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Special-needs bus driver, aide, rescue student’s father suffering stroke
June 1, 2015
An Alabama bus driver and aide noticed something was wrong when a special-needs student’s father did not show up at her bus stop. They found him in his home suffering a stroke and got him help in time to save his life.
Special-needs student wanders from school bus
June 1, 2015
In New York, a 6-year old with autism ran from his bus after it stopped at his school. The bus aide tried to catch up with him, and police eventually found him safe more than 30 blocks away.
California special-needs conference rescheduled
May 29, 2015
The state’s two-day Transporting Passengers with Special Needs conference that was scheduled for Nov. 17 and 18 will now be held Dec. 8 and 9.
Bus driver enlists funds to send special-needs student to prom
May 29, 2015
The Virginia driver contacted a news station when she learned that the student’s family couldn’t afford to send her to prom. The station paid for the student’s prom outfit, and a local bank donated a $300 gift card to the driver for her good deed.
Special-needs bus driver retires after over 16 years
May 4, 2015
Bill Cook, a bus driver for Rapid City (S.D.) Area Schools, requested routes for special-needs students when he started driving school buses. Staff praised him for making students and their parents comfortable.
Driver accused of slapping autistic student resigns from city council
May 4, 2015
Jeanette Burrage resigned from the Des Moines (Wash.) City Council after being charged with fourth-degree assault. She allegedly slapped a 6-year-old student across the face after he raised his hand as if to strike her.
New York rejects special-needs route bids, awaits employee protections
May 4, 2015
The bids did not include certain protections for experienced bus drivers, so the city delayed the bidding process until a state legislature vote on a law that would reinstate the protections, which were stripped in 2013.
Maine team wins special-needs competition
May 1, 2015
Taking first in the 18th National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo were school bus driver Lisa Gadway and attendant Greg McGoff.
EpiPen bill for school bus drivers advances
April 23, 2015
The Pennsylvania House passes the bill, which aims to ensure training and protections for bus drivers who administer epinephrine autoinjectors to students suffering an allergic reaction.
Special-needs student dropped off alone at wrong bus stop
April 6, 2015
The boy, who suffers seizures, missed getting off at his stop at his daycare center. He had wandered alone for about five minutes and did not have his emergency medication with him.
School bus salesman creates video ‘shout-outs’ for special-needs kids
April 6, 2015
Some YouTube videos created by Erick Vandersnick at Northwest Bus Sales in Washington state not only sell buses but also reach out to kids with special needs who are fans of the vehicles.
Update: New Jersey bill on service animals approved
April 1, 2015
Gov. Chris Christie signs into law legislation that adds school buses to the list of school locations in which students’ service animals are allowed.
Sure-Lok offers new Titan800 retractor
March 31, 2015
The wheelchair securement retractor is designed to meet the latest WC18 industry regulations, which take effect in December 2015.
New Jersey lawmakers OK service animals on school buses
March 2, 2015
The bill, which adds school buses to the list of school locations in which students’ service animals are allowed, awaits the governor’s signature.
Driver fired for leaving student with autism alone on bus
March 2, 2015
The Fulton County (Ga.) Schools driver did not walk through the bus to check for students at the end of the route. The student fell asleep on the bus and was alone for two-and-a-half hours.
Video shows special-needs monitor striking 4-year-old
February 27, 2015
Lillian Jackson is seen allegedly striking the child on the way to Bluffton (S.C.) Elementary School on Feb. 12. She was charged with unlawful conduct toward a child.
ALC wins national contract for student transportation
February 26, 2015
Through the contract with the Cooperative Purchasing Network, ALC can provide school districts with alternative transportation services at nationally leveraged pricing, officials say.
Bus driver accused of tying autistic student to seat
January 30, 2015
Guardians of the 3-year-old boy claim the Denver Public Schools driver tied the boy to his seat because he learned how to unbuckle his harness. A district spokesperson confirmed that the driver “was using an unapproved seat belt-like device," and the district is investigating the incident.
Special-needs student dragged by bus
January 30, 2015
A 6-year-old boy with cerebral palsy was dragged about 15 feet as he was deboarding, possibly due to his jacket getting caught in a groove in the bus’ bottom step. The bus driver was distracted when the incident happened, according to a sheriff’s report.
More special-needs conferences to be held in California
January 30, 2015
The Office of School Transportation events, slated for April 14-15 and Nov. 17-18, will focus on when and how to transport children with special needs.
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