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April 2011 Issue


Planning and Training Increase School Bus Security

By Kelly Roher

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.

More Than Just a Radio

Digital two-way radios for the school bus industry offer messaging capabilities, increased capacity, interoperability and GPS tracking, all while remaining affordable.

A Comprehensive Plan for School Bus Accidents

A veteran transportation director discusses the four phases of an emergency response cycle in relation to this type of event and how using them enhances student safety.

Everyone’s a Customer

Since taking the transportation helm at Montgomery County Public Schools two years ago, Todd Watkins has focused on enhancing customer service while growing and diversifying his management team.

Bullying and Harassment: Thin Line and Thin Ice

An expert on legal issues in school transportation discusses the distinction between bullying and harassment and offers best practices for dealing with both on the bus.

Specific Special-Needs Evacuations: Cerebral Palsy

A physical therapist explains common disabilities and how they affect school bus emergency evacuations. This article, focusing on students with cerebral palsy, is the first in a series.

Editorials

No bullies on board

Cutting down on bus bullying will help in bringing students to school ready to learn, and it will allow the driver to stay more focused on driving safely.

NAPT News & Views

In a recent blog post, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood pointed out that bus drivers are the "first education ambassadors our kids see every day" — a message NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin hopes policymakers will take to heart as they evaluate their difficult budget options.

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