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Woman vandalizes buses, goes on joyride
December 2, 2011
Jillian Tetterton is arrested after she damages seven buses at a North Carolina primary school and then steals one used to transport special-needs students, with plans to take it to California. She faces multiple charges.
Special-needs driver acts quickly before bus fire
December 2, 2011
Kay Brown is praised for safely evacuating the students from her bus after she notices smoke coming from the engine compartment. The bus erupts into flames a short time later.
Focused on occupant safety
November 10, 2011

Ricon Corp.’s K and S Series wheelchair lifts feature an interlocked restraint belt, as well as barriers to prevent excessive rolling on the platform. The company offers training for operators and technicians.

Ariz. driver named Special Needs Driver of the Year
November 7, 2011
Cyndi Masters of Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District No. 6 receives the honor at the annual Arizona Association for Pupil Transportation Fall Conference last month. Masters, who is the fourth district driver to receive the honor in 15 years, gives her winnings to the district's transportation department for a special fund.
12th person completes NAPT special-needs training
November 7, 2011
Tami Lynn Cooper is an employee of Student Transportation of America in Goleta, Calif. The NAPT Special Needs Training Program consists of six special-needs courses in a variety of different settings, including a school bus roadeo and a trade show, and it is supplemented by two courses from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program.
Wheelchair use study discussed at NAPT Summit
November 7, 2011
Mary Ellen Buning of the University of Louisville in Kentucky spoke to attendees about the preliminary findings and data from a Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center study on wheelchair use and safety in school transportation. Bus drivers and attendants were surveyed and asked questions related to training, wheelchair securement and lap-shoulder restraints, among other topics.
Va. DOE reviews district’s special-needs training procedures
November 7, 2011
The announcement comes after a $20 million suit was filed against the Bedford County school system over alleged beatings transportation aides administered to a severely autistic student in 2009. The incident was reportedly captured on the bus’ surveillance camera.
Specific special-needs evacuations: TBI and near drowning
November 7, 2011

Students who have suffered a traumatic brain injury or near drowning will require close physical safeguards and assistance in a bus evacuation. The commotion could set off a seizure.

Bus driver recommends student for sports wheelchair
October 3, 2011
Jordan Avis receives the new wheelchair from a foundation that raises money to benefit special-needs students during an assembly at his high school. Avis' school bus driver alerted the foundation that Avis' regular wheelchair, which he was using while playing basketball, was falling apart.
2 more pupil transporters complete NAPT special-needs training
September 30, 2011
Michele Drorbaugh of Seattle Public Schools and Jeffrey A. Finfrock of Student Transportation of America’s terminal in Carnegie, Pa., are the 10th and 11th people, respectively, to complete the association’s Special Needs Transportation Training Program. The program provides transportation personnel serving students with disabilities with access to educational opportunities at both local and national conferences.
Specific Special-Needs Evacuations: OI
September 30, 2011

Students with osteogenesis imperfecta have bones that break easily. In spite of the urgency of a school bus evacuation, these passengers must be moved slowly and carefully.

Special-needs conference to offer over 40 hours of training
September 15, 2011
Registration is now open for the 2012 National Conference on Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers, to be held in Orlando, Fla., March 9-14. Sessions will include “Compliance Versus Excellence,” “Medications on the School Bus,” and “Couples Therapy” — for relationships between transportation and special-ed departments.
Revamping special-needs bus routes leads to promotion
September 12, 2011
Sonya Smith began as transportation secretary at Calhoun County (Ala.) Schools. After proving her expertise by reworking routes for special-needs students, Smith was hired as the district's first route specialist.
First Canadian pupil transporter completes NAPT special-needs training
September 12, 2011
Shelley Fletcher-Halls, an employee of STC Elliott Coach Lines, is the ninth person overall to complete the association's Special Needs Transportation Training Program. The program comprises six special-needs courses in a variety of settings and is supplemented by two courses of elective instruction from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program.
Former bus driver receives light sentence for DUI
September 9, 2011
Christine Rogers is sentenced to 72 hours to three months in prison, 104 hours of community service and fined $1,000 for driving impaired while transporting a special-needs student last year. Rogers’ attorney had asked for leniency in sentencing due to her remorse for the incident and her abstention from any drugs or alcohol since her arrest.
Specific Special-Needs Evacuations: Spina Bifida
September 9, 2011

This condition is a birth defect that involves incomplete development of the spinal cord, often resulting in paralysis of a student’s lower extremities. Many with spina bifida will be totally dependent on the bus staff, so a well thought out evacuation plan is critical. Part 4 of this series also covers spinal cord injuries.

District: Student’s fall from bus ‘could have been avoided’
July 29, 2011
Officials arrive at this conclusion following an investigation of a June incident in which a special-needs student jumped from the rear exit of the moving bus and fell onto a freeway. A district spokesman says the driver and aide did not adhere to district policy — the aide, for instance, was sitting at the front of the bus instead of in the middle to monitor students.
Former bus driver to serve 25 years for molesting student
July 29, 2011
Richard Evans is sentenced to 25 years and four months in prison for picking up a special-needs student on his bus, pulling into a residential neighborhood and molesting her late last year. The crime was captured on surveillance tape.
Teens convicted, bus driver charged in special-needs student assault
July 29, 2011
A 15- and 16-year-old plead guilty and receive 60 days in a juvenile detention center in Lynchburg, Va., and probation for assaulting the student on a school bus. The bus driver is charged with felony child neglect for failing to intervene.
Specific Special-Needs Evacuations: SMA
July 29, 2011

Part 3 of this series focuses on spinal muscular atrophy, which is a group of inherited diseases that cause progressive muscle degeneration and weakness. Knowing how to carry passengers with this condition on an evacuation device and including a nurse in training drills will help to ensure their safety.

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