When unloading, do not step off the bus before sticking out the hand-held stop sign and checking both directions alongside the bus for hazards.
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PHOTOS: California Loading, Unloading Safety

Sabine Konrad, driver instructor for Visalia Unified School District, demonstrates some key steps designed to boost safety when crossing students in the loading and unloading process use by the state.

SBF’s annual Photo Contest provides a closer look into the world of pupil transportation. Shown here is one of the winning 2019 entries from Jay Hamrick.
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Getting a Glimpse Into the World of the Yellow Bus

Submissions to our annual photo contest provide yet more evidence of the fact that the pupil transporter is so much more than “just a bus driver.” There are so many talented people — and not just drivers — in this profession.

Winner: Jay Hamrick, a flex driver/trainer for Blue Springs (Mo.) R-IV School District, shared this shot of the bright red autumn leaves reflecting along the bus’s windows before his early morning route. He also pointed out that the moon was still shining in the sky above the bus.
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PHOTOS: School Bus Fleet's 2019 Photo Contest

Winning entries in the 15th edition of School Bus Fleet’s Photo Contest present a closer look at some of the remarkable, day-to-day scenes of pupil transportation. These shots were selected from 103 total entries, which were judged by SBF’s editors.

Zonar's downloadable list is designed to help California pupil transporters ensure full compliance with a law requiring child-check reminder alarm systems on school buses. Shown here is a child check being conducted with the Zonar EVIR system.
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Zonar Releases Child-Check Alarm System Checklist

The smart fleet management technology supplier’s downloadable list is designed to help California pupil transporters ensure full compliance with a law requiring child-check reminder alarm systems on school buses.

Pam McDonald, president of CASTO, honored a male and female driver in the audience who have the longest school bus driving careers with crowns. Here, Donald Hain from San Marcos Unified School District takes his crown and accepts the title of "king" for the day.
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PHOTOS: CASTO 2019 Highlights

Take a look at some of the speakers and sessions at the California Association of School Transportation Officials' annual conference. There was even a special appointment of school bus "royalty."

Pam McDonald, director of transportation for Orange (Calif.) Unified School District, shown second row wearing purple, is in the midst of succession planning. She expects all staff members to mentor promising employees.
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Districts Help School Bus Drivers Climb the Career Ladder

As Baby Boomers leave the workforce, other pupil transportation staff will have more opportunities to advance. Many school districts provide education, training, and mentorship — investments that pay off in employee retention and satisfaction.

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