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August 2011 Issue


Managing Student Behavior Improves Onboard Safety

By Kelly Roher

Pupil transporters discuss practices they have established toward this effort, such as assigned seating. They also address the importance of creating policies on eating and drinking and transporting backpacks and instruments, as well as ways to reduce noise inside the bus.

LEDs Offer an Array of Advantages

Suppliers of light-emitting diode (LED) systems say they provide greater longevity, visibility and efficiency. Here, we provide details on some of the latest LED units for school buses.

Case study: Revamping a transportation department

A year ago, Jeff Walker became transportation director at Litchfield Elementary School District #79 in Phoenix. The department has since cut costs, reduced the number of student disciplinary incidents on its buses and improved its safety record.

Time to Update Your Route Hazards Inventory?

As evidenced by the infamous Fox River Grove crash, documenting school bus route hazards is critical. Detailed, accurate route descriptions are essential, and drivers must be involved in the documenting process.

Specific Special-Needs Evacuations: SMA

Part 3 of this series focuses on spinal muscular atrophy, which is a group of inherited diseases that cause progressive muscle degeneration and weakness. Knowing how to carry passengers with this condition on an evacuation device and including a nurse in training drills will help to ensure their safety.

Editorials

The debate on traffic monitoring systems

Any drivers who are worried about being photographed and fined, whether at a traffic light or next to a school bus, should shift their focus to following the laws.

NAPT News & Views — Bullying: committing to positive interventions

The association discusses steps that it has taken and continues to take to reduce the incidence of bullying on board school buses. These efforts include partnering with the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools to make available free professional training for the school bus industry to encourage positive interventions.

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