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
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
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.
3. Getting School Bus Drivers, Aides Involved in the IEP Process
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
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
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.