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Bus driver resigns after being caught texting
November 16, 2010
School district officials review footage from cameras inside Connie Hankins’ bus after receiving an anonymous call that she was sending text messages while driving. The footage showed Hankins texting on three occasions; on two of those occasions, students were on the bus.
Last call for school bus heroes
November 11, 2010
New feature in SCHOOL BUS FLEET will profile people in pupil transportation who have saved a life or performed some other heroic act. The deadline for nominations is this Friday, Nov. 12.
10 More Ways to Bolster Safety
November 11, 2010

Pupil transportation officials share tips on bus stop safety, pre-trip inspections, emergency communications and more in this sequel to the August issue feature.

Report: Bus driver acted ‘responsibly’ at railway crossing
November 9, 2010
A police investigation reveals that during the incident in Milton, Ontario, the bus driver looked and listened for train traffic, then started moving the bus forward. Signals began to alert the arrival of a train, so the driver stopped immediately. A Canadian Pacific Railway employee who witnessed the incident confirmed that the bus was several meters away from the used service tracks and no one was in any danger.
Parents to sign student bus behavior contracts
November 8, 2010
Officials at an Ohio school district are combating inappropriate bus behavior by introducing a contract that must be signed by parents in order for their children to ride the bus. The contract will inform parents of undesirable bus conduct, including fighting, yelling, eating and drinking.
Students bused after defects found in pedestrian overpass
November 4, 2010
The bridge is removed following a "sudden structural failure." The local school district will shuttle about 100 elementary students across the four-lane street to ensure their safety while the overpass is closed.
Bullying is unacceptable
November 4, 2010

In the wake of a highly publicized incident on a school bus in September, the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) issued a white paper on bullying. It is excerpted here.

Bullying panel stirs emotions at NAPT Summit
November 1, 2010
Attendees conveyed a receptive atmosphere for James Jones, the father who boarded his daughter's bus in September, causing a media sensation. The panel also included a young actor with cerebral palsy from television show Breaking Bad, U.S. Department of Education representative Kevin Jennings, and Thomas Built Buses essay contest winner Chancellor Coger.
SBF to spotlight school bus heroes
October 28, 2010
New feature in SCHOOL BUS FLEET will profile people in pupil transportation who have saved a life or performed some other heroic act.
School bus driver teaches students through songs
October 27, 2010
Susan Flick’s goal is to make students feel a sense of friendship on the bus and establish learning on the way to school. She recently taught them a song about good nutrition and last year, she taught them a rap song about being respectful to others.
Teen who crashed into school bus under investigation for DUI
October 26, 2010
Blood samples have been taken from the driver of a BMW and his two passengers to determine if they had been using drugs or alcohol prior to fatally striking a pedestrian and crashing into the back of a school bus on Monday. A manslaughter charge is likely to be pursued against the driver if he is found to have been under the influence.
Parents push for more visible school bus stops
October 14, 2010
Don and Kimberly Mair have asked a Florida school district’s board to support their efforts to get warning signs posted at bus stops to alert motorists that there might be children in the area. The couple’s daughter, Gabby, was fatally hit by a car in June after being dropped off by her school bus.
Efforts to observe School Bus Safety Week abound
October 13, 2010
A non-profit coalition has issued tips for children, while a school bus contractor and operations from Missouri to Nevada have organized safety lessons and assemblies for students. In Florida, the departments of Education, Transportation, and Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles have developed the “Stop on Red, Kids Ahead” campaign.
ASBC offers presentations on school bus benefits
October 12, 2010
The industry coalition’s Yellow School Bus Champions program provides 5-, 10- and 30-minute presentations that are available for download. They cover the safety, educational and environmental advantages of school bus use.
Report examines contributing factors in fatal vehicle crashes
October 12, 2010
Transportation-related factors include traffic controls, road characteristics and weather impacts; human-related factors include number of people involved, drunken driving and light conditions.
School bus trainer saves choking student
October 7, 2010
Oscar Juracan noticed that a boy on the bus was not breathing, and the trainer quickly responded to perform abdominal thrusts on the elementary student. Spring (Texas) ISD requires all of its trainers to take a CPR course.
Driver evades gang members following bus after on-board fight
October 7, 2010
After a student involved in a fight on the bus jumped from the rear emergency door and got in a car with two other men to follow the bus, Harnett County school bus driver Sha-Wana Cameron was able to evade the car and contact police.
Police investigating suspicious object placed underneath school bus
September 30, 2010
The Gwinnett County (Ga.) Police Department received a call from a passerby reporting that she observed a female exit her vehicle and place an object underneath a school bus as it was stopped for traffic at an intersection. Police, FBI and fire officials are investigating the incident.
Dispatch from the Distracted Driving Summit
September 28, 2010
At the national summit last week, North Carolina state pupil transportation director Derek Graham had a realization about the school bus industry’s cause. He describes the experience in this editorial.
Video: District plans bus loop redesign to improve safety
September 28, 2010
Hyde Park (N.Y.) Central School District has created an information page on its Website featuring its proposed plan to redesign the bus loop at its middle school. The page includes minutes from public input meetings and a video illustrating the district's motivations for the redesign.

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