October 30 — November 4
NAPT is climbing the summit in Portland, Oregon, this year and our 36th Annual Conference & Trade Show offers something for everyone. Visit us online and watch for updates on the program and see why getting to the NAPT Summit should be at the top of your "to-do list" in 2010. Make your hotel reservation.
2010 NAPT Summit Program Announcement! The NAPT Board of Directors and the NAPT Program Committee are pleased to announce the release of the tentative program and list of workshops that will be available at the 2010 NAPT Summit. View the newly released and updated tentative agenda for a list of Workshop Topics and download a copy of the Conference Registration form. For additional information visit NAPT's home page.
Visit "NAPT Summit—Weekly Highlights" category toward the bottom of this brief for weekly featured topics.
Public should demand bus seat belt studies
Stafford County Sun Share
According to a report commissioned by the Connecticut General Assembly, federal law requires seat belts on some school buses. Small school buses weighing less than 10,000 lbs. must have seat belts per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As of February 2010, larger school buses, which make up about 80 percent of the nation's fleet, are not covered by national regulations. States reserve the right to devise and implement their own school bus seat belt laws. More
Cyber-bullying defies traditional school bully stereotype
The Washington Post Share
The advent of social networking sites and text messaging has allowed young girls the opportunity to take on a role traditionally reserved for boys, experts say. The girls have become bullies — or, more specifically, cyber-bullies. More
EPA to issue more rules in climate fight
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will roll out more regulations on greenhouse gases and other pollution to help fight climate change, but they will not be as strong as action by Congress, a senior administration official said. More
GPS keeps track of school bus riders
The Kansas City Star Share
Josh Case climbed aboard the yellow school bus, lifting his backpack to scan an ID card that had been assigned to him on his first day of kindergarten. With a quiet beep and a flash of a green light, the 5-year-old was logged into a new system that allows a transportation supervisor sitting miles away to track when and where each student in the district stepped on and off the bus. More
This ride is hardly old school
Times Union Share
The yellow school bus may look the same from the outside as the one you knew as a kid, but inside it's a far more sophisticated machine. More
Traffic concerns emerge in wake of school bus decision
NY1 News Share
Things were quiet outside Interstate 72 in Stanton Island's Heartland Village. But come the first day of school, some predict the streets will be chaos. Staten Island Community Education Council President Sam Pirozzolo says the city's decision to cut bussing for 7th and 8th graders on the Island — to save just $1.6 million — will make this year's first day of school a confusing and potentially dangerous mess. More
New cameras to catch Metrobus drivers' mistakes
The Washington Post Share
Washington D.C. metro is installing cameras on its entire fleet of 1,500 buses as part of a five-year, $3 million program to monitor bus driver performance and improve safety. More
New report shows state highways in good shape
USA Today Share
A new report on the condition of the USA's state highways finds that they are in the best shape they have been in nearly 20 years. More
Back to school bus pass confusion
The Massachusetts Springfield School Department is working out some transportation issues. Parents of high school students contacted a local news station saying they have had trouble getting information about bus transportation. More
Carpools replace buses to get students from the mountains to school
Mercury News Share
There are more cars and one less bus on Highway 17 this school year as mountain students make their way to California's Los Gatos High School in carpools instead of riding the bus. The Valley Transportation Authority canceled Line 76 in mid-June due to budget constraints — that was the bus that took mountain kids to and from the high school. So some mountain parents have organized carpools. More
Refocus your work day in under a minute
Do you feel your day slipping away? Are you accomplishing the goals and objectives that matter most to you and your organization? Are you consistently the manager you want to be? Great, important questions we should all be asking ourselves. But if introspection quickly becomes victim to a priority e-mail, an unexpected project dump, or a touchy personnel issue that needs to be resolved now, how do we prioritize and meet our daily goals? More
Special Guest Speaker - Matt Roloff
His most inspiring success is having to overcome the challenges imposed on him by diastrophic dysplasia, a rare form of dwarfism. His determination, unshakable resiliency and creativity have fueled his achievement as an entrepreneur, author, and advocate for all people with differences. Roloff will offer action-oriented advice that individuals can use to make positive changes in their lives at work, at home and in their communities.
Join us on Monday morning, November 1, for this inspirational presentation!
Delegate Guest Program - Columbia River Gorge Tour
Time: 9:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Aboard the Columbia Gorge step-on excursion, you will experience first-hand the beauty and grandeur of the Columbia River Gorge. One of America's most majestic waterways, resident experts will be your guide to the rich history and breathtaking natural beauty of this area as we retrace a portion of Lewis and Clark's epic journey through the Columbia River Gorge atop Oregon's Historic Scenic Highway. We will visit the Vista House, perhaps the most beautiful travelers' rest station ever built, before descending down into the gorge to visit the largest and most picturesque of the seventy-seven waterfalls lining the Oregon side of the gorge, Multnomah Falls. These falls are truly one of the country's natural treasures, as is the adjacent magnificent Multnomah Falls Lodge where we will stop for lunch. We then begin our return to Portland along the bottom of the gorge, providing not only a different, but equally spectacular, perspective on the natural splendor of the area.
**Please note: This event is open to Registered Guests (of delegates) only. Please wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes. Lunch is provided free of charge.
Selecting School Bus Stop Locations: A Guide for School Transportation Professionals
Selecting School Bus Stop Locations: A Guide for School Transportation Professionals has just been released and is available for viewing and download on NHTSA's website. This resource can be found at www.nhtsa.gov/School-Buses under the "Useful Information" section.
This guide was developed to provide school transportation professionals, school administrators, and others who care about student transport to school with straightforward guidelines on selecting safe school bus stops. These guidelines offer steps for the designation of school bus stops and strategies to support safe pedestrian behavior by students between their homes and their bus stops.
Transporting Children With Disabilities, 4th Edition
Available for purchase
Transporting Children With Disabilities by Dr. Linda F. Bluth, is available for purchase. NAPT members may purchase the Handbook for $14.99, plus shipping. The non-member 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 Marketing and Communications Specialist Lynn Martin firstname.lastname@example.org today! To learn more about the new NAPT Special Needs Training program click here.