A California father seeks an investigation into past use of zip ties on harnesses to restrain his son and other students. The district has ended the practice and now uses new safety vests.
FRISCO, Texas — School bus drivers and attendants from across the country convened here in late March to showcase their skills in the 18th National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo.
Taking first place in the competition were driver Lisa Gadway and attendant Greg McGoff from Maine School Administrative District 49 in Fairfield, Maine.
Coming in second were Sharon Brown and Marion Pingel from Van Buren Intermediate School District in Lawrence, Michigan.
The third-place team was Ronnie Willoughby and Rhonda Vaughan from Santa Fe (Texas) Independent School District.
In the annual special-needs competition, participants are judged on such factors as driving a bus; loading and securing students in wheelchairs; student management; and emergency evacuation. The event also includes training and a written exam.
The roadeo is co-presented by the National Association for Pupil Transportation and STN Media Group. This year’s competition was held on March 21 in Frisco and was sponsored by Q’Straint and Sure-Lok.
Hamilton Southeastern Schools reports that Thomas Built’s seat mounting system for special-needs buses helps keep floors clean and organized, and is easy to remove and install.
KVIE shares this snapshot of the career of Karen Sweet, a California driver who transports special-needs students. Sweet talks about the bond she has developed with the students and with their families over the last 29 years.
Transportation directors are legally required to accommodate students with disabilities to ensure access to education, but each case is different. Look for opportunities to include them with their able-bodied peers.
The sessions provide guidance on securing bus passengers who use wheelchairs.
The South Carolina driver doesn't initially realize that the girl is still aboard, but he brings her to school once he finds her, the district says.
Employees and friends dive into the Chesapeake Bay as part of Maryland State Police’s fundraising event.
Greenville County (S.C.) Schools’ Special Needs Physical Performance Test is conducted every year to ensure that special-needs drivers and attendants have the skills and abilities required to do the job.
Greenville County (S.C.) Schools’ Special Needs Physical Performance Test ensures that aides, as well as drivers, are capable of safely transporting special-needs students through measurable standards.
Todd Hawks joins the wheelchair and occupant securement supplier.
The event, held every two years, will take place in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Sessions will cover such topics as school bus technology, emissions standards, and the changing labor market.
As a consultant with the TransPar Group, Meslin says he will work to help school districts “serve students better and less expensively.”
The 3-year-old Indiana boy is reportedly left behind for nearly five hours. The substitute driver who is apparently involved is suspended while the incident is investigated.
Karen Kawa of Illinois is about to pick up students when a special-needs assistant notices that she is acting unusual. A blood alcohol test allegedly shows Kawa has a level of 0.231.
The survey covers such topics as student ridership, driver pay, and special-needs bus equipment.