The aide allegedly threatened to kick the crying student off the bus if he didn’t quiet down and pinned him against the side of the bus for seven minutes, and the driver did not intervene. The two lost an appeal to keep their unemployment benefits.
School bus video footage shows the driver and a school aide holding down a 15-year-old boy with cerebral palsy and epilepsy, who was in a restraint at the time, and the driver slapping him. The driver has resigned.
Goss, a former school transportation director and a longtime industry expert for Q’Straint, died on Jan. 3. Q’Straint will dedicate its training facility in his name.
Mona Clifton has worked with children with special needs all 22 years of her career. Meanwhile, new school bus driver Jennifer Rieder plans to follow in the footsteps of her father, who drove school buses for the same Ohio district and recently retired.
A school transportation agency in California concludes a trial test of biometric iris scanners to track students as they board and exit buses.
Candice Milford of New Jersey was charged with theft after allegedly stealing money that was intended for class trips from five students between the ages of 6 and 9.
The mother of a boy with autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is concerned over a change from him riding a special-needs bus to a regular bus. Seminole County (Fla.) Public Schools no longer has the resources to provide special-needs buses, but does have monitors on buses, officials say.
Thomas Naime, who had been a bus driver for Omaha (Neb.) Public Schools, was found guilty of caretaker neglect and fined $250 for leaving a pre-K student who depends on a feeding tube and has selective mutism on a bus in August.
The new law requires the development of a training program for New Jersey school bus drivers and aides on interacting with special-needs students.
Iowa’s Charlene Beaderstadt drove school buses for 30 years before retiring. Four months later, she was back on a yellow bus, this time attending to special-needs students.
Debbie Brown of Maryland noticed a student in pain and having problems walking due to a prosthetic leg that kept falling off, and she helped coordinate getting her a new prosthetic free of charge.
Key features of the new Type A include enhanced driver visibility, improved fuel economy and a narrow body with easier maneuverability, company officials say.
Honorees include special-needs transportation expert Kala Henkensiefken and school bus driver Alice Bradley, who was credited with thwarting a potential school shooting.
The transportation department at Richmond, Virginia-based Henrico County Public Schools serves 75 schools and about 29,000 students. It devised an efficient hub system to accommodate a four-tier bell schedule to transport students to their schools on time.
Video shows the Angleton (Texas) Independent School District monitor allegedly hitting a special-needs student several times with a seat belt buckle and a folder. She is charged with felony injury to a disabled person.