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Education, connection, celebration ... all at NAPT's 40th Annual Summit
Travel to Kansas City, MO November 8-11 and experience nationally-recognized speakers, the latest federal updates, and access to industry leaders addressing the latest topics critical to your day-to-day operations ... all at NAPT's 40th Annual Summit. Click here for the full Summit agenda and learn more about this year's program and register online today!
Prefer paper? Download the Delegate packet and fax your form to 518.218.0867.
NEW Hotel Information
The Kansas City Marriott Downtown, approximately 20 minutes from the Kansas City International Airport (MCI) will serve as our headquarters hotel and a block of rooms has been set aside for Summit delegates. Reserve your room online or call 800.228.9290. Individuals are encouraged to make reservations early. In order to secure the reduced rate, reservations must be made by October 8, 2014.
Additional rooms are available at The Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown. The Crowne Plaza is a 2 minute walk to the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. To reserve your overnight rooms, please call 888.233.9527 or visit Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown Reservations.
Both hotels are offering the same reduced NAPT rate of $134/night, plus tax (~$158.33/night).
So, mark your calendar and make plans to be in Kansas City, MO November 8-11 for NAPT's 40th Annual Summit: Driving Innovation. We look forward to seeing you there!
Are You 'America's Best?'
You're invited! Join your colleagues from around the nation for NAPT's America's Best Training & Skills Challenge this November 7-11 in Kansas City, MO. This year's event will be held in conjunction with NAPT's Annual Summit. Visit our website for more information, and to download registration materials.
New for 2014! For the first time in event history, NAPT is excited to offer two new pilot programs for Driver Trainers and Specialized Transportation Personnel. We're also still holding our original Technician and Inspector components.
Show off your skills! This year's program includes a full agenda that will provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity to attend national level training programs, interact with some of the industry's top talent, show off your skills, and learn about the latest products, technology, and techniques available to improve your operations and programs.
So much value! Participate in NAPT's annual America's Best Training and Skills Challenge and gain:
Looking for America's Best! Join us in Kansas City, MO this November and put your knowledge to the test. Download the registration materials today.
- Hands-on Skills Training
- Classroom Education
- Friendly Competition
- Peer-to-Peer Connections
- National Recognition
For additional information about this year's America's Best event, please contact NAPT's Project Specialist Janna Smeltzer at 800.989.6278 or email@example.com.
Zonar Announces 2014 NAPT Summit Scholarship Opportunities
NAPT is pleased to announce that Zonar Systems has once again donated 10 scholarships for attendance to the NAPT's 40th Annual Summit: Driving Innovation to be held in Kansas City, MO November 8-11, 2014.
Each scholarship will cover the cost of one conference registration for a current NAPT member in good standing (a $399 value). Attendees will be responsible for all other expenses. Any person currently employed by an organization providing pupil transportation services is eligible to apply.
Visit our website for additional details, and download the application today. The application deadline is September 23, 2014.
School bus driver trainers, don't forget about the Peter & Linda Lawrence Scholarship specifically for you! Download the application today.
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E-Training Available for School Bus Drivers
Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI), a non-profit organization providing public education campaigns to prevent collisions, injuries and fatalities on and around railroad tracks and highway-rail grade crossings, recently created e-training specifically for school bus drivers. This e-Learning Program is an interactive online experience for public and private school bus drivers. The program brings attention to choices bus drivers often make around tracks and trains and is intended to help bus drivers make safer decisions around the tracks.
We have informed OLI that there may be a need to supplement the training with materials local operators currently use because of state, local or company policy. If you decide to use the OLI e-training, we highly recommend your Risk Manager, Director of Safety, Driver Trainer(s) and/or other safety personnel evaluate the OLI program content first to ensure it meets your state and/or districts' training standards and requirements.
Representatives of NAPT, NASDPTS and NSTA are planning to meet with OLI later this year to discuss this matter. We will, of course, keep you apprised.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014 survey shows motorists continue to pass stopped school buses
Last week the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) released the results of its 4th annual survey on illegal passing of school buses. In 29 states throughout the country, 20% of the nation's school bus drivers participated in a one-day survey to report how many times motorists passed their stopped school buses illegally. Over 97,000 school bus drivers reported that 75,966 vehicles passed their buses illegally on a single day. Throughout a 180-day school year, these sample results point to more than 13 million violations by private motorists.
"We know that students are far safer in school buses, but when they are outside the bus, they are more vulnerable to injury or death," said Max Christensen, president of the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services. “There are nearly a half million school buses on the road each day in the United States.
"This survey captured only a fraction of the violations that bus drivers and traffic officers know all too well are occurring each and every day." Added Christensen, "Any driver who passes a stopped school bus illegally is endangering children and his or her future. These results highlight the potentially tragic consequences of saving a few seconds by passing a school bus. It can be devastating not only for the victims and their families, but also for the motorist who hits a child and will have to live with the sad consequences."
