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Shooter response training draws captive audience
November 10, 2014
A live-action event at the NAPT Summit brings in a SWAT team to demonstrate a response to an active shooter on a school bus.
10 killed in school bus danger zone last school year
October 29, 2014
The latest national survey of school bus loading and unloading fatalities finds that in the 2013-14 school year, six children were killed by passing vehicles, and four were fatally struck by their own bus.
Prop arms help train drivers to check mirrors thoroughly
October 27, 2014
The prop arms can be placed around school buses to encourage drivers to look closely for, as an example, a child bending down to pick up a dropped item.
School bus driver's smile went a long way
October 16, 2014

Valerie Robertino was impatient to get home when she pulled up behind a school bus with its red lights flashing and stop arm extended. As she waited behind the bus, what she saw cut through her bad mood and left a lasting impression on her.

GreenRoad driver feedback app offered on Zonar tablet
October 7, 2014
The fleet telematics providers complete an agreement to offer GreenRoad’s real-time driver feedback and driver behavior monitoring application on Zonar’s 2020 mobile tablet. In other news, Zonar installs its 300,000th telematics unit.
Linda Bluth retires, but keeps busy in transportation
September 25, 2014
Special-needs transportation expert Dr. Linda Bluth has officially retired from her position at the Maryland State Department of Education, but a full schedule of speaking engagements, consulting work and other activities is keeping her plugged into the pupil transportation community.
District defends driver for keeping kids on bus
September 24, 2014
Salt Lake City Schools and one of its bus drivers face scrutiny from some parents after the driver pulls over on a route because kids are unruly and refuses to them out. District officials review the bus video and say the driver did everything right, and that the situation escalated because of a parent who showed up with a bat, demanded that his student be let off and threatened the life of the driver.
School bus driver recounts near-miss with tree in storm
September 22, 2014
Brad Clark, a bus driver for La Mesa (Calif.) Spring Valley School District, was driving his bus through a strong rainstorm in mid-September when an 80-foot eucalyptus tree fell in the street, and his bus slammed into it. Neither he nor the five special-needs students aboard the bus were harmed.
Drivers attend funeral for Ohio bus driver who died saving student
September 22, 2014
A line of school buses were parked outside funeral services held for school bus driver Laura Zborowski, who was killed last week when she was run over by her school bus at Middlebury Academy in Akron. The program for the service said that Zborowski “died as she lived, putting the needs of others before her own.”
Bus driver dies after saving student from rolling bus
September 17, 2014
In Akron, Ohio, school bus driver Laura Zborowski was conducting emergency evacuation drills with students when the bus began to roll. Police say that Zborowski pushed a 10-year-old girl out of the path of the bus and attempted to board the bus to stop it, but the driver was pulled under the vehicle.
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.”
Bus driver takes special-needs student to wrong school
September 8, 2014
A Hillsborough County (Fla.) Public Schools driver did not conduct a sweep of the bus after transporting students to their elementary school, and didn’t see the 9-year-old child sleeping on one of the rear seats when the bus stopped at the school. The driver continued on to pick up more students and transport them to their school, and, 40 minutes later, noticed the child and took her back to her school. The district is conducting an investigation.
MSBOA offers school bus child-check safety kit
August 14, 2014
The Minnesota School Bus Operators Association develops a training tool to remind drivers to check their bus for sleeping children. The kit includes nine posters with slogans like “Children Need Protection! Do Your Post-Trip Inspection.”
Post-accident Procedures Committees Key in Prevention
August 13, 2014

Whether using a committee or more informal arrangement, selecting the right members, having procedures in place in advance for determining preventable measures and driver retraining are crucial.  

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."
New training program targets response to downed power lines
August 4, 2014
The program, "Safe Practices for Downed Power Lines," was developed by the National Association for Pupil Transportation and the School Bus Safety Co. The two organizations worked with experts from the power industry to create the training for school bus drivers and students.
School bus caught in sagging power lines
August 4, 2014
School officials in British Columbia say that the bus driver evacuated the passengers in this case because the downed wires had sparked a small fire. However, the officials say, "Normally passengers are advised to stay inside the vehicle if live electrical wires are a factor."
School bus safety videos show responses to shooter
July 25, 2014
The Indiana State Police's two new videos depict the unarmed responses of a school bus driver to active shooter scenarios. The videos are designed to be used as a training tool for drivers to reduce potential injuries and fatalities that could result during violent acts.
3 previous winners take top spots in bus safety competition
July 22, 2014
At the 44th Annual School Bus Driver International Safety Competition, hosted in Charleston, South Carolina, by the National School Transportation Association, three previous winners again take top spots: Billy Wiseman of West Virginia, in the conventional category; Russell Alitzer of Virginia, in the small bus category; and John Welsh of Pennsylvania, in the transit category.
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