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To lessen shortage, district lets attendants take a test-drive
February 10, 2015
Humble (Texas) Independent School District invited its bus attendants to take part in a ride-and-drive event, allowing them to try driving a school bus in the safety of a large parking lot. Nearly all the attendants who participated have decided to start training to become school bus drivers.
Bolstering specialized training for school bus drivers
January 26, 2015

More districts are including cross training among drivers of both general-education and special-needs students. This will enable them to step into a different bus situation and transport all students in their care safely.

Pupil transportation legal expert Peggy Burns to retire
January 6, 2015
After two decades of serving as a vital resource on legal issues for the pupil transportation industry, Burns will retire at the end of 2015.
National Express names winners of safety poster contest
December 11, 2014
The school bus contracting firm’s 2014 contest drew more than 230 submissions, and winners in four categories earned $1,000 each.
Kansas School Bus Safety Unit veteran to retire
December 11, 2014
Debbie Romine, who has been a fixture in pupil transportation safety training and other programs in Kansas for 26 years, will retire on Dec. 19.
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.

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