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Cover Story - February 2016

The Bus in the Classroom: Building Independence Life Skills

By: Pete Meslin

Newport-Mesa (Calif.) Unified School District’s Bus in the Classroom program teaches transportation life skills to special-needs students, develops more effective transportation staff, and creates better working relationships with other educational departments.

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A Long Drop in Danger Zone Deaths

The latest loading/unloading report shows that four students were killed in school bus danger zone incidents in the U.S. during the 2014-15 school year. That total is the lowest in the 45 years on record.

Ronna Weber is executive director of the National School Transportation Association.

Beyond Compliance: Rewarding Safety Programs

Several voluntary safety program best practices would be worthy of inclusion in a beyond compliance program. NSTA encourages FMCSA to utilize the performance metrics of preventable accidents, non-preventable accidents and Department of Transportation reportable crashes when measuring all programs.

Mike Martin is executive director of NAPT.

NAPT News & Views — Buckle up for seat belt debates

We encourage you to discuss NHTSA’s new recommendation with your school boards and superintendents so they are aware of Dr. Rosekind’s opinions and can discuss their implications with state and local political leaders.

Flint, a seizure-detection dog for a student at Dripping Springs (Texas) Independent School District, is trained to put his head in the student’s lap when it senses she is about to have a seizure so that the staff can take measures to protect the student.

5 Tips for Transporting Service Animals

As the number of students with service dogs needing transportation has risen, awareness of the law and responsibilities, advance planning and communication are key.

This peak-of-action photo from  high-speed side view video shows a Reach pediatric wheelchair protecting a 6-year-old crash-test dummy in a 30 mph frontal sled-impact test by a five-point wheelchair-integrated harness. Photo courtesy of UMTRI with permission from Leggero LLC

Getting up to Speed on Wheelchair Transport Safety

Key improvements include accommodations for transporting smaller children, more stringent crash testing of wheelchair tiedowns for wheelchair-anchored lap belts, a logo that identifies equipment that meets standards, and pass/fail ratings for proper seat belt use.

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