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District considering EpiPen training for bus drivers
February 1, 2010
Officials from a Massachusetts school district are planning to discuss with its contractor the possibility of training school bus drivers on how to use EpiPens. A state law going into effect in March will require the training only for new school bus drivers.
District must increase security for special-needs students on buses
February 1, 2010
Under a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, a Tennessee school district is required to enhance the safety of students with disabilities by taking such steps as staffing monitors to assist drivers on all special-needs buses. The settlement is the result of a lawsuit stemming from episodes of peer-on-peer sexual harassment on buses operated by the district.
Bus in fatal crash was not school bus
January 8, 2010
Some national and even international media outlets reported that an Ohio accident on Thursday involved multiple fatalities on a school bus. The vehicle was actually a shuttle-type paratransit bus carrying adults with special needs.
Edupro extends early bird conference registration
January 4, 2010
Deadline for discounted registration for special-needs event extended to Jan. 21. A newly added session will cover how one school district trimmed $1.5 million from its transportation budget while improving special-ed busing.
District responsible for damages in special-needs bus case
January 4, 2010
The Colorado Supreme Court has determined that a school district is liable for the actions of a bus driver who is accused of hitting a special-needs student. The case will now return to district court.
New edition of special-needs transportation manual available
January 4, 2010
NAPT offers the fourth edition of Transporting Children with Disabilities, which contains resources to help pupil transporters meet the needs of students with various disabilities. It is also designed to serve as the curriculum for a special-needs certification course.
Feds give guidance on special-needs transportation
December 7, 2009
New Q&A document from the U.S. Department of Education provides clarification on IDEA regulations for transporting students with disabilities. Topics covered include communication, mainstreaming on regular routes and climate control on buses.
D.C. petitions for control of pupil transportation system
December 7, 2009
In a court filing, city officials reportedly lauded D.C. Public Schools Transportation Administrator David Gilmore for establishing a well-run school bus system and believe it is time to return control to local authorities. The city hopes to have control of the transportation system, which only serves special-needs students, by July 2010.
Bus aide fired for misconduct
December 7, 2009
The aide, who worked for a Maryland school district, reportedly held a special-needs boy’s head out the window of his moving school bus following a discipline problem. The district’s transportation director may increase training for bus drivers and aides in light of the incident.
Winner named for special-needs conference scholarship
December 2, 2009
American Logistics will fund an all-expenses paid trip for Betsy Schulthess, transportation safety coordinator at an Illinois school district, to attend the 2010 National Conference and Exhibition on Transporting Students With Disabilities and Preschoolers.
NAPT speaker gives insight on working with special-needs students
November 9, 2009
Teena Fitzroy, who grew up with cerebral palsy, told the story of her education, career path and family life, focusing on the perspective of those with disabilities.
Power pole falls on special-needs bus, no one injured
November 9, 2009
The small bus sustained only minor damage and none of the eight passengers suffered any injuries. One of the bus' mirrors may have snagged a support wire, causing the pole to break and fall.
Special-needs students will have smoother ride to school
November 9, 2009
The city of Calgary paved a gravel road full of potholes last month after parents filed a human rights complaint. The parents were concerned that riding over the uneven road in school buses would injure students in wheelchairs.
2010 special-needs event to address timely topics
November 9, 2009
The National Conference and Exhibition on Transporting Students with Disabilities and Preschoolers will cover such issues as the challenging aspects of transporting students with special needs, seating support and occupant restraint, and how to avoid unintended consequences of reducing expenses.
Blue Bird, Girardin consolidate Type A lines
October 19, 2009
The manufacturers merge their Type A bus products and distribution into one entity, dubbed Micro Bird Inc....
NAPT to unveil special needs certification in Louisville
October 16, 2009
The addition to NAPT’s professional development series includes 32 hours of training curriculum; trainees in the program must attend a school bus roadeo and trade show....
School bus driver saves choking student
October 5, 2009
Here, Grant Reppert, director of transportation at Gwinnett County Public Schools, describes how one of the district’s drivers saved the life...
Q&A: Still secure after 25 years
October 5, 2009
As Q’Straint hits a milestone, President Jean-Marc Girardin discusses the company’s continuing quest to bolster the safety of passengers who use w...
Parking sweep causes hardship for special-needs driver
October 5, 2009
CARPENTERSVILLE, Ill. — Village board and staff here have recently initiated a crackdown on vehicles over a certain weight parking in residential are...
3 killed as car collides with special-needs bus
October 5, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. — A passenger car collided head-on with an Altar Valley School District bus on Sept. 22, causing three fatalites.

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