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August 2012 Issue


Bus yard safety, inside and out

By Brittany-Marie Swanson

Physical security such as fences and video surveillance, in addition to providing your drivers and other staff with ID badges and safety training, can go a long way in securing your bus yard.

Monitor ridership, manage fleet with student tracking systems

Today’s solutions tell pupil transporters where and when students boarded and disembarked the bus. Officials from companies that offer the solutions say that having this information can help in answering parent inquiries, and by knowing how many buses are needed for transportation, operations can optimize routes.

Transporting students with autism

Autism can affect behavior, speech and language development, sensorimotor skills, visual and auditory processing, and learning skills. Understanding the extent of this condition in your passengers will help in determining how they should be treated during bus rides and evacuations.

Catch stop-arm runners in their tracks

Many operations are turning to exterior cameras to help capture — and deter — illegal passing of school buses. Here are details on six systems that can collect crucial evidence.

Midwest Transit Equipment: focused on customer service

Located in Kankakee, Ill., Midwest Transit Equipment has over 200 employees and five locations to serve its customers. The school bus dealership is dedicated to providing safe, reliable equipment, and offers many different buses, parts and services.

Is your school district prepared for super-fog?

Super-fog is a combination of smoke and early morning water vapor that produces zero visibility over roadways. When it impacts a Florida operation, buses are convoyed out of the terminals until they reach a clear area, and a “pre-warning” procedure is developed.

Editorials

Stop-arm running in the crosshairs

Since the West Virginia Department of Education sent me the footage of a middle school student nearly being struck by a car illegally passing his school bus, I’ve probably watched it at least a dozen times. I can’t help but think of one of my own kids in that frightening situation.

NAPT News & Views — NAPT Summit boasts something for everyone

The NAPT Summit is the premier place for state and community school bus professionals to see the big picture, to learn about and explore the challenges and changes in our industry. Officials say you’ll also have plenty of opportunities for professional development and networking.

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