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Taking Routing Data Beyond Routing
August 18, 2011

From key performance indicators to school redistricting to stop-arm violation tracking, there are many ways to benefit from the information in a computerized routing program.

Agencies prep for new school year with safety efforts, tips
August 17, 2011
With school buses hitting the road, officials from school districts, bus companies and law enforcement agencies are implementing traffic safety initiatives, and issuing tips for students, motorists and parents. In North Carolina, for example, Rockingham County Schools has installed nine cameras that will rotate among its buses to help catch motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses.
5 safety tips for school start from Calif. DOE
August 16, 2011
Reminding school bus drivers to check for sleeping students and reviewing the danger zone are among the safety practices in a list distributed by the state DOE’s Office of School Transportation.
Fla. district lifts school bus laptop ban
August 16, 2011
When school starts this month, School District of Manatee County students will be allowed to use laptops and iPads on school buses. The ban on these items is lifted after school principals suggest that time on the bus can be spent doing homework.
Bus riders to wear special tags after boy goes missing
August 16, 2011
Kindergarten through third-grade students from a Georgia elementary school who ride a bus will wear a tag with the number of their bus on it. The safety measure is adopted after a boy gets on the wrong bus and goes missing for several hours.
Teen sentenced for burning Ind. district’s buses
August 11, 2011
The 15-year-old boy, who has been in secure detention for 68 days, will spend a maximum of 22 more days there, followed by several months at a treatment center for children, for intentionally starting a fire in June that destroyed four Tippecanoe School Corp. buses. If he fails to comply at the treatment center, he will be sent to the state’s Department of Correction.
District grants bus service to students to avoid unsafe road
August 11, 2011
Officials at the Florida district will allow a group of seven to 10 students to ride the bus to their elementary school despite a state policy that denies bus service to students living less than two miles away from school. The only walking route to the students' school is along a two-lane stretch of road, where no barrier separates the street from the sidewalk.
LEDs Offer an Array of Advantages
August 11, 2011

Suppliers of light-emitting diode (LED) systems say they provide greater longevity, visibility and efficiency. Here, we provide details on some of the latest LED units for school buses.

Girl left at wrong bus stop goes missing for 2 hours
August 9, 2011
Lyric Gavin, 5, takes the bus home from school on Monday and is dropped off 15 minutes away from where she lives. The bus driver does not see Lyric's address tag on her backpack because she exits the bus with a group of students, according to the school district's spokeswoman. A parent finds Lyric wandering in an apartment complex and calls her mother.
The debate on traffic monitoring systems
August 9, 2011

Any drivers who are worried about being photographed and fined, whether at a traffic light or next to a school bus, should shift their focus to following the laws.

NAPT News & Views — Bullying: committing to positive interventions
August 9, 2011

The association discusses steps that it has taken and continues to take to reduce the incidence of bullying on board school buses. These efforts include partnering with the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools to make available free professional training for the school bus industry to encourage positive interventions.

Hersman to serve again as head of NTSB
August 8, 2011
The Senate confirms Deborah Hersman for another two-year term as chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. Her credentials include a CDL with a school bus endorsement.
Review: Bullying Prevention on the School Bus
August 8, 2011
Pupil transportation veteran Cheryl Wolf writes that the anti-bullying training program from the School Bus Safety Co. "should be mandatory for all new drivers and should be used as a refresher course for all drivers at the beginning of the school year."
Managing Student Behavior Improves Onboard Safety
August 5, 2011

Pupil transporters discuss practices they have established toward this effort, such as assigned seating. They also address the importance of creating policies on eating and drinking and transporting backpacks and instruments, as well as ways to reduce noise inside the bus.

Time to Update Your Route Hazards Inventory?
August 4, 2011

As evidenced by the infamous Fox River Grove crash, documenting school bus route hazards is critical. Detailed, accurate route descriptions are essential, and drivers must be involved in the documenting process.

Step cover targets slips on bus stairs
August 3, 2011
The product from Safeguard Technology wraps over the leading edge of steps for anti-slip protection. Officials say it is “easily installed on all bus applications and will last for years before needing replacement.”
Miss. bus safety effort to include more driver training
August 2, 2011
Under the initiative, which is set to begin in January, school bus drivers will receive more training and public service announcements will inform motorists of bus safety laws. The implementation of the initiative is led by a Bus Safety Task Force that was formed by the state Legislature.
Not just transportation
July 29, 2011

School buses in the U.S. safely shuttle some 24 million kids to and from school each day, but are the big, yellow vessels contributing to the education process in other ways?

County cracks down on school traffic safety
July 28, 2011
The zero tolerance campaign will focus on school bus stop zones and school speed zones. The campaign will put on-shift and special traffic patrols throughout Tipton County in Tennessee to enforce traffic safety. Seat belt use and distracted and impatient driving will be targeted.
Second part of anti-bullying training program available
July 28, 2011
"Creating a Supportive Bus Climate: Preventing Bullying" from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools' program focuses on building mutual respect on the school bus by providing strategies to cultivate positive relationships.

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