Approximately 32,000 Chicago Public Schools employees have been on strike for several days, and about 7,500 of those are bus aides and other support staff.
Peter Pizzuto of New Hampshire allegedly uses a seat belt to restrain the wrists of a student in a wheelchair. He is charged with four counts of simple assault and one count of false imprisonment.
Juanita Tappin of Florida is reportedly shown on bus video hitting several special-needs students and adults with disabilities. She is charged with eight counts of abuse against a child and an adult.
The Virginia aide allegedly grabs and punches a 12-year-old boy to restrain him on three separate occasions, and the bus driver is accused of failing to intervene or alert school officials.
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.
Gwinnett County (Ga.) Public Schools presents awards to Special-Needs Bus Manager Julie Peterson and Special-Needs Bus Monitor Hannah Robinson. Also recognized are a general education driver and a fleet technician.
Lisa Byrd faces charges related to child endangerment, impaired driving, and drug possession in connection with a school bus crash with 12 special-needs students aboard.
Chesterfield County (S.C.) School District looks to hire aides for special-needs school buses after a non-verbal student with autism was assaulted by another student while on the bus.
Lisa Byrd of New Jersey crashes a bus into a tree with a dozen students onboard, apparently while impaired. First responders use Narcan to revive her and she is arrested.
One common concern drivers and aides shared on SBF's Facebook page is not being allowed to know details about some students’ conditions, in particular, not being brought into the IEP process.
Harris County (Ga.) School District staff members practice evacuation procedures for students with various special needs.
The survey covers such topics as student ridership, driver pay, and special-needs bus equipment.
An Oklahoma driver resigns and an aide is suspended after reportedly leaving a 7-year-old with a wheelchair who has cerebral palsy on a bus for over six hours and not reporting it.