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NAPT News & Views — Like fire drills, shooter drills are vital
September 12, 2013

We need to develop a proactive approach — meaning run purposefully, hide intelligently and fight fiercely, in that order (fight only as a last resort) — to an active shooter scenario and teach it to everyone, especially students. The drill should be done in conjunction with local law enforcement personnel.

Police investigate bomb threat on school bus
September 9, 2013
One or more students on a school bus in Laurel County, Ky., reportedly say that there is a bomb on board, and the bus stops at a weigh station. Numerous law enforcement officers — including a hazardous devices unit with a dog — respond to the scene, but no bomb is found in backpacks or elsewhere on the bus.
North Carolina district expects big savings with GPS system
August 28, 2013
Pitt County Schools recently deployed GPS kits from Synovia Solutions to help parents keep tabs on their children and increase efficiency. A district-wide study found that changes like reduced idling and mileage and improved driver payroll management could save nearly $194,000 per year.
Alabama urges motorists to be safe around school buses
August 19, 2013
As the new school year approaches, the state Department of Education’s Pupil Transportation Unit reminds drivers of the recently passed Charles Poland Jr. Act, which makes school bus trespassing a Class A misdemeanor. The office also reminds drivers of the state’s laws regarding stopping for school buses.
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.
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.
Alabama cracks down on school bus trespassing
June 3, 2013
Trespassing on or interfering with a school bus in Alabama could result in jail time under the newly passed Charles "Chuck" Poland Jr. Act, named after the Midland City driver who was fatally shot while protecting his passengers from an intruder in January.
Preparing for the threat of hijacking
April 30, 2013

Regardless of whether the driver obeys the commands or resists a hijacker, every single school bus driver must understand that their No. 1 priority is the protection of the children on board. Drivers must be prepared mentally for these situations and conduct drills to reinforce proper procedures.

Bolstering communications with digital two-way radios
April 29, 2013
In a recent SBF webinar sponsored by Motorola, speakers discussed benefits and best practices in using digital two-way radios for school transportation. Here’s a recap of the discussion, along with access to the archived webinar.
Buses evacuated after student finds fake grenade
April 25, 2013
In the ongoing investigation, police say that after the student found the object on the bus, it was reportedly given to the bus driver, who evacuated the bus and notified officials. A bomb squad determines that it did not pose a threat, but students were also removed from other buses at a high school and taken into the school.
School bus drivers aid in Boston evacuation
April 25, 2013
After the explosions at last week's Boston Marathon, eight school bus drivers from AA Transportation stepped up to shuttle people away from the site. Company President Ron Ernenwein commends the drivers for their actions, noting that "not one person opted to go home, complained the assignment was too hard or took a break after the 18th hour of shuttling."
Georgia district to test bus passenger tracking system
April 16, 2013
Gordon County Schools will conduct a pilot program of StudentConnect. Company officials say that the system provides real-time notification to parents and school transportation officials when students fail to get on the school bus, as well as when they enter or exit the bus at the wrong stop.
REMINDER: Webinar to offer tips for 2-way radios
April 15, 2013
The free web seminar, “Digital Two-Way Radios: Bolstering Communications, Security & Compliance,” will be presented by SCHOOL BUS FLEET and Motorola on Wednesday. Topics to be discussed include security and emergency preparedness, clear communication and regulation compliance.
The Yellow Bus' Vital Role in Homeland Security
April 9, 2013

School buses have been used in a variety of operations to protect the public in emergencies, such as hurricanes and floods. Here are details on how pupil transporters are preparing for and responding to times of crisis.   

NAPT News & Views — School bus safety and security: creating the 'new normal'
March 28, 2013

Periodically in our national life, safety, security or both are compromised in ways that are profoundly impactful. These are the game-changers that invoke a shared emotional call to “do something.” The tragedy in Newtown, Conn., was such an event. After the passionate debate about school security options, a “new normal” will eventually emerge, because the status quo is no longer acceptable.

Alabama students honored for actions during bus hijacking
March 19, 2013
Dr. Thomas Bice, Alabama’s superintendent of schools, presents proclamations to each of the students who were on their school bus when it was hijacked by gunman Jimmy Lee Dykes, who allegedly shot driver Charles Poland and then abducted one student. Bice says the students displayed safety skills that Poland taught them, and he recounts how the students loved Poland.
1 of Chowchilla school bus kidnappers denied parole
March 14, 2013
A California board again finds James Schoenfeld unsuitable for release from prison, but he will be re-examined in three years. In 1976, Schoenfeld and two others hijacked a school bus and imprisoned the 26 children and their driver in a buried moving van.
Teen steals school bus after getting out of jail
March 4, 2013
Eighteen-year-old Jonathan Cole Collins is released from jail on a misdemeanor marijuana charge, and he steals the bus during his walk home. Detectives confront him the next day after he’s identified in footage on the bus’ surveillance camera, and he admits the theft.
Student tracking app aims to increase reimbursements
March 1, 2013
With the Patron Attendance and Tracking Solution, created by Kevin McGuire of Michigan City (Ind.) Area Schools, bus personnel select students' photos on a tablet as they board or exit the bus. After fully implementing the app on its special-needs buses, the district expects a 20% increase in Medicaid reimbursements.
More details on Alabama bus driver’s heroic response
February 12, 2013
The confrontation between an armed intruder and school bus driver Charles Poland lasted more than four minutes, with Poland standing in the aisle to block the gunman from his students and refusing to move, according to a report from CNN. Meanwhile, students in the back of the bus opened the rear emergency exit so they could escape.

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