Olentangy Local School District's student population is growing fast. Getting driver feedback on routing and enhancing training help the district efficiently transport more than 10,000 students to and from school every day.
The National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) held its annual conference in Washington, D.C., for the first time from Oct. 13 to 17. Hot topics included electric buses, illegal bus passing, and safety recommendations on fire suppression systems, seat belts, and evacuation training.
Federal officials join pupil transporters in the nation’s capital to discuss fitness testing, fire suppression, seat belts, and other recommendations based on recent crashes, and share resources.
From Arizona to Texas to New York, school bus drivers and students alike receive a warm welcome as they embark on a new school year.
The association voices support for FMCSA extending the compliance date on entry-level driver training certification and suggests including other provisions in the delay.
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.
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.
Approximately 300 drivers and bus monitors from four of the state’s school districts participate in a training designed to help pupil transporters respond to challenging student behavior on the bus using trauma-informed practices.
The federal agency announces plans to delay certain Entry Level Driver Training rule provisions and bans drivers convicted of human trafficking from operating a commercial vehicle.
The state’s Department of Education passes an amendment to a rule addressing instructions on special care for students that requires the certified training. All drivers and aides must receive it by Nov. 1, 2020.
While many students used to return to class right after Labor Day, some now embark on a new school year as early as late July. That means getting preparation plans solidified even earlier to take the stress out of that school-start kickoff.