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Former school bus monitor pleads guilty to hitting special-needs student
September 11, 2015
The former monitor for Colonial Heights (Va.) Public Schools admits she struck a 6-year-old boy who hit her. She pleads guilty to assault and battery of a child, receives a suspended jail sentence, and must take parenting classes, and complete community service and an anger management program.
School bus driver faces over 50 misdemeanor counts for braking incident
September 11, 2015
A Pennsylvania school bus driver allegedly slammed on the brakes to get the attention of unruly students on the bus, and several suffered injuries.
Student accused of threatening to stab, shoot others on school bus
September 10, 2015
Students reported to the Ohio high school's principal that the girl yelled the threats. She may be charged with aggravated menacing and expelled from school.
School bus driver accused of pushing student down stairs
August 31, 2015
A North Carolina bus driver allegedly grabs an 8-year-old boy and throws him down the bus’ stairs after he asks him to do a head count and the boy says no. The driver is charged with assault on a child under age 12 and is suspended with pay.
Clearing Communication Hurdles with Parents
August 27, 2015

Barriers to clear communication, such as parents being less available, overwhelmed with information and not understanding the rules, can be overcome by meeting in person whenever possible, laying out specific rules and consequences, and providing access to real-time arrival information.

Student's cell phone video didn't tell the whole story
August 7, 2015

The district could have avoided embarrassment — for the school bus driver and for itself — by not passing judgment until after conducting a thorough investigation.

NHTSA chief: Some ‘unintended consequences’ of school bus seat belts are positive
July 31, 2015
In an exclusive interview with School Bus Fleet, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind discusses key points from the agency’s public meeting, and options for what NHTSA may propose this fall.
Seat belts, student behavior discussed at NHTSA meeting
July 24, 2015
The agency's public meeting looks at the barriers and benefits of seat belts on large school buses, as well as other approaches aimed at increasing safety.
School bus driver reflects on 55 years at the wheel
June 17, 2015
Lois King, a driver for Fauquier County (Va.) Public Schools since 1960, shares her strategy for behavior management and the reason she started shuttling students.
District apologizes for calling for school bus driver’s firing
June 4, 2015
Officials from an Alberta school district change their stance after seeing a second video of a school bus incident that shows a student hitting the driver with a bag.
Special-needs student wanders from school bus
June 1, 2015
In New York, a 6-year old with autism ran from his bus after it stopped at his school. The bus aide tried to catch up with him, and police eventually found him safe more than 30 blocks away.
The case for audio monitoring on school buses
March 10, 2015
Audio monitoring can help deter and resolve verbal conflicts, bullying accusations and general bad behavior. But privacy concerns must be addressed.
District to launch school bus seat belt study
March 5, 2015
Westfield (Ind.) Washington Schools will work with IMMI on a pilot program to retrofit six of the district’s buses with lap-shoulder belts.
Department Boosts Behavior Training, Improves Bus Environment
February 17, 2015

Raytown (Mo.) Quality Schools practices Positive Behavior Support, which drastically reduced write-ups for minor infractions and bullying. The approach refocuses the spotlight on students who follow the bus rules instead of those who cause trouble to get attention, and emphasizes teaching students how to meet behavior expectations.

Bus driver’s book teaches safety to young riders
January 14, 2015
Lorraine Fletcher has been driving a school bus for seven years, and she drew on her experience as she penned Go Where the Bus Goes.
Special-needs student hospitalized after falling from moving bus
October 31, 2014
New York student A.J. Pediford, 12, opened the emergency door on a school bus, then fell or jumped to the ground and suffered a serious head injury.
24% drop in behavior referrals reported with bus tip line
October 24, 2014
Students at Wentzville (Mo.) R-IV School District can call or text the school bus tip line to report bullying or other issues.
STI kicks off 4th annual bullying prevention awareness month campaign
October 1, 2014
“Operation: Bully Free Buses” will include events and activities raising awareness of bullying prevention and promoting kindness while continuing to educate Student Transportation Inc. bus drivers and other employees on how to prevent bullying on the school bus. The company is also promoting an anti-bullying photo contest.
Utah district revives student bus safety training following fatal accident
September 15, 2014
Jordan School District brought back a program that trains elementary school students in school bus safety basics after a 10-year-old student was fatally struck by a bus after getting off another bus in May. The district had ended the program in 2009 when it split.
District aims to get parents on board with new bus code of conduct
August 1, 2014
Danville (Va.) Public Schools’ new conduct policy for its school bus riders seeks to better inform and involve parents. Michael Adkins, director of transportation service, explains how the policy was developed and how it was tested on four buses — which he says experienced “dramatic changes” in student behavior.
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