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Police search for men who harassed children at bus stop
March 15, 2011
The men approach a 5-year-old girl and 9-year-old boy in a car after following the bus they had been riding. The children ask the men why they were following the bus; one reportedly says it is because he is "a rapist."
Bus driver fined for 'ignoring another bus' flashing lights'
March 15, 2011
Wendy Sue Restoule must pay $250 within the next six months for the incident. She was initially charged with failing to stop for a school bus — a violation punishable by a fine of up to $2,000 and six demerit points, but ahead of her trial, a plea was entered on her behalf to the lesser charge of disobeying a traffic control signal in her lane.
Police investigating 2 fatalities involving school buses
March 15, 2011
A 6-year-old boy in Louisiana passes away on Monday morning from head injuries he sustained when he was caught on the outside of his school bus and dragged along a road. On Monday afternoon, an 8-year-old boy in Georgia passes away when he is run over by a school bus at a district’s transportation facility.
Trapper catches alligator lurking near school bus stop
March 14, 2011
Parents and students express concern after the 10-foot, 400-pound reptile is spotted in a pond not far from the bus stop. The alligator was taken away last Thursday.
Vehicle-train accidents rose in 2010
March 11, 2011
Officials from Operation Lifesaver say that the improving economy may have contributed to the increase in vehicle-train and pedestrian-train collisions, deaths and injuries last year.
A new device (upper left) serves as an additional mirror on one side, providing an enhanced view of the danger zone. On the back of the mirror is a stop arm, deterring motorists from passing the bus on the right.
Enhancing vision in the danger zone
March 11, 2011
As a school bus driver, Gloria Buley sought a way to enhance the safety of children outside of the bus. What she came up with is a device that serves as an additional mirror and a stop arm. She explains the invention in an interview with SBF.
Drivers and attendants who transport wheelchair-seated students are asked to share their experiences in a survey being conducted by university researchers.
Photo courtesy Larry Schneider
Study seeks to improve wheelchair transport safety
March 10, 2011
School bus drivers and attendants are asked to share their experiences in a survey being conducted by university researchers. The outcome is expected to help bolster the safety of wheelchair-seated students by identifying needs for improved technologies, standards and training.
Bus carrying kindergartners reportedly loses brakes
March 10, 2011
The driver tells investigators that she felt the brakes fail as she was driving up a steep hill. The bus knocked down a fire hydrant and utility pole before crashing into a car and coming to a stop against a tree on the front lawn of a nearby house.
New fuel purchasing plan could save district $500K
March 10, 2011
The transportation staff for the North Carolina district put 1.3 million gallons of diesel fuel out to bid in February and accepted a bid price of $2.85 per gallon. The district typically uses 60,000 gallons of diesel fuel per week to operate its buses; officials say that if the state contract price of $3.24 remains at that rate until June 30, the district would see an approximate total savings of half a million dollars this year.
Former bus driver charged for near-collision with train
March 10, 2011
Christina Wisecarver, who worked for an Ohio district, faces one count of driving across a grade crossing. Last month, she drove her school bus across an intersection as a train approached. Five high school students were on board the bus at the time of the incident.
More NAPT training courses available online
March 9, 2011
“Presentation Skills,” “Team Communication Strategies,” “Managing the Media” and “Risk Management and Emergency Planning” from the association’s Professional Development Series can now be completed online. Courses are $40 for NAPT members and $100 for non-members.
Tags: NAPT
Governor proposes merging school districts
March 8, 2011
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says in his 2012 budget address that "our fiscal reality demands consolidation" among the state's school districts. Also, cuts are planned to state transportation funding for districts.
Bus driver fired for taking students to political rally
March 8, 2011
The on-call driver takes a bus full of students and several teachers on the detour while returning from a field trip. He allegedly exited the bus and joined the demonstration, leaving the students on board the bus.
Arizona and Michigan operations honor drivers, aides
March 8, 2011
As part of Love the Bus month in February, Portage Public Schools in Michigan and Dysart Unified School District in Arizona hold events for employees. Drivers for Portage Public Schools receive certificates of recognition and lapel pins for safe driving.
Thomas Built calls for Driver of the Year nominations
March 7, 2011
For the sixth annual contest, students in kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to submit essays of at least 90 words to nominate their favorite school bus drivers. The grand prize winner will receive a laptop computer, a Thomas Built jacket and a Saf-T-Liner C2 school bus lunch box, and the nominated driver will receive a $1,000 Visa gift card.
Under Poway (Calif.) Unified School District’s Flexible Route Driver program, drivers must be available at all times during seven-day periods to provide service for night/overnight field trips during the week and to serve as a substitute driver if a regular-route driver calls in sick.
District to save $100K with new field trip initiatives
March 7, 2011
Poway (Calif.) Unified School District Director of Transportation Timothy Purvis tells SBF that the district is on track to save this much by the end of the school year through his efforts to assign regular-route bus drivers to transport students during weekday night field trips, and through the Flexible Route Driver program. Under the program, three drivers make themselves available at all times during seven-day periods to work on field trips and serve as substitute drivers.
The team at Delaney Bus Lines in Avonmore, Ontario, wore pink T-shirts on Feb. 23 in support of Pink Shirt Day, an annual, nationwide anti-bullying event.
Contractor supports anti-bullying event
March 7, 2011
Delaney Bus Lines employees wear pink T-shirts on Feb. 23 in observance of Pink Shirt Day. The Canadian event originated from an incident several years ago when two students organized a protest to show support for a boy who was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school.
Tags: bullying
Boy allegedly bullied by special-needs student on bus
March 7, 2011
The mother of a 9-year-old boy says her son was hospitalized after he was kicked by an older student while riding the bus. She wants the other student to be taken off of the bus, but she says school officials told her that the student cannot be removed because he has special needs.
Tags: bullying
Updated diabetes guide available
March 4, 2011
Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel provides school personnel (including transportation managers and bus drivers), parents and students with a team approach for helping students manage their diabetes in a school setting. The guide includes revised information on such topics as training for school personnel.
Rhode Island family challenges school bus monitor bill
March 3, 2011
New legislation would eliminate the state's requirement for monitors to be on all school buses for kindergartners up to fifth-graders. The Pendergasts, whose daughter was struck and killed by her own school bus in 1985, are in favor of preserving the mandate, saying that monitors help to increase student safety.

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