheny School District discusses with SBF the planning and outcome of the event, which was a year in the making.
Police investigate bomb threat on school bus
September 9, 2013
One or more students on a school bus in Laurel County, Ky., reportedly say that there is a bomb on board, and the bus stops at a weigh station. Numerous law enforcement officers — including a hazardous devices unit with a dog — respond to the scene, but no bomb is found in backpacks or elsewhere on the bus.
District’s ‘School Bus Jive’ video teaches safety rules
September 5, 2013
Transportation staff at South-Western City Schools in Grove City, Ohio, develop the concept for the video, and it is filmed and edited with the help of a local camera crew. Transportation Supervisor Tim Cox discusses with SBF how the idea for the video came about, its content and more.
Volunteers make district’s ‘Bus Buddies’ program a success
September 4, 2013
A total of 351 community volunteers from 53 businesses and organizations participate in Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District’s program, which is designed to help new bus riders find their bus stops during the first few days of school. The program is a partnership between the district’s Volunteers in Public Schools and the Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce.
Driver charged for leaving 5-year-old on bus
September 4, 2013
The Sanger, Texas, school bus driver is arrested and faces charges of abandonment and endangerment of a child criminal negligence in last week’s incident. The boy boarded the bus in the morning and wasn’t discovered until the afternoon.
Judge sentences teens in bus beating to ‘indefinite’ probation
September 3, 2013
Following recommendations from the Department of Juvenile Justice, Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Raymond Gross includes several conditions in the probation, such as electronic monitoring, community service and a requirement that the students transfer if they are assigned to the same school as the victim. Some say the sentence is too lenient.
Iowa school bus sprayed by crop duster
September 3, 2013
The superintendent of Belmond-Klemme Community School District says that at least seven students were on the bus when it was sprayed with what he believes was insecticide, and about 25 more students were then picked up. The district contacted parents, and students were taken to a local hospital as a precaution.
9 tips for thwarting cyberbaiting
September 3, 2013

Cyberbaiting — when students taunt a teacher or bus driver to record their reaction — can lead to embarrassing online exposure. Here’s an overview of the problem and tips to help your drivers prevent it.

School bus driver saves 2 kids from floodwaters
August 30, 2013
Ricardo Ramos, a Student Transportation of America driver and trainer in Riverside, Calif., acts quickly when a sudden deluge sweeps away two children crossing the street. He jumps into the surge and pulls both kids to safety.
Bus crash first responders honored for rescue efforts
August 29, 2013
The city of Bonner Springs in Kansas declares Monday “First Responders Day” to recognize the more than 60 men and women who came to the aid of those involved in the crash last week. The individuals, who ranged from police officers to paramedics to civilians, rescued everyone on the bus.

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