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Minneapolis district builds mobile command center
April 30, 2013
Minneapolis Public Schools’ plant operations and transportation services team spent four years converting an older school bus into the mobile command center. It’s outfitted with such equipment as a flat-screen TV, two-way radios and laptops, and it’s designed to be used as a command post in a major emergency that prohibits the district’s buses from successfully transporting students.
Abu Dhabi DOT unveils school bus regulations
April 30, 2013
The regulations are developed in coordination with the Abu Dhabi Education Council and Abu Dhabi Police GHQ with the aim to optimize school transportation. The regulations address requirements for school bus drivers, schools, bus age and operation time, and bus inspections.
Preparing for the threat of hijacking
April 30, 2013

Regardless of whether the driver obeys the commands or resists a hijacker, every single school bus driver must understand that their No. 1 priority is the protection of the children on board. Drivers must be prepared mentally for these situations and conduct drills to reinforce proper procedures.

Bus driver on leave after train tracks incident
April 29, 2013
The driver for a Louisiana district was placed on administrative leave after receiving a citation for driving around lowered railroad crossing guards in front of an oncoming train. At least 30 students were on the bus. Officials say the train was about 200 feet from the intersection when the bus crossed the tracks.
Buses evacuated after student finds fake grenade
April 25, 2013
In the ongoing investigation, police say that after the student found the object on the bus, it was reportedly given to the bus driver, who evacuated the bus and notified officials. A bomb squad determines that it did not pose a threat, but students were also removed from other buses at a high school and taken into the school.
Police seek man who followed girl around bus stop
April 24, 2013
Authorities in Redlands, Calif., ask for the public's help to identify a man who followed an 11-year-old girl on her way to and from a school bus stop last week. During the second incident, the man began asking the girl questions about her school and her clothing.
Stormwaters strand school buses in Midwest
April 18, 2013
In Oswego, Ill., a school bus slid into a ditch along a washed-out section of road. Four students and the driver were evacuated from the stuck bus. Near Ava, Mo., a school bus became temporarily stranded in an area between two low water crossings that became inundated.
Phones: not the only distractions
April 17, 2013

What about having conversations with kids (or even aides) on the bus while driving? Is that a source of distraction that should be avoided?

Bus driver suspended for cell phone use, lying about caller
April 11, 2013
Rossana Lucas receives a 10-day suspension after she is seen on a video surveillance camera taking a call, and she also picks up another driver at an unauthorized stop. Lucas tells officials for the Florida district that she had taken the call from her son, a Marine stationed in Iraq, but the district’s investigation reveals that her story doesn't add up, and she admits that the caller was not her son.
Kentucky transportation secretary pushed for increased bus safety
April 8, 2013
Milo D. Bryant, who served as the state’s transportation secretary under Gov. Wallace Wilkinson in the 1980s, passed away last week at the age of 82. Bryant led a bus safety task force that recommended various improvements to school buses and driver training following the fatal 1988 school bus crash in Carrollton.
Man boards bus, leaves loaded gun magazine
April 8, 2013
Jeremy West follows a student on the Arizona district’s bus, and he convinces an adult bus aide that he is accompanying the student. After West leaves the bus, another student finds a fully loaded 9 mm magazine on the seat where West had been sitting. Police arrest him on Thursday, and the district is making changes to its policy on allowing parents on school buses.
Charles Poland: A tribute to a fallen hero
April 4, 2013

In its definition of the word “hero,” Webster’s notes that it is “especially one who has risked or sacrificed his life.” Charles sacrificed his life to protect his kids — the passengers on his school bus.

Study points to risks of 'permitted' left turns
April 3, 2013
Researchers in Oregon say that in permitted left turns — distinguished from protected left turns — drivers may have to pick their way through narrow windows of oncoming traffic. Their study finds that about 4% to 9% of the time, drivers making permitted left turns don't look to see if there are pedestrians in the way.
Alarm aims to prevent bus rolling incidents
April 2, 2013

A school district and a bus dealership in Indiana have combined efforts to develop a retrofit for school buses that they say enhances safety. The alarm sounds if a driver unfastens his or her seat belt and has not engaged the air brake parking system.

Iowa testing student detection systems for school buses
April 1, 2013
A system from Rostra Precision Controls Inc. and a system from National Patent Analytical Systems Inc. are undergoing evaluation for potential installation on school buses in the state to help prevent danger zone injuries and fatalities. The installation of such a system is a goal of the Smile BIG Foundation, which was founded in honor of Justin Bradfield. Bradfield was killed in a 2011 danger zone accident.
Troopers say bus driver falls asleep, strikes tractor trailer
March 28, 2013
Anderson (S.C.) School District Five Superintendent Betty Bagley also says three students were on the bus when Tuesday’s accident occurred, but no serious injuries are reported. She says she believes a medical problem caused the driver to fall asleep behind the wheel.
NAPT News & Views — School bus safety and security: creating the 'new normal'
March 28, 2013

Periodically in our national life, safety, security or both are compromised in ways that are profoundly impactful. These are the game-changers that invoke a shared emotional call to “do something.” The tragedy in Newtown, Conn., was such an event. After the passionate debate about school security options, a “new normal” will eventually emerge, because the status quo is no longer acceptable.

School bus runs over Maine student's foot
March 27, 2013
The boy suffers "severe bruising" but no broken bones when the bus runs over his foot while he is taking an instrument from a storage bin underneath, officials say. The district subsequently adjusts its policies on the use of the compartments.
Jury points to pedal misapplication in Liberty bus crash
March 26, 2013
In the fatal Liberty, Mo., school bus crash in 2005, the National Transportation Safety Board ruled out mechanical failure and found that the circumstances “are consistent with driver pedal misapplication.” Now, in a civil trial, the jury echoes the federal investigators’ conclusion.
Wyoming students push for bus safety law changes
March 25, 2013
Following the death of a student in an illegal bus-passing accident, her classmates create proposals for legislators, including increasing bus-passing fines. The students speak to members of the state’s education committee about the proposals during a recent legislative session.

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