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Supervisor honored for response to special-needs bus fire
September 29, 2015
During a field trip with about 100 special-needs students from Greenville (S.C.) County Schools, Melanie MacDonald quickly jumped into action when a bus caught on fire.
Southeastern conference covers driver training, emergency response
July 17, 2015
The event drew more than 130 delegates from 10 states to Arlington, Texas, where they held educational sessions in a convention center flanked by roller coasters and sports stadiums.
School bus safety a key theme in Oregon conference
June 23, 2015
Emergency response, vehicle dynamics and crash prevention were among the topics covered during the Oregon Pupil Transportation Association’s annual gathering.
Pennsylvania school bus contractor bounces back from fire
June 4, 2015
On the Go Kids Inc. quickly recovers after a fire destroys its offices one evening. Employees put a plan in place and continue providing service the following morning.
School buses play a key position in athletics
June 1, 2015

With running having become a lifelong pursuit for me, I recently found myself once again riding a school bus to an important race, just like in high school. On April 20, I ran in the Boston Marathon for the first time. ...

Illinois School Bus switches to Diga-Talk 2-way radios
April 29, 2015
To date, 191 of the contractor’s school buses are using Diga-Talk, a two-way radio network solely powered by digital technology.
Officer honored for response to fatal school bus crash
March 31, 2015
When two school buses collided in East Knoxville, Tennessee, School Resource Officer Trish Ward helped evacuate students and reunite them with their parents.
2 windows shot on school bus
March 13, 2015
A school bus was damaged by suspected BB gunfire near a Seattle elementary school on Thursday, police say. No one was injured.
Bus driver honored for response to accident
January 20, 2015
Ronda Shultz quickly drove students away from a car-pedestrian accident at a bus stop on her route, got them counseling, and offered help to the parents of the girl hit by the car. She was named “Bus Driver of the Month” by the Danville (Pa.) Area School District’s superintendent.
Police officers train for school bus emergencies
December 31, 2014
About a dozen Roanoke, Virginia, police officers participate in tactical training on the city’s school buses to familiarize them with the vehicles in the event of a crisis such as a crash, fire or hostage situation.
Top 5 most ‘liked’ stories on SBF’s Facebook in 2014
December 31, 2014
Stories on the holidays and driver heroism were among the most popular this year.
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.
6 Helpful Routes to Take When a School Bus Driver Dies
November 5, 2014

What courses of action should a transportation leader follow when a school bus driver dies? Here, a veteran director who recently faced that sad situation shares steps to help staff members, students and the driver’s family deal with their loss.

District partners with police for school bus assault training
November 4, 2014
The Harris County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office performed the training last month using Humble Independent School District buses. District transportation employees and police participated in a simulated hostage takeover with students on board a school bus.
Student helps save bus driver during emergency
November 3, 2014
Terence Reid Jr., an 8-year-old student in North Carolina, notices the driver isn’t able to move, calls on the radio for help and directs EMTs to their location. He is being recognized with an Outstanding Citizen award.
School bus drivers take students to shelter during tornado
October 14, 2014
Many of Harrison County (Ky.) Schools' buses were in a tornado warning area, and the bus drivers safely took students inside nearby buildings.
Photoluminescent safety products offered for buses
September 23, 2014
Doran Manufacturing will bring MN8 Foxfire’s Advanced Photoluminescent Technology illuminating safety products to the bus and motorcoach markets. MN8 Foxfire uses a proprietary process to use light and energy to illuminate safety signs, adhesive strips and epoxy floor markings.
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.”
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.  

School bus drivers provide vital info for 1st responders
August 7, 2014
In Autauga County, Alabama, 150 school bus drivers sign up for Yellow Dot, a free program that officials say provides potentially life-saving information to first responders in the event of a crash. The drivers get their photos taken and complete a personal form with emergency contact and medical info.
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