The National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) and the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) held their 2016 gatherings in Kansas City, Missouri, in early November.
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PHOTOS: Highlights From the Kansas City Conferences

Security demonstrations, driver shortage discussions, and a Boston Marathon bombing survivor were among the standouts at the school bus industry events in Kansas City. Check out our shots from the conference halls and the city beyond.

The NASDPTS conference in Kansas City, Missouri, next month will cover such topics as school bus evacuations, stop-arm violations, and service animals.
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NASDPTS Reveals Conference Agenda

State pupil transportation directors will convene in Kansas City, Missouri, next month to discuss such topics as school bus evacuations, stop-arm violations, and service animals.

These two burglary suspects in Chillicothe, Ohio, were captured by police thanks to the efforts of a school bus driver and his passengers. Photos courtesy Ross County Sheriff's Office
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Vigilance keeps kids safe, foils burglars

The “See Something, Say Something” concept advises that everyone has a responsibility to report suspicious activity. School bus driver Shawn Ost and his passengers did just that when a strange van was parked in a driveway at a bus stop.

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First Observer security training to come back online

After more than a year on hiatus, the government program is set to come back online soon to resume the training of transportation professionals in security awareness. Bill Arrington and Steve Sprague of the Transportation Security Administration discuss the ongoing efforts to launch First Observer 2.0.

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First Observer security program on hiatus

HMS Co., which has administered First Observer since 2008, stops receiving funding, but the Transportation Security Administration has reportedly said that the program will be active again in the near future. Meantime, classroom training and other program functions have been placed on hold.

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