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Writing an effective special-needs transportation manual
June 1, 2002

At one point or another in our professional lives we've all been handed an employee manual filled with regulatory code and overly complex explanations...

Carrying Medical Information on the Bus
April 1, 2002
There is no federal standard requiring student medical information on school buses, regardless of whether or not the buses transport students with spe...
Van-Related Deaths Raise Concerns
April 1, 2002
On March 23, a 15-passenger van transporting members of a track team from Missoula, Mont., swerved off an interstate highway and crashed into a tree. ...
Special-Needs Training Topics
April 1, 2002
Although it seems obvious, one of the best ways to determine the training needs of your special-needs drivers and aides is to simply ask them. Rather ...
Dealing With the Parental Grief Cycle
March 1, 2002
Drivers of special-need students are often taken on an emotional roller coaster with the parents of the students they transport. “There were days when...
Colorado Clamps Down on Vans
March 1, 2002
Beginning July 1, the Colorado School Districts Self Insurance Pool (CSDSIP) will stop adding new or used 15-passenger vans to its insurance coverage....
Special Handling for Students with Trachs
March 1, 2002
Located at the front of the neck, a tracheotomy (also called a stoma) is a surgical opening into the windpipe through which an artificial airway or tr...
Tranporting Medically Fragile or Technology-Assisted Students
March 1, 2002

Ray Turner, Ed.D., provided the pupil transportation community a valuable resource when he wrote “Transporting Medically Fragile or Technology-A...

Transporting All Students Equally
February 1, 2002
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) plans to integrate approximately 35,000 disabled students into regular classes and bus routes by 2006 ...
L.A. Unified to Mainstream Special-Needs
February 1, 2002
In an overhaul slated to take until 2006, the Los Angeles Unified School District will begin integrating its 35,000 special-needs students into regula...
Transporting the Visually Impaired
February 1, 2002
When greeting a person with a severe loss of vision, always identify yourself and others who may be with you. For example: “On my right is the bus ass...
Loading Kids Who Use Walkers/Crutches
February 1, 2002
Loading procedure: 1. Student walks to base of bus steps. 2. Adult stands behind student and helps him or her maintain balance while ascending steps...
Send Drivers Into the Classroom
January 1, 2002

How can we better educate our staff in charge of transporting students with special needs? Most districts offer in-service training on characteristics...

Paying Parents for Transportation
January 1, 2002
When transportation is provided under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), it must be provided at no cost to a parent. Transportati...
Dealing with Hearing-Impaired Riders
December 1, 2001

Because ability levels range widely among students with hearing impairments, it is vital that drivers and assistants work with students and their teac...

Securing Special-Needs Equipment on the Bus
November 1, 2001

With the bulk of medical and therapeutic equipment student transporters are required to haul these days, it’s easy to feel like you are driving ...

Special-needs handbook digs beneath the surface
September 1, 2001

One can immediately tell from the size of the table of contents (24 pages) that Dr. Ray Turner had his work cut out for him when he wrote his "Special...

Special-needs institute paves new ground for Texas operators.
August 1, 2001

The inaugural two-day Summer Institute on Transporting Students with Disabilities was held June 7 and 8 at the Region IV Education Service Center (ESC...

Safe Transportation of Motorized Wheelchairs and Scooters
June 1, 2001

There is no doubt that motorized wheelchairs are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Some motorized wheelchairs have power tilt and power recline cap...

Keys to Proper Spec'ing of Wheelchair Lifts
June 1, 2001

With so many new types of wheelchairs on the market, spec'ing a wheelchair lift for a school bus has become a complex task.

Some help is availab...

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