The three Gwinnett County (Ga.) Public Schools trainers quickly administer CPR to their coworker after she has a seizure, loses consciousness, and stops breathing during a training session.
Vits is a market development manager for IMMI, which produces SafeGuard seating and restraints for school buses. On the National Child Passenger Safety Board, he will serve as an at-large representative for a three-year term, from January 2017 to 2019.
The board, which is managed by the National Safety Council, oversees and maintains the curriculum that is part of the National Child Passenger Safety Certification Training Program.
“We are excited for Charlie to join the National CPS Board and lend his experience in school transportation for advancing the mission of saving lives and preventing injuries,” said Amy Artuso, the board’s secretariat and a program manager at the National Safety Council.
Vits played a significant role in developing school bus seats with lap-shoulder belts as well as add-on, portable restraints for school buses. He has contributed to the writing of industry training materials, such as the previous and current versions of the Child Passenger Safety Restraint Systems on School Buses National Training and the Safe Ride News School Bus Safety Handbook.
In 2010, the Automotive Safety Program at Riley Hospital awarded Vits the 14th annual Child Safety Advocate Award for his work with passenger safety on school buses.
“My involvement in the application of child passenger safety in school transportation has been especially rewarding because of the great need within the industry for proper understanding and training,” Vits said. “Most important, I can reflect on the fact that the work I have been involved in has made a difference in the protection of many of our youngest traveling students.”
St. Louis Public Schools partners with community organizations to train hundreds of volunteers to monitor school bus stops located in high-crime areas or near vacant lots.
Mobile County (Ala.) Public Schools will install Fogmaker North America’s fire suppression system on all of its 100 special-needs school buses. The district will eventually add the system to its remaining 600 buses.
The association voices support for FMCSA extending the compliance date on entry-level driver training certification and suggests including other provisions in the delay.
Michigan City (Ind.) Area Schools’ transportation department, also known as the “stop-arm singers,” recreate The Supremes’ famous “Stop in the Name of Love” — urging motorists to think twice before illegally passing a stopped school bus.
Norman Miller, a driver with Lee County School District, stops his bus to extinguish a fire on the porch of a mobile home and rescue the family inside.
Heidi King’s last day as acting administrator of the regulatory agency will be Aug. 31. She will be replaced by James Owens, the U.S. DOT’s deputy general counsel.
House Rep. Robert Goforth pushes for legislation that would require school districts to purchase and install stop-arm cameras on school buses by Aug. 1, 2023.
Strongsville City Schools board agrees to install interior video surveillance cameras on most of its spare buses and those that are used for daily routes and field trips.
Jay Heilman, a bus driver with Pasco County (Fla.) Schools, is joined by other members of the district’s transportation staff as he details the trials and triumphs of pupil transportation in his own catchy version of Lil Nas X's “Old Town Road” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus.
Although we all agree that the motoring public needs to be more cautious, bus drivers can also help mitigate the number of dangerous incidents by following safe and consistent loading and unloading practices.
The NSTA president discusses how statistics reflect the degree to which school bus operators go above and beyond to provide safe student transportation.
Ted Finlayson-Schueler, founder of the Pupil Transportation Safety Institute and Safety Rules, talks about the need to improve driver training, ways to curtail stop-arm running, and his take on some recent National Transportation Safety Board safety recommendations.
A California driver trainer details safe practices for loading and unloading. Those include executing steps consistently, practicing precise timing with lights and the door, and escorting students as they cross roadways.
Industry experts share advice for promoting proper sleep health, from monitoring driver hours to performing consistent wellness checks.