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July 12, 2010  |   Comments (2)   |   Post a comment

Special-needs transportation training curriculum updated


SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Pupil Transportation Safety Institute’s (PTSI) Transporting Students with Disabilities training curriculum has been revised.

The comprehensive 18-hour curriculum, which is designed for bus drivers and attendants who transport students with special needs, has been rewritten and updated for 2009 to comply with current IDEA regulations and industry standards.

The program is divided into nine standalone units that cover the following topics:

    • Introduction to transporting school-age students and young children with disabilities
    • Characteristics of school-age students with disabilities
    • Legal aspects for transporting infants and toddlers, preschool children and school-age students with disabilities
    • The importance of communication
    • Behavior management strategies
    • Safe loading, unloading and transport
    • Special preparation for emergencies
    • Transporting students who are medically complex
    • Driver and attendant responsibilities

The new edition of the curriculum can be ordered at

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Here is a link to the training materials in PTSI's online store.

Claire, SBF Senior Editor    |    Jul 12, 2010 04:44 PM

Thank you for posting this information. Went to the PTSI link in the story and could not find additional information or the cost of the revised course, 'Transporting Students with Disabilities.' Is a direct link to the course available? Are you going to discuss the course in a future article? Most interested in how the course presents methods to dealing with violence including bullies on the school bus, and also how they present discipline for drivers and monitors that leave behind a child sleeping on the school bus. (jk) Do your managers know new legal threat of workplace bullying? June 11, 2010 by Tim Gould NEW FOR 2010 SCHOOL YEAR! Stopping bullying on the school buses - Fast Track slide presentation to help stop bullying on the school buses. Includes class handouts. Free to use in self-study, for class training, and for presentation to the school board. (See Post # 14)

James Kraemer    |    Jul 12, 2010 12:28 PM

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