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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.
Mom’s sign tells drivers to stop for school bus
February 14, 2013
In Lee County, Fla., Ann Tomlinson saw how many motorists were illegally passing her daughter’s school bus, and she decided to do something about it. Holding a “STOP FOR BUS” sign and wearing a safety vest, she stands at the bus stop — morning and afternoon — to spread the safety message.
How hazard lights can be used for Mich. bus stops
January 22, 2013
Some Michigan districts are making use of hazard-light school bus stops, which can keep traffic flowing in cases where children don’t cross the street. State law allows the hazard-light stops when certain conditions are met.
Iowa study probes stop-arm safety measures
January 4, 2013
The report, required by last year's "Kadyn's Law," analyzes ways to potentially reduce illegal passing of school buses, including stop-arm cameras. Researchers find that home-side loading should be encouraged as a best practice but not required.
Teen, stepfather charged in attack at school bus stop
December 19, 2012
Jontae Dellano is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and his stepfather, Jamal Shields, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and contributing to the delinquency of a child for the pre-planned assault against Raheem Davis. Police say Shields drove Dellano to the bus stop and watched as he attacked Davis with a sock filled with padlocks on Dec. 13.
District refines bus safety policy after student goes missing
December 10, 2012
In last Monday’s incident, the 6-year-old boy disembarks his bus at the wrong stop, but he’s found following a large-scale search. As part of the Calcasieu Parish (La.) Public School Board's new policy, children will have tags on their backpacks to ensure that they’re bus riders.
Man arrested for stalking girl at bus stop
October 2, 2012
The investigation by the Prince George’s County Police Department in Maryland reveals that Narciso Bonilla beeped his car horn and waved at the girl, and he also tried to speak with her. He is taken into custody after detectives set up a surveillance operation and witness him harassing her.
Minn. district targets efficiency, saves $500K per year
September 20, 2012
Three years ago, the Anoka-Hennepin School District increased walking distances from homes to bus stops for all grade levels, which has enabled the district to reduce the number of buses it uses by 10 and to achieve a $500,000 annual savings. Transportation Director Keith Paulson discusses these and other efforts to increase efficiency.
With parent input, Atlanta adds 49 buses, 850 stops
August 16, 2012
Atlanta Public Schools conducts a district-wide review of its transportation system and takes in feedback on issues that have arisen since school started. The result is more buses, more stops and more crossing guards “to ensure that all students travel to and from their schools in a safe and efficient manner,” district officials say.
Cops help Okla. district deter stop-arm running
August 10, 2012
Tecumseh Transportation Director Teddy Kidney tells SBF that working with the local police department to crack down on illegal school bus passing has significantly raised awareness in the community. The police chief didn't need to be convinced of the problem — he's also one of the district's bus drivers.
Mich. removes exception to school bus stop law
July 5, 2012
Gov. Rick Snyder signs a bill that prohibits cars from passing school buses in any case when they are loading or unloading students. The state vehicle code previously allowed cars to pass stopped school buses at less than 10 mph at intersections controlled by a traffic signal or an officer.
Sharing a bright idea
June 5, 2012

A critical part of our mission here at SCHOOL BUS FLEET is to help our readers do their jobs better. In many cases, we write about innovative safety practices that school bus operations have implemented and found success with. The expectation here is that other operations might be interested in trying out these bright ideas for themselves.

Ontario consortium launches bus stop safety program
April 16, 2012
The Northwestern Ontario Student Services Consortium implements the “Be Seen, Be Safe” initiative after reading in SBF about its implementation at a school district in Texas. As General Manager Judi Green tells SBF, children in junior kindergarten through third grade wear flashing amber lights to improve their visibility when getting to bus stops in times of limited daylight and extreme weather.
District’s pickup policy to include student bus bans
March 29, 2012
The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school board votes unanimously to adopt a new policy to issue warnings to parents who do not meet their pre-K through first-grade children at the bus stop as required. A sixth incident will result in the child being banned from the school bus for the remainder of the school year.
Woman arrested, charged in fatal stop-arm passing
December 8, 2011
No bond is set for the 51-year-old motorist who is accused of striking and killing a 17-year-old as she left her school bus on Tuesday. The district attorney says that the court “is concerned with the mental status of this client.”
Target bus stop dangers
September 30, 2011

I recently heard the harrowing story of Jaycee Dugard’s life for nearly two decades after she was abducted from a school bus stop in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., in 1991 by convicted sex offender Phillip Garrido and held captive in the backyard of his home. This got me thinking about what school districts can do to maximize student safety at bus stops.

Mass. district scraps new busing plan
September 13, 2011
North Attleboro Public Schools will reinstate bus service to all stops and go back to using last year’s routes after deficiencies in its new busing plan are revealed during the first week of school. A bus that was cut from the fleet to save the district $45,000 reportedly will be brought back into service by W.T. Holmes Transportation Co. at no cost to the district.
District sees route, driver benefits from cutting 30 bus stops
September 1, 2011
To offset its budget shortfall, Aurora (Neb.) Public Schools reduced its stops from 100 to 70, with drivers now making more group pickups as opposed to door-to-door stops. Transportation Director Gerad Olsen tells SBF that the department’s routes are more efficient and that the bus drivers are happier making fewer stops.
Bus riders to wear special tags after boy goes missing
August 16, 2011
Kindergarten through third-grade students from a Georgia elementary school who ride a bus will wear a tag with the number of their bus on it. The safety measure is adopted after a boy gets on the wrong bus and goes missing for several hours.
District to save $200K with fewer elementary bus stops
August 9, 2011
Officials at Gaston County Schools in North Carolina say that with statewide budget cuts, the district can no longer afford to have school buses stop at every household, but under the new route plan, no elementary student will be required to walk farther than one-fifth or two-tenths of a mile to a bus stop. The changes will also reduce bus trip time by 15 percent and reduce the need to idle buses.

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