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New school bus security training course in development
May 20, 2011
Karen Lowrie, associate director of Rutgers University’s Center for Transportation Safety, Security and Risk, discusses the program with SBF. It is designed to teach bus drivers how to effectively communicate with schoolchildren while a crisis is occurring.
Bus-passing fatality spurs further safety efforts
May 16, 2011
A 7-year-old in Iowa is killed in a hit-and-run accident while crossing the street to board her school bus. State pupil transportation director Max Christensen tells SBF that a statewide task force is being formed to work on more ways to fight the stop-arm running problem.
District honored for safety and performance excellence
May 11, 2011
The South Shore Regional School Board receives the Gold Nova Scotia Pupil Transportation Achievement Award for the second consecutive year. Inspectors look at such factors as driver training and accident reporting. The district also achieves the best score for the least number of defects found during the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board mechanical inspections.
DVD instructs on school bus CDL pre-trip inspections
May 9, 2011
In “School Bus CDL Pre-Trip Inspection” Indiana bus driver Greg Beaverson conducts a pre-trip inspection on a transit-style bus, beginning with the outside and then moving to the inside. He tells SBF that with both the inside and the outside, the process is broken down into several mini chapters that can be selected from the DVD menu to make it easy for the trainee to memorize the steps.
Bus driver praised for actions during medical emergency
May 3, 2011
Velma Woodcock pulls off the road after students notify her that a boy on her bus is unresponsive. Woodcock instructs a parent to call 911 while she performs CPR on the student, who was not breathing. She visits the student in the hospital after completing her route.
Planning and Training Increase School Bus Security
April 21, 2011

Pupil transporters discuss the policies and procedures they have established at their operations to keep students and staff members safe. They also share the training resources they utilize, including state associations, First Observer and courses offered by FEMA.

New driver training program targets bullying
April 19, 2011
The Bullying Prevention on the School Bus course depicts real-life bullying situations and explains the difference between bullying and simple conflict. It teaches school bus drivers how to enlist the help of everyone on the bus to make it safer.
CASTO conference covers safety, efficiency
April 19, 2011
Sessions during the California Association of School Transportation Officials event address myriad topics, including how pupil transporters’ actions when transporting students with disabilities can affect their operations’ costs and the First Observer school bus security program. Nearly 40 industry suppliers exhibit at the conference’s vendor show.
Minnesota association launches new website
April 14, 2011
The Minnesota Association for Pupil Transportation’s new site offers an enhanced look and a variety of new features for its members and for the public. The group hopes to eventually provide access to training courses online.
Bus driver keeps cool in icy accident
March 24, 2011
When a car collides with Leonard Davis' school bus, pushing it off the icy road and down an embankment, he manages to get the bus back on all four tires and onto the road. The veteran bus driver is credited with keeping more than 50 students and staff members safe.
Feds to offer driver training on bullying
March 17, 2011
A free program specific to pupil transportation is expected to be released this summer. The U.S. DOE’s Kevin Jennings makes the announcement at the Transporting Students With Disabilities conference.
Special-needs transportation: Looking back while facing forward
March 1, 2011

An expert on transporting students with special needs reflects on changes in the transportation of special-needs students over the past 25 years.

Special-needs course draws praise
February 17, 2011
A training program for special-needs drivers from the School Bus Safety Co. has been earning high marks from pupil transportation professionals. One calls it "a wonderful course that covers every issue in transporting students with special needs."
Special-needs transportation veteran to retire
February 8, 2011
Cheryl Wolf will step down from her school district position next month but will remain active in the industry as a consultant. She reflects on her career and discusses her plans in an interview with SBF.
PTSI offers course on evacuating students with disabilities
September 10, 2010
The comprehensive curriculum gives bus drivers and attendants how-to instructions on evacuations with photographs and hands-on activities. It also explains the pre-planning stages of emergency evacuation and gives participants an opportunity to create a written bus evacuation plan.
Highway-rail accidents down 80% since 1972
September 2, 2010
That’s the year nonprofit Operation Lifesaver was founded. NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman commends the organization for its long-running efforts. Among Operation Lifesaver’s offerings is training specifically for school bus drivers.
Defensive Driving Principles and How to Teach Them
August 24, 2010

After instituting a defensive driving focus in its training program, one district decreased reportable accidents by 33 percent.

Another veteran state director to retire
August 10, 2010
Leeds Pickering began serving as Wyoming’s state pupil transportation director nearly 30 years ago. His career in the industry kicked off after college when he took a job driving a school bus.
Bill aims to increase bus safety, reduce costs
July 15, 2010
New Michigan law puts requirements for the state’s school bus drivers in line with those at the federal level. Changes have been made to training and medical exam mandates, and a health standard has been set for drivers with known illnesses. The reforms are expected to save $600,000 statewide.
Training around the edges
June 17, 2010

Even when you can’t afford to pay each employee to sit in a monthly safety meeting, you can look for cracks and crevices in the day where you can insert that safety mantra.

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