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Deaf student dropped off at vacant house
November 5, 2010
After school last month, Jayman Washington boarded a bus that he does not normally take and the driver, who did not know that Washington had moved a week before, left him at his old residence where no one was home. The transportation department at the district where the driver works will now review its policies for dropping off students at its safety meetings.
Q’Straint offers new wheelchair securement module
November 5, 2010
The Q’UBE has a low-profile design and can be permanently mounted to the vehicle floor or installed on transit barriers or seat legs with full adjustability. Its features include a delayed release mechanism that gives users 15 seconds to secure the rear of the wheelchair, along with fully automatic rear retractors.
Emergency information packet developed for special-needs bus riders
November 5, 2010
The packet, available to pupil transportation providers in Michigan, includes a Passenger Emergency Information Form template and a Transportation Information/Emergency Sheet template. The first form serves as a roster of all passengers on a bus while the second can be modified to include other important student information.
Seon Design updates video data management software
November 4, 2010
vMax Commander provides automated wireless downloading, giving managers instant access to video events and allowing them to monitor multiple vehicles and receive alarmed notifications. New features include automated system-wide health monitoring through Health-Check, which alerts the system administrator if any part of the system isn’t functioning.
Students bused after defects found in pedestrian overpass
November 4, 2010
The bridge is removed following a "sudden structural failure." The local school district will shuttle about 100 elementary students across the four-lane street to ensure their safety while the overpass is closed.
Students, driver treated after exposure to fumes on bus
November 4, 2010
Two high school students mixed rubbing alcohol and swimming pool chemicals in an attempt to create a small explosion during their morning bus ride. Students on the bus and the driver were treated for nausea, skin and eye irritation, and respiratory problems, officials say.
Zonar introduces new product offerings at NAPT
November 4, 2010
The company released the latest version of the ZPass solution. The new ZPass hardware is roughly half the size of the original and includes several new functionalities requested by customers. Also, in 2011, Zonar will introduce a new routing solution known as ZRoute.
First Student names new managers in Ohio
November 4, 2010
Scott Turney will direct and manage multiple operations throughout the state for the contractor as region operations manager. George Gans will serve as contract manager for the company’s Columbus location.
Propane Type A buses delivered to Oregon district
November 4, 2010
Portland Public Schools is running five NexBus units from Collins Bus Corp. that are powered by the alternative fuel. The manufacturer says that the buses exhibit excellent cold-weather starting and have a range of 300 miles.
Thomas Built names top dealers
November 3, 2010
Nelson’s Bus Service in Wisconsin earns the school bus manufacturer’s 2010 Dealer of the Year title. Top regional dealers are also honored.
NAPT workshops spotlight workplace productivity
November 2, 2010
Employees from Salem-Keizer Public Schools in Salem, Ore., discuss how the district has improved its service to students by implementing change initiatives and reform efforts based on an ISO quality management system. They also share ways to establish a high-performing team of employees.
The NASDPTS conference included discussions on enhancing school bus security and reducing pedestrian fatalities, among many other topics.
State directors take on pressing issues
November 2, 2010
The NASDPTS conference includes discussions on enhancing school bus security and reducing pedestrian fatalities, among many other topics.
Many companies introduce new products at NAPT trade show
November 2, 2010
At the two-day event that kicked off Tuesday afternoon, Sound-Off Signal showcases a new light that illuminates the danger zone when bus doors are activated. Also, Donaldson Co. showcases new mufflers, Safety Vision debuts a digital video recording system and Zonar Systems representatives present ZScore, a software system component that tracks driver, fleet and inspection efficiency.
NAPT seminars educate on operational efficiency
November 2, 2010
Session speakers encourage attendees to take positive steps to meet stringent budget requirements. Derek Graham shares North Carolina's experience in providing incentives for funding through improved efficiency; Salem-Keizer Public Schools staff detail the benefits of cross training employees.
Attendees look over the newly unveiled AE Series school bus, which IC Bus says is the first Type A that is fully integrated.
IC Bus unveils new Type A
November 1, 2010
The school bus manufacturer says its AE Series is the first Type A that is fully integrated. The new small bus is designed to have a longer lifecycle, and it is fully backed by IC Bus and its dealer network.
NAPT speakers discuss vehicle developments, managing challenges
November 1, 2010
In a general session and keynote presentation, the president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America provides the company's outlook on the future of commercial vehicles. Also during the general session, a successful entrepreneur shares how he has embraced living with a rare form of dwarfism. A workshop covers how to effectively address and diffuse problematic situations that stem from students' behavioral disorders.
James Jones (center, in yellow) and his daughter Chatari were among the speakers during Monday's panel focusing on preventing bullying at school and on the school bus.
Bullying panel stirs emotions at NAPT Summit
November 1, 2010
Attendees conveyed a receptive atmosphere for James Jones, the father who boarded his daughter's bus in September, causing a media sensation. The panel also included a young actor with cerebral palsy from television show Breaking Bad, U.S. Department of Education representative Kevin Jennings, and Thomas Built Buses essay contest winner Chancellor Coger.
During the NAPT awards banquet, emcee Mack Dryden (right) spoke with Distinguished Service Award winner Charlie Hood, NASDPTS president and Florida’s state director of school transportation, and NAPT President-Elect Alexandra Robinson, who presented the award to Hood.
Industry professionals recognized for dedication, achievements
November 1, 2010
Marisa Weisinger of Innovative Transportation Solutions, Carol Stamper of Charlotte-Mecklenburg (N.C.) Schools and NASDPTS President Charlie Hood were among the honorees at Sunday's NAPT awards banquet. During Monday's Leading the Day: Recognition for Exceptional Performers celebratory breakfast, this year's America's Best school bus technician and inspector were among the individuals recognized for their achievements.
Insights offered on fuel hedging
October 31, 2010
Charley Kennington informs state pupil transportation directors on the process, which he says can provide school bus operations with predictability for their fuel budgets.
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NAPT conference kicks off with focus on safety
October 31, 2010
Speakers at the Portland event address topics of perennial interest with renewed intensity. In one workshop, attendees learn tips to improve safety during school bus loading and unloading.

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