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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, it is essential for them to communicate with parents and related service staff to acquire information that may directly impact a student’s safe travel to and from school.

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Why My Son Doesn’t Ride the School Bus

I’ve been reluctant to write about this topic, but I felt that our story would provide valuable insights into the experience of a special-needs student, the importance of retaining good drivers, and the difficult decisions parents often face.

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Student Who Suffers Seizures Rode School Bus Without an Aide

An IEP in 2014 for Emily Quandt of Minnesota stated that she needs a trained person to ride the bus with her to administer medication for life-threatening seizures, but she rode the bus alone last year due to a lack of district staff. An aide will ride on the bus with her this year.

Dr. Linda Bluth has long been a key source of guidance on transporting students with disabilities.
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Linda Bluth retires, but keeps busy in transportation

Special-needs transportation expert Dr. Linda Bluth has officially retired from her position at the Maryland State Department of Education, but a full schedule of speaking engagements, consulting work and other activities is keeping her plugged into the pupil transportation community.

Dr. Linda F. Bluth is past president of the National Association for Pupil Transportation and special initiatives education program specialist at the Maryland State Department of Education's Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services.
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Don't take a back seat in the IEP process

Dr. Linda Bluth says that under specific circumstances, transportation personnel should play a key role in transportation decisions for children with disabilities, long before a child has been assigned to a school bus route. It is essential to recognize that all children with disabilities eligible for transportation services do not require the same level of specialized intervention.

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Linda Bluth blogs on IEP's role in transportation

In a new post on the National PTA website, Bluth explains how parents can help ensure that their special-needs child's transportation needs are met. Individualized Education Program team members, including the parents, must give input on how the child's disability impacts school bus safety.

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What to do when students act out

Expanding discipline policies to cover both transportation and campus life, providing crisis intervention training to staff and sharing relevant student information with the right personnel will help minimize student violence on the bus and in the classroom.

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Evacuating passengers with special needs and equipment

Pupil transportation officials must have access to medical information on the students they are transporting, especially when the students are dependent on medical equipment and others for their care. They must also have a well-developed evacuation plan for all students that they transport.

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