Complete information on the project, including the detailed 2014 survey results and the 2013 compendium of state laws, can be found at www.nasdpts.org/stoparm or by contacting North Carolina's State Director, Derek Graham, or NASDPTS Executive Director, Charlie Hood.
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NAPT Board nominations due
During NAPT's Annual Summit this November, elections will be held for directors of Region 2 and Region 4. These positions are currently held by Barry Sudduth, CDPT (Region 2 – Stafford County Public Schools, Virginia) and Kenny Mulder, CDPT (Region 4 – Special School District, Missouri). To see what states each Region covers, click here.
Pursuant to the Article IV, Section 4.21 of the NAPT By-laws: "Any person who wishes to be a candidate for ... regional director must be an active individual member as defined in Section 2.11 (1) and have completed two years as a member in good standing before he/she becomes eligible to run for the Board of Directors."
ABSENTEE BALLOT REQUESTS — Any NAPT member seeking to vote by absentee ballot must send a written request for a ballot to NAPT headquarters. All requests must be received no later than the close of business on Friday, Sept. 26.
- Anyone interested in running for one of these positions must be nominated by a minimum of two active individual members from their particular Region of the association.
- Regional directors are selected by vote of only those active members whose mailing address is within that specific region.
ABSENTEE BALLOTS MAILED TO VOTERS — Official absentee ballots will be mailed to all eligible voters no later than Friday, Oct. 10.
ABSENTEE BALLOT RETURN — All absentee ballots must be received at NAPT headquarters no later than Friday, Oct. 31.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 11. Elections will be held in Kansas City, MO on the Trade Show floor from 10am – 12pm.
NAPT & Zonar Systems partner to offer members $50,000 equipment grants
Looking for new, state-of-the-art equipment for your buses? NAPT and Zonar Systems have again partnered to provide grants for $50,000 in the latest school bus security/safety/efficiency equipment. Take advantage of this member benefit and download the grant application here.
The 2014 grants will be awarded to school districts that submit proposals for utilizing Zonar's widely acclaimed Electronic Fleet Management Solutions, including their Electronic Vehicle Inspection Reporting (EVIR®) system. New for 2014, school districts applying for and receiving the grants will be notified on a rolling basis, allowing them to implement the systems in advance of the 2014-15 school year if they so choose. Recipients will also be recognized in November at the NAPT Summit: Driving Innovation in Kansas City, MO.
Grants are only open to NAPT members in good standing. Please contact NAPT headquarters at 800.989.NAPT (6278) to verify or renew your membership, or join online today! Applications will be accepted in NAPT headquarters through October 15, 2014. Zonar will evaluate the applications and make final decisions on an ongoing basis.
Details on the requirements and application process are at www.napt.org and information about Zonar products and services at www.zonarsystems.com.
Vendor Spotlight: On the spot? Come to the spotlight
Business Partners are special members of NAPT. They provide expertise, products and services to the pupil transportation industry, helping to maintain and improve the safety and efficiency of operations and processes. Knowing who to call when you're on the spot is important.
To help you find solutions, we highlight our business partners in a scrolling logo format on the NAPT homepage every two weeks. Just click on the company logo to find out more.
Featured in our "Business Partner in the Spotlight" section are: Espar Climate Systems, K100 Fuel Treatment, Quality Drive Away, Inc., and U.S. Computing. Their logos will be posted for the next few weeks, so please take a moment to become familiar with the products and services they offer.
Espar Climate Systems (www.espar.com) has the most comprehensive range of independent and compact fuel operated air and coolant heater products available in today's marketplace. Offering close attention to detail and technical design, Espar leads the industry in Excellence in Supporting Product Applications and Reliability. Espar supplies these auxiliary gas/diesel-fired heaters to the truck, bus, marine, automotive/pick-ups, off-highway, cargo and military markets.
K100 Fuel Treatments (www.k-100.com) are proprietary formulations of complex engineered organic compounds developed to eliminate water in fuels, remove gums and varnishes and stabilize fuel, add lubricity and corrosion protection and boost cetane/octane ratings. Its ALL- IN ONE Chemistry is all you will need to keep your engines running right.
Quality Drive Away, Inc.'s (www.qualitydriveaway.com) mission is to build an enduring organization providing excellence in customer service through efficient, prompt, and reliable transportation services, with integrity, respect, professionalism and gratitude. Quality Drive Away, Inc. will persevere in its mission to be paramount within the industry, while providing a caring organization for our employees and professional drivers.
U.S. Computing (www.uscomputinginc.com) is known nationwide for quality software and outstanding customer service. Members of their team have been working in the school transportation field for over 30 years. This means they only sell you what you need to make your job easier and not what will be unused and waste the district/company valuable funds. They are committed to providing technology that works for YOU!
