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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.

Specific Special-Needs Evacuations: DMD
July 14, 2011

Part 2 of this series focuses on Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which causes deterioration of muscle tissue in boys. Knowing how to lift these passengers properly is critical for a safe emergency exit from the bus.

Special-needs student survives fall from bus on freeway
July 8, 2011
The boy only sustains lacerations after falling out of the bus' rear emergency exit. District officials say freeway noise may have prevented the driver from hearing an alarm signaling that the door was open. When an attendant goes to check on the student, she sees the door is partially open and that the boy is not in the bus.
Review: Transporting Students With Special Needs
July 8, 2011
Special-needs transportation specialist Cheryl Wolf writes that this training course by the School Bus Safety Co. is a "great resource" that provides a large amount of information on the topic. The program includes a driver’s job aid that can be placed on the bus as a step-by-step reminder of best practices.
NAPT special-needs training program offered nationwide
July 8, 2011
The association’s Special Needs Training Program will be available throughout the year at various events around the country. The curriculum explores such issues as the legal basis for special-needs transportation, and activities include observation of or participation in a special-needs roadeo and attendance at a trade show featuring special-needs products and services.
Theme announced for 2012 special-needs conference
June 9, 2011
“Ready to Learn” is the theme for Edupro Group's 21st Transporting Students With Disabilities & Preschoolers event. Topics that will be covered include administering medications, companion animals, student disabilities and the bus ride, and participating in the IEP process.
Q'Straint to hold free training seminar
June 6, 2011
The company's eighth annual National Training Seminar will provide in-depth instruction on how to operate its wheelchair securement systems. Sessions include transit/fixed route, paratransit and school bus.
California DOE offers special-needs transportation conference
June 6, 2011
The Office of School Transportation's two-day Transporting Children with Special Needs Conference will be held at two locations this month. Course topics to be covered include pupil loading and unloading, accident investigation and documentation.
Bus driver credited with saving special-needs student’s life
June 2, 2011
After noticing that Connor DiLorenzo is choking, Danny Waldrum pulls his bus over, calls 911, checks to see if the boy is breathing and administers an abdominal thrust, which dislodges a small pebble from his throat. A paramedic who responded to the incident says “it's absolutely possible” DiLorenzo could have lost his life without Waldrum's quick action.
Special-needs bus driver arrested for DWI
June 2, 2011
Officers pull Elizabeth Anaya over for running a red light and find an empty bottle of rum in her jacket pocket and an open can of beer in between her legs. A blood alcohol test reveals Anaya’s alcohol level is nearly twice the legal limit. She is charged with driving while intoxicated, running a red light and possession of an open alcohol container in a motor vehicle.
REMINDER: Study seeks to improve wheelchair transport safety
May 5, 2011
School bus drivers and attendants are asked to share their experiences in a survey being conducted by university researchers. The outcome is expected to help bolster the safety of wheelchair-seated students by identifying needs for improved technologies, standards and training. The survey, which was announced in March, will close at the end of this month.
Driver, aide arrested for leaving special-needs student on bus
May 2, 2011
Police say the women discovered the child when they returned for their afternoon route and tried to cover up the incident. They are are charged with child neglect and leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle.
Pupil transporters complete NAPT special-needs program
April 28, 2011
Officials in New York, North Carolina and Virginia successfully complete the association’s Special Needs Transportation Training Program. The program consists of 24 hours of education in a variety of settings. The core curriculum is supplemented by eight hours of elective instruction from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program.
Industry veteran pens paper on travel training
April 28, 2011
Ted Finlayson-Schueler, president of Safety Rules!, explores accommodations that can be made within school bus service to help special-needs students develop some of the skills needed to successfully transition to riding public transit buses as adults in “School Bus Travel Training,” which he discusses with SBF.

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