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Sticker reminds New Jersey school bus drivers to check for sleepers
August 24, 2015
New Jersey school districts and contractors can order the free sticker for their buses. It reads, “Is everyone off the bus? Check everywhere and be sure.”
Special-needs student left on school bus for 4 hours
August 3, 2015
A California bus driver brings the other three children aboard the bus to school, drives to the bus yard and parks and leaves with the four-year-old still strapped in his seat.
Driver fired for leaving student with autism alone on bus
March 2, 2015
The Fulton County (Ga.) Schools driver did not walk through the bus to check for students at the end of the route. The student fell asleep on the bus and was alone for two-and-a-half hours.
Kindergartner left alone on bus found wandering street
January 9, 2015
A 6-year-old girl in Jerome, Idaho, who fell asleep and was left alone on her school bus for about two hours, left the bus and walked for about half a mile before a firefighter found her. The girl did not appear to be injured.
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.
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.”
Driver, monitor resign after special-needs student left on school bus
May 2, 2014
The preschooler is picked up in the morning and is discovered at the Kentucky district’s bus depot in the afternoon, still seated in the bus. The district has changed its policies to help prevent future instances of children being left on buses by requiring preschool staff to check the buses, in addition to the drivers and monitors.
Child Check-Mate System debuts on Australian school buses
April 23, 2014
Kojonup Bus Service becomes the first contractor in Australia to adopt Child Check-Mate's reminder device. The company plans to equip its entire fleet with the system over the next few months.
Suffolk Transportation launches child-check bus safety solution
April 3, 2014
The New York school bus contractor partners with Child Check-Mate System and Zonar for the system, which institutes multiple safety checks for sleeping or unseen children. When a child wakes up and moves around the vehicle, Child Check-Mate System’s Double Check feature will turn on the vehicle’s interior lights, speak to the child and activate Zonar’s system, which will send a message to bus company employees so they can respond.
Bill would require bus drivers to perform child checks
March 7, 2014
The Minnesota legislation would also establish reporting requirements: failure to perform a post-trip child check would need to be reported to the director of pupil transportation within 72 hours, and if a bus driver is convicted of not performing the required child-check procedure, the school bus driver endorsement on the person’s license would be canceled for one year. Shelly Jonas of the Minnesota School Bus Operators Association weighs in on the effectiveness of the proposed changes.
5 incidents that never should have happened
March 7, 2014

While each of these occurrences involved children being stranded on a school bus, there are unusual — and in some cases even shocking — details in the different stories that are worth reviewing.

District changes procedures after 2 preschoolers left on buses
February 26, 2014
The Delaware district is investigating the separate incidents to determine why the district’s child-check procedures were not followed. New procedures have also been implemented to prevent future occurrences, including taking a roster of bus passengers that can be passed on to teachers for them to compare it against students who are in class.
2 dismissed after disabled student left on bus
January 24, 2014
Missouri officials say that a school bus driver and an aide left a nonverbal 19-year-old in her wheelchair on the bus and then found her at the end of the school day. School staff gave the student fluids and checked her vital signs before taking her home.
2 children left on North Dakota school bus
January 6, 2014
As the driver exits the bus, another driver sees a child looking out a window on the bus and reports it. The child is taken off the bus and transported to school, while the second child is discovered on a later search of the same bus. The general manager for the company that runs the bus says the incident was driver error and that the driver “should have done the walk-through.”
Driver who left child on bus expected to resign
January 2, 2014
Dan Danielson, who is also the transportation director at Algona (Iowa) Community School District, allegedly left Logan Cavin, a 4-year-old student, on a school bus for several hours on the morning of Dec. 19. Cavin was discovered at the school district's transportation facility at about 1 p.m. by another bus driver.
Top 5 most-viewed news stories of 2013
December 20, 2013
Here are the most popular news items posted on the SBF website this year, from a school district's bus inspection success streak to a set of PSA videos on the dangers of stop-arm running.
Top 4 most-viewed feature articles of 2013
December 20, 2013
This year’s features that captured the most readers’ attention cover Dubai’s first school transportation conference, outstanding women in the industry, child-check devices and a Q&A with Blue Bird’s president and CEO.
Zonar, Child Check-Mate integrate technology for enhanced bus safety
September 12, 2013
Districts utilizing both Child Check-Mate’s technology and Zonar’s GPS/telematics solution can now verify that the Child Check-Mate System is active on each bus and receive instant alerts if movement is detected after hours.
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