NAPT MultiView News Brief
Jan. 7, 2014

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: Collins Bus Corp, GM Fleet and Commercial, Quality Drive Away, Rosco Vision Systems, Synovia Solutions and TRP Bus Parts (PACCAR, Inc.). 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.

Collins Bus Corp (www.collinsbuscorp.com) is a manufacturer of Type A school buses, ambulances and special-purpose vehicles for the North American market.

GM Fleet and Commercial (www.gmfleet.com) offers a wide variety of cars, trucks, vans and commercial vehicles, customer service and financing.

Quality Drive Away (www.qualitydriveaway.com) provides transportation of vehicles, whether they are drive-away, towable or flat bed. They operate in the continental U.S. and Canada.

Rosco Vision Systems (www.roscomirrors.com) supplies mirrors, visors and other visual safety systems to the worldwide commercial vehicle market. In 2007, Rosco celebrated its 100th year of business.

Synovia Solutions (www.everyday-solutions.com) provides software utilizing GPS technology to help manage fleets in real time, enabling quick resolution of issues while also offering a global view of an operation.

TRP Bus Parts (PACCAR, Inc.) (www.trpparts.com) provides aftermarket parts for all makes of commercial equipment — including trucks, trailers, buses, engines and winches.More

NAPT's 40th Annual Summit in Kansas City, Missouri, Nov. 8-11, 2014

Friday, Nov. 7 – Pre-Con Activities
Arrival/Registration
NAPT SNT 102
NAPT Board Meeting

Saturday, Nov. 8
Registration
Opening General Sessions, Headliners & Spinoffs
America's Best Skills Competition featuring Technicians, Inspectors, Routers/Schedulers, Dispatchers & Trainers
NAPT PDS incl. SNT 101 & 105
Peer-to-Peer Networking Event

Sunday, Nov. 9
Registration
General Sessions, Headliners & Spinoffs
Joint Industry Session
America's Best Skills Competition featuring Technicians, Inspectors, Routers/Schedulers, Dispatchers & Trainers
NAPT PDS incl. SNT 103
Issue-Focused Networking Event

Monday, Nov. 10
Registration
General Sessions, Headliners & Spinoffs
Joint Industry Session
America's Best Skills Competition - General Sessions, Round Table & Review
NAPT PDS incl. SNT 106
Geographically-Based Networking Event

Tuesday, Nov. 11
Registration
Headliners & Spinoffs
Trade Show (SNT 104)
Annual Awards & Networking Event

PLEASE NOTE NEW FORMAT CHANGES THIS YEAR: The 40th anniversary Summit features a one-day Trade Show, the America's Best Competition and specialized professional development training throughout the week. Call us at 800-989-6278 or visit our website at www.napt.org for more information. More

StopBullying.gov user guides now live
StopBullying.gov
Bullying can impact children's educational success, and can have lasting social and emotional consequences, so it is important to address this public health problem. The Health Resources and Services Administration's bullying prevention user guides are a great resource for addressing this issue. Now available in English and Spanish, it's featured as one of 11 user guides for community stakeholders, offering research, best practices and opportunities for involvement that are specific to the role educators and PSRPs play in the community. The hope is that this guide empowers individuals to tackle bullying on the local level and gives them the tools to do so effectively. More

Nevada school bus drivers get active shooter training
KRNV-TV
School bus drivers from Storey, Douglas and Churchill County recently got hands-on training by instructors at APEX SCF in Storey County. School bus drivers spent the first part of the morning in the classroom, acting out different scenarios. All of the scenarios were based around an active shooter. Instructors say this is the first group of bus drivers they've trained in the state, but after the recent tragedies right in our own backyards, they felt it was necessary. More

Eye on school safety
Coeur d'Alene Press
Students attending Coeur d'Alene public schools in Idaho recently returned from holiday break to buildings and buses that have new security features in place. One of the enhancements will make it more difficult to gain entry into Coeur d'Alene public schools when classes are in session. All buildings are now outfitted with new equipment — a buzzer, intercom and security camera — that will be used to control access to the schools at the main entrances.More

Share your expertise with others
MultiBriefs
In an effort to enhance the overall content of the NAPT MultiView News Brief, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of NAPT, your knowledge and experience in the industry can be of great help to your fellow members. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit, and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.More

Study: Cellphone dialing, texting is dangerous. Talking? Less so
CBS News
A sophisticated, real-world study confirms that dialing, texting or reaching for a cellphone while driving raises the risk of a crash or near-miss, especially for younger drivers. But the research also produced a surprise: Simply talking on the phone did not prove dangerous, as it has in other studies.More

Bus bullies beware: Cameras installed on Arizona school buses
Payson Roundup
In the past, it was almost a rite of passage to have a childhood story of harassment on the school bus — but not anymore. A generous donation from the Mogollon Sporting Association allowed the Payson Unified School District transportation department the ability to put cameras on buses. Now bus drivers and the bus barn can see exactly what happens on the bus from front to back and sometimes even what happens after children exit the bus. More

Gas prices will fall in 2014 — you may pay more at pump anyway
TIME
Gas prices may not have seemed all that cheap in 2013. But in fact, prices for the year as a whole were less expensive than they have been. Looking forward, the experts predict that while gas prices will rise and fall from month to month, yet the overall trend is for prices to keep retreating in 2014. More

How can developers make meaningful learning games for classrooms?
KQED
Though many educators are excited about game-based learning, the movement is still very much in a state of transition. Commercial game developers have quickly discovered it's easier and quicker to develop mobile apps aimed at parent consumers than it is to create an easy-to-use yet robust product to make a meaningful impact on classroom learning. Meanwhile, the education sector is focusing on how to use assessments with games, because although test scores certainly don't paint the whole picture, they remain the main data point for administrators and policymakers assessing schools and teachers.More

EGEST: Horror of bullying explored in 'edu-taining' student film
The Times and Democrat
Bullied throughout his life, Johnny Kershaw finally got the revenge he always envisioned — even if it meant trading part of his soul to do it. In the new horror film, "EGEST," executive producer and co-director Zebulun Dinkins takes the audience on a cinematic mystery of "tormented and voided souls." In an attempt to tackle other hard issues like abuse and teen suicide, the film takes a new approach to educate youth on the dangers of negative peer pressure.More

Money needed for Safe Routes to School
The Huntsville Item
City officials say additional funds are needed for construction engineering services to complete the Safe Route to School project, which began this past August. The Huntsville City Council soon will consider a budget amendment to use $129,000 of additional grant to cover engineering costs for the 5-phase project.More

Outdated phone rule left up to airlines
The Associated Press via Yahoo News
Phone calls on planes have been banned the past 22 year due to fear of interference with cellular networks on the ground. Since then, those concerns have been resolved thanks to technological advances. Now, as one part of the government looks to rescind the rule, another group wants to move forward with its own restrictions.More

Study explores science behind distracted driving
NECN and NBC News
Distracted driving is a dangerous habit thousands of Americans do every day. Dr. Manbir Sodhi, with the help of his engineering students at URI, has been studying distracted driving for years. The equipment used to track distracted driving is more high tech than when he started his research in 1999.More

No medical marijuana for District 214 students, staff, bus drivers
Daily Herald
Northwest Suburban High School District 214 in Illinois recently banned medical marijuana on school property. Officials inserted language into their policy that prohibits students, staff and visitors from possessing, or being under the influence of medical marijuana while on school property. Superintendent David Schuler said it also will be part of the contract with all the bus and taxi companies that transport District 214 students. More

