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1,100 school bus drivers, attendants train in ‘Safety Expo’
September 9, 2014
Houston Independent School District’s back-to-school transportation training program includes hands-on drills in railroad crossing safety, gang awareness, student management, hurricane preparedness and other topics. As Transportation General Manager Nathan Graf puts it, “It was not your typical training.”
District changes safety policies for special-needs students after driver arrest
August 26, 2014
Canyons School District in Sandy, Utah, will no longer allow bus drivers to buckle and unbuckle seat belts and restraints after a former bus driver was charged with allegedly molesting two special-needs students. The district will also randomly select buses and review security video daily, as opposed to only when concerns are raised.
School bus monitor falls from moving bus
August 18, 2014
Kentucky State Police report that as the school bus monitor was retrieving a clipboard in the stairwell, the bus driver swerved to avoid mailboxes, and the monitor fell through the door. The monitor was critically injured.
1,600 transportation staff trained in Florida district’s fall conference
August 12, 2014
Orange County Public Schools prepares its school bus drivers, monitors and support staff for the new school year with a two-day event that covers such topics as student discipline, bullying, customer service and safe driving strategies.
District holds training conference for over 400 bus drivers, aides
August 6, 2014
Albuquerque Public Schools' back-to-school event trains transportation personnel on such topics as emergency procedures, behavior intervention and bullying. One session gives school bus drivers tips on "how to avoid ending up on the 10 o’clock news."
Job fair for school bus drivers will be annual event
August 4, 2014
More than 175 prospective bus drivers and attendants take part in the first job fair at Kent ISD. Transportation Coordinator John Savage discusses the turnout of the event, which was a joint effort of 12 school districts and one school bus contractor.
Job fair aims to attract nearly 100 school bus drivers, attendants
July 9, 2014
More than a dozen Michigan school districts and one school bus contractor are holding their first-ever joint job fair to recruit transportation candidates. The operations promote their positions as offering on-the-job training and certification, flexible hours and benefits.
First Student monitor awarded for work with children with disabilities
July 7, 2014
The Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities in Ohio presents Sharon Parker with a Community Starfish Award. Alan Mustard, First Student location manager, says Parker is “dedicated to the children she helps transport, and is committed to making riding the bus a positive experience by showing them care, compassion and respect.”
Bus assistant resigns after being accused of slapping autistic child
July 7, 2014
Pasco County (Fla.) Schools bus assistant James Lambert was charged with two counts of child abuse after allegedly striking a 10-year-old boy for cursing. The district had planned to start the process of terminating his employment, according to a spokeswoman. Lambert had been reprimanded multiple times in the past; however, in none of those instances was he accused of hitting a child.
Bill would mandate special-needs training for drivers, aides
January 31, 2014
The New Jersey legislation would require the commissioner of education to develop such a program, and it would need to include, at minimum, instruction on appropriate behavior management, effective communication, use and operation of adaptive equipment, and understanding behaviors that may be related to specific disabilities.
2 dismissed after disabled student left on bus
January 24, 2014
Missouri officials say that a school bus driver and an aide left a nonverbal 19-year-old in her wheelchair on the bus and then found her at the end of the school day. School staff gave the student fluids and checked her vital signs before taking her home.
Bus assistant reflects on 42-year career at Arizona district
December 17, 2013
Sarah Guilford began working at Washington Elementary School District #6 in Phoenix in one of the school cafeterias, and she became a bus driver three years later. She now works part time as a bus assistant, and she discusses with SBF changes to the industry over the years and her experiences with students.
Fire prompts aide, drivers to distribute smoke detectors
December 5, 2013
Two children in West Virginia died in the fire in their home on Oct. 21. In response, a bus aide and a group of drivers, with the help of the Logan City Fire Department, give out hundreds of free smoke detectors to grade-school children who ride Logan County buses.
Rhode Island lawmaker aims to expand school bus staff checks
November 13, 2013
State Rep. Anthony Giarrusso's son was among the passengers on a school bus whose monitor was arrested on child pornography charges. While the monitor had passed the state background check that Rhode Island requires, Giarrusso says he will introduce a bill to also require national background checks for school bus drivers and monitors.
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.
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.
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.
Colorado team wins special-needs roadeo
March 14, 2013
Myra Walstead and Jesse Hill from Academy School District 20 take first place in the annual National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo. The runner-up teams hail from Georgia and California.
Student tracking app aims to increase reimbursements
March 1, 2013
With the Patron Attendance and Tracking Solution, created by Kevin McGuire of Michigan City (Ind.) Area Schools, bus personnel select students' photos on a tablet as they board or exit the bus. After fully implementing the app on its special-needs buses, the district expects a 20% increase in Medicaid reimbursements.
Update: Fired bus supervisor won't face charges
November 7, 2012
Heidi Mullin was fired after being captured by a cell phone video pushing a 7-year-old student off of her. The county prosecutor finds that while Mullin's actions "were not the best," charges would not be filed against her for pushing the boy away "when he had his coat over her head and she said she had difficulty breathing.”
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