An article about how to effectively prevent student misbehavior on the bus was the most-viewed feature on the SBF website this year. Photo courtesy National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

An article about how to effectively prevent student misbehavior on the bus was the most-viewed feature on the SBF website this year. Photo courtesy National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Feature articles that drew the most traffic on the School Bus Fleet website in 2019 included strategies for training and staff management, safe practices for loading and unloading the school bus, and tips for driver recruitment.

1. Training Bus Drivers to Effectively Prevent Student Misbehavior
6,113 views
Dr. Terrance M. Scott, the director of the Center for Instructional and Behavioral Research in Schools and content developer at EMRG, shared strategies for how drivers can increase student compliance.

2. 20 Questions (and Answers) on MAP-21
4,950 views
The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act includes new transportation regulations that will soon impact training requirements for school bus drivers, with an expected compliance deadline of Feb. 7, 2022. School Bus Safety Co. shared responses to common questions in this article.

An article outlining the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act received the second-highest number of views of 2019 features on the SBF website. File photo courtesy Newport Mesa (Calif.) Unified School District

An article outlining the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act received the second-highest number of views of 2019 features on the SBF website. File photo courtesy Newport Mesa (Calif.) Unified School District

3. Getting School Bus Drivers, Aides Involved in the IEP Process
2,698 views
While it may not be ideal for transportation staff to be involved in every step of the Individualized Education Program process, several special-needs experts said it is essential for staff to communicate with parents and other related service staff to acquire information that may impact a student’s safe travel to and from school.

4. Keeping the Loading, Unloading Process Safe in 13 Steps
2,657 views
A California driver trainer detailed safe practices for loading and unloading the school bus. Those included executing steps consistently, practicing precise timing with lights and the door, and escorting students as they cross roadways.

5. 5 Steps to School Bus Driver Recruitment, Retention Success
2,353 views
The director of transportation at Florence (Ariz.) Unified School District #1 shared some of her transportation department’s best practices for attracting and keeping drivers.

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