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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.
Bolstering specialized training for school bus drivers
January 26, 2015

More districts are including cross training among drivers of both general-education and special-needs students. This will enable them to step into a different bus situation and transport all students in their care safely.

Bus aide charged with attacking autistic student
January 5, 2015
Clara McGriff, a monitor in Polk County, Florida, allegedly hit the boy while he was restrained in a harness and pressed him against the side of a bus numerous times. She is facing child abuse charges and has been suspended without pay.
District apologizes for taking blind student’s cane as punishment
January 5, 2015
North Kansas City (Mo.) Schools apologized for confiscating a blind student’s cane last month and giving him a foam tube to use instead. The boy threw the cane into the air as he was tapping it to music while on the bus, and school officials thought he was getting violent.
Special-needs kindergartner left alone on bus for 7 hours
December 31, 2014
A driver for North Thurston School District in Lacey, Washington, resigned last month after admitting to not completing a check of his bus. The 6-year-old boy was supposed to be dropped off at a day care center, but was found later that evening asleep on the bus.
Matt Scheuler named president of Collins Bus Corp.
December 22, 2014
Scheuler, previously VP of sales and marketing, has risen through the ranks since joining the Type A school bus manufacturer in 2001.
Bus monitor accused of taping student’s mouth shut
December 2, 2014
The autistic student’s brother said the monitor, who worked for the Austin (Texas) Independent School District, did it because “he repeats a lot of stuff.” District police are investigating the alleged incident.
Alleged assault of special-needs teen settled for $13K
December 1, 2014
The lawsuit alleged that a school bus monitor in East Hartford, Connecticut, assaulted a 13-year-old girl with special needs, but town officials disputed the suit's account.
Idaho special-needs bus set on fire
December 1, 2014
The wheelchair-accessible bus, which was burned around 5 a.m. on Nov. 8, belongs to Horseshoe Bend School District. The bus is a total loss and the case is being treated as arson.
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