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Special-needs students help assemble restraints
October 7, 2013
About 60 students from a Florida school have been participating in the production of Q'Straint restraints, performing pre-assembly and packaging. The program has helped the students develop job skills and contribute to their own safety in transportation.
Teen drives school bus after fight, causing crash
October 4, 2013
While a bus driver and an aide were breaking up a fight between two special-needs students and checking on one of the students, the other student involved in the fight ran to the front of the bus and began driving it. Another bus driver noticed and drove in front of the bus to cut it off, causing both vehicles to collide.
Driver, attendant comfort students when babysitter is hurt
October 4, 2013
When Mary Bennett, a bus driver for Volusia County Schools, and her attendant, Jackie Murphy, stop to pick up two special-needs students on their route, Bennett hears the students’ babysitter in their home calling for help and sees her on the floor. After Murphy calls 911, she and Bennett help the students onto the bus, and Murphy keeps them calm until emergency response arrives.
Bus floor mock-up built for wheelchair tiedown training
September 9, 2013
The floor features retractable straps for securing a wheelchair in a bus. The supervisor of transportation for Pennsylvania’s Upper Merion Area School District conceived the idea, and Director of Operations Frederick Remelius tells SBF that it has enabled bus drivers and aides to easily practice the procedure several times in the training area instead of having to do it inside a crowded bus.
Funding cuts lead to fewer aides on district’s buses
September 6, 2013
Alpine School District in American Fork, Utah, faced a 5% cut in federal funding for special education due to sequestration, and in working to balance the needs in the classroom and on buses, the district reduced the number of aides for special-needs routes from 100 to 67.
U.S. DOE offers guidance on bullying of special-needs students
September 6, 2013
An official from the Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services blogs on the topic, writing that “IEPs, as well as 504 plans, can be useful in outlining specialized approaches for preventing and responding to bullying, as well as providing additional supports and services to students with disabilities.” Resources with tips are also offered in the post.
Driver, driver trainer complete special-needs program
August 15, 2013
Dale Gorham, lead driver for Stafford County (Va.) Public Schools, and Regina Hancock, driver trainer for Lee’s Summit (Mo.) R-7 School District, earn the Special Needs Transportation Training Endorsement.
Police seek man in ‘road rage’ around school bus
August 6, 2013
A Connecticut woman was buckling her 5-year-old daughter with special needs into her car seat on a school bus when a man exited his car and confronted the bus driver. Authorities say that the man yelled about being delayed and “got into the bus driver’s face.” The same suspect is being sought in a similar “road rage” incident that also involved a special-needs child.
Provider Enterprises sees many benefits from using GPS
August 2, 2013
The New Hampshire company transports about 1,800 special-needs students daily and has been using Navman Wireless’ technology since 2005. CEO Garrett Scholes tells SBF that it has helped to improve driver management, verify drivers’ timecards and verify drivers’ whereabouts in the event of a parental dispute.
3 earn special-needs endorsement
July 25, 2013
Randy Williams of California, Adam Schwartz of Missouri and Catherine Staggs of Alabama are the latest to complete NAPT's Special Needs Transportation Training program.
Why transporters and educators should work together
July 16, 2013

The No. 1 win is for students with disabilities, who through this collaboration will get the most appropriate transportation service in a high-quality, efficient and safe way.

2nd edition of special-needs safety guide available
July 11, 2013
The School Bus Safety Handbook: Choosing and Using Child Safety Restraint Systems and Wheelchairs from Safe Ride News Publications is an updated and expanded edition of its 2009 publication. Officials say it is designed for people at all levels within the pupil transportation industry, and it includes information on school bus features that affect the installation of child safety restraint systems and how to determine the best type of restraint system, among other topics.
Q’Straint to sponsor wheelchair marathons
July 11, 2013
The company will outfit three racers’ wheelchairs with backpacks and provide promotional materials for the rehabilitation centers where the trio visit at each race location during the 50 Ability Marathons. Racers Paul Erway, Grant Berthiaume and Aaron Roux are attempting to compete in 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 weeks to raise money for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.
Aide arrested, charged for allegedly leaving boy on bus
June 27, 2013
Quiana Greene is charged with second-degree cruelty to a child, for which she pleads not guilty. She tells investigators that a school staff member who boarded the bus never called out the child’s name to indicate that he needed to disembark, and Greene assumed the bus was empty.
Durham driver saves special-needs student
June 27, 2013
Linda Wilson of the contractor’s McKinney, Texas, facility resuscitates the child on her bus who had stopped breathing by performing CPR, and she is recognized for her life-saving actions. In other news, in August, Durham will sponsor and employees will participate in the Eighth Annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby, a fundraiser that benefits Special Olympics Illinois.
Georgia, Idaho officials earn special-needs endorsement
June 19, 2013
Melissa Davis of Georgia's DeKalb County Schools and Rex Squires of Idaho's Blaine County School District are the latest to complete the Special Needs Transportation Training program.
Anchors work with Q'Straint and Sure-Lok securements
June 5, 2013
By using the new OMNI Floor Anchor Systems, operators can mix and match retractors and manual belts from both Q’Straint and Sure-Lok. Company officials said that the OMNI line takes the guesswork out of securing passengers in school buses and other vehicles.
Officer back at work after gun fires on special-needs bus
May 31, 2013
The Winchester, Va., police officer had been placed on paid administrative leave, but he resumed his duties after investigators determined that the gun discharging was not his fault. The officer had calmed a disruptive student on the bus and was sitting next to him when the student reached into the officer's holster and squeezed the trigger with his finger, according to police.
Para-athlete to serve as Q’Straint brand ambassador
May 31, 2013
Victoria Arlen is a gold medal-winning para-athlete swimmer who participated in and received top honors at last summer’s Paralympic Games in London, and she was recently chosen to participate in the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Swimming World Championships in Montreal in August. Arlen, whose personal mobility vehicle is equipped with Q’Straint retractors, will appear in Q’Straint ads in national trade publications.
5 more earn special-needs endorsement
May 31, 2013
Susan Hill-Smith, Molly McDonald, Thomas Weeks, Karen Irwin and Doug Drummond are the latest to complete the Special Needs Transportation Training program.

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