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Driver, driver trainer complete special-needs program
August 15, 2013
Dale Gorham, lead driver for Stafford County (Va.) Public Schools, and Regina Hancock, driver trainer for Lee’s Summit (Mo.) R-7 School District, earn the Special Needs Transportation Training Endorsement.
Former bus driver doesn’t regret breaking up fight
August 13, 2013
Leon Harris was seriously injured in 2003 after a student hit him with a fire extinguisher when he intervened in a fight between students on his bus. The story comes on the heels of a recent incident in Pinellas County, Fla., in which one school bus passenger was severely beaten by three others. The bus driver complied with district policy, commanding the students to stop fighting and radioing dispatch for help, but not physically intervening.
Houston school bus staff trains on survival rescue
August 12, 2013
More than 1,200 school bus drivers and attendants are taking part in mock emergency drills to prepare them for a variety of crises. The drills simulate the effects of a fire on a school bus, an armed intruder and a wreck involving a train, among other scenarios.
Indiana district teaching bus drivers Spanish
August 8, 2013
Twenty-one bus drivers are learning the language as part of a program that was started to help them better communicate with a growing number of Latino students in the area. The drivers are learning just enough Spanish to make the students comfortable, such as being able to welcome the kids on the first day of school.
State directors: NTSB findings will be 'roadmap' for enhancing safety
August 5, 2013
NASDPTS says that the federal agency's investigation of the Chesterfield, N.J., school bus crash pointed out a number of student transportation concerns, including driver fatigue and medications. Also, NASDPTS says that the findings reinforce the association's support of lap-shoulder belts for school buses, as long as funding is made available for them.
District’s drivers undergo bus security training
August 5, 2013
Los Banos (Calif.) Unified School District drivers receive training from the sheriff’s department to help them prepare in the event that their bus is attacked by a gunman. The training addresses how to react to the circumstances calmly and use sound judgment.
10 factors that affect vehicle dynamics
August 1, 2013

Understanding vehicle dynamics will help the driver maintain optimum control of the bus, which is essential to maintaining student safety. Here, factors ranging from tires and centrifugal force to weight shift and acceleration are addressed.

NSTA supports NTSB recommendations on occupant protection
July 26, 2013
The school bus contractors group says that its 2007 Statement on Occupant Protection aligns with the National Transportation Safety Board’s new recommendations, which follow the agency’s investigations of last year’s fatal school bus accidents in Chesterfield, N.J., and Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Past champs take top titles again in bus safety competition
July 25, 2013
At the 2013 School Bus Driver International Safety Competition, Larry Hannon of Pennsylvania places first in the conventional category — his ninth win. Antonio Perez of California wins the transit category for the second year in a row.
NTSB: Proper lap belt use could have lessened injuries in bus crash
July 23, 2013
In its investigation of last year's fatal Chesterfield, N.J., school bus crash, the National Transportation Safety Board finds that some students wore their lap belts improperly and some didn't wear them at all. The agency says it believes that lap belts can provide a benefit to most school bus passengers who wear them properly, although the addition of shoulder belts would reduce flailing injuries and provide greater protection.
NAPT developing enhanced security training
July 23, 2013
The association conducted a safety and security survey, which provided insight into school bus operations' current security-related training and procedures, as well as what they want more of. Executive Director Mike Martin discusses the survey results and how NAPT is using them to develop specific training.
Past national champs take top spots in California roadeo
June 14, 2013
Antonio Perez of San Dieguito Union High School District, a winner at the national level last year, places first at this year's California state school bus driver competition. Brent Carman, who has won national championships multiple times, places third.
Jones County school bus driver named North Carolina's best
June 7, 2013
Charles Mantie places first at the annual North Carolina State School Bus Roadeo. The Jones County Public Schools driver earns the distinction after navigating a school bus through an obstacle course that tested drivers' skills in mastering a diminishing clearance, backing, making a tight turn and parallel parking.
Bret Brooks offers guide on drug abuse
June 3, 2013
The new book gives details on the warning signs of drug abuse, paraphernalia usage and drug-related violence. Brooks, an instructor and consultant, says that "anyone that has children or works around children will find the information in the book to be very useful."
Program makes bus driver certification more efficient
May 29, 2013
Tennessee launches the THP Pupil Transportation Certification application, which replaces a paper-based manual process. Officials expect the program’s mobile and web-based components to provide substantial savings in time and expense and a significant reduction in errors due to manual entry.
Education Compliance Group offers sale on training videos, book
May 8, 2013
All four of Peggy Burns' video training programs and her book on special-needs transportation are available at a 50% discount until Aug. 15.
Video shows 4-year-old alone on school bus
May 3, 2013
School bus video surveillance footage obtained by ABC15 shows an unsettling ordeal for a 4-year-old boy with special needs who was left behind. In the video, the boy appears to wake up, gets up from his seat and looks around. The youngster, holding his backpack, looks scared and unsure of what to do.
Dubai school transport conference draws global crowd
May 3, 2013
About 17 nations are represented at Dubai’s first school transportation conference. Speakers and delegates make recommendations in such areas as school transportation safety and security, driver training and road layout around schools. NAPT President Alex Robinson tells SBF that being at the event had a feeling of “what it was probably like to be at an early Warrensburg conference.”
Child Safety Network offers Safe Bus program
May 1, 2013
In partnership with the School Bus Safety Co., the Child Safety Network initiative aims to reduce school bus accidents — with an added benefit of generating revenue for districts. The free Safe Bus program, which receives funds from corporate sponsorships, includes a comprehensive training curriculum, school bus safety PSAs, and a GPS and parental notification system.
DVD teaches bullying response techniques
April 30, 2013
The video, called “What Are You Going To Do?,” was created by the Oregon Pupil Transportation Association and Dr. Allan Beane, founder of Bully Free Systems. It depicts various types of bullying, with one situation leading to a student taking a bus hostage. Those involved in developing the video tell SBF the goals were to show a worst-case scenario and provide tools that drivers can use to address bullying.

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