Protect your students with the safety alarm from Transportation Safety Products, Inc. Our Child Safety Alarm System™ is an advanced voice alarm that alerts children with three distinct, clear, and loud voice messages. You tailor the message.
Coming soon is our panic button, which alerts students outside to drivers illegally passing the bus.
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Study: Hand sanitizers not shown to cut school absences
Putting alcohol-based hand sanitizers in classrooms in the hopes of reducing school absences due to illness may not be worth the expense in high-income countries where clean water for washing hands is readily available, a study says. It finds that adding the sanitizers to school-age kids' usual hand hygiene routine — washing with soap and water — did not reduce illness-related absences.
Parents urged to find alternatives as feds reject Westport, Conn., appeal on after-school buses
With federal authorities' rejection of Connecticut's Westport's bid to extend funding for after-school bus service, First Selectman Jim Marpe said parents quickly need to find alternatives while town officials seek a waiver to restore the program. "Given this unfortunate situation, I am advising the after-school programs and parents that the bus service will almost certainly not be available for the start of the program year and alternate travel plans should be put into place" when the new academic year begins Aug. 25, Marpe said in a statement.
New technology on school buses lets parents track students via smartphone app
For some students in Charleston County, South Carolina, high-tech is coming to the old yellow school bus. Recently, SchoolWheels Direct showcased their new fleet of school buses, which feature air conditioning, on-board GPS, camera systems for safety and security, and even WiFi on board. Parents and students came to an open house to check out the new technology and to meet their drivers.
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School bus cameras put focus on illegal passing
Law enforcement will soon have a new tool to catch motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses. School districts are in the process of installing more external cameras that are activated when the bus stops. The cameras capture images of license plates and motorists that pass the buses while they are stopped. School officials say the new cameras will help keep more kids safe.
Guidelines to avoid school bus accidents
Faribault Daily News
School buses are the safest way to get children back and forth to school. Students are approximately 50 times more likely to arrive at school alive if they take the bus versus driving themselves or riding with friends. But did you also know that your child is safer riding the bus than being driven by you? The reality is more children are killed outside of a school bus than they are as bus occupants. Motorists must anticipate children in a school bus "danger zone" — the area around a bus where most injuries and deaths occur.
Let safety rule in school backpack choice
Medical News Today
Celebrities, characters, and popular designs like "Transformers", One Direction and "Frozen" may be what's on your child's mind; but when it comes to the kind of backpack to purchase for school, safety should be top of mind for parents. "About 6,000 children are injured each year from wearing an inappropriate backpack," said Linda Rhodes, Senior Occupational Therapist at Children's Hospital of Georgia. "While it is important to have the necessary books, supplies, and tools handy in your child's backpack, you should also be sure that you are doing your best to prevent an injury."
5 Common Core priorities for the new school year
As schools gear up to dive back into learning, states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards are outlining their priorities and are identifying their top goals for the standards. The Common Core State Standards have been, and continue to be, a hot-button topic, with some states deciding not to adopt the Common Core while still revamping their standards, and with others adopting the standards but later pulling out. One of the biggest misconceptions lies in the fact that many people believe the standards to be curriculum — in fact, states are working to develop a curriculum that supports the Common Core standards and learning goals.
Project Green Fleet passes the school bus test
Dozens of YMCA summer campers filed out of a yellow school bus outside the Minnesota Science Museum in St. Paul, preparing for a day of learning about the environment. The students didn't realize their school bus was a science project in itself, part of a nine-year effort to reduce school bus pollution. Recently, the Environmental Initiative celebrated the completion of Project Green Fleet, which provided fuel-efficient engines for more than 4,600 diesel vehicles across the state, including 3,200 school buses used by about 200,000 students.
Districts: Busing dropped, putting more cars on road
When Dixie School District classes start, morning commuters in San Rafael's northern neighborhoods will see a rare sight in Marin County, California, these days: yellow school buses with the district's name scrolled across the side. Dixie officials three years ago considered dropping the service as a cost-cutting measure. But the school board responded to an outcry from parents who saw the buses as part of the school culture and as a more environmentally conscious means of getting kids to school than the other automotive option — parents driving them.
Transporting Children With Disabilities, 4th Edition,
by Dr. Linda F. Bluth, is available for purchase. NAPT members may purchase the Handbook for $14.99, plus shipping. The nonmember rate is $24.99, plus shipping.
Transporting Children With Disabilities, 4th Edition contains useful definitions of transportation and related special education terms as well as characteristics of children with special needs and special considerations for transporting children with special needs. This popular publication also explains the legal basis for special needs transportation in accordance with the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 and contains information about new Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act regulations.
To order your copy, please email NAPT Member Services Specialist, Brianne Peck at Brianne.Peck@napt.org today! To learn more about the new NAPT Special Needs Training program click here.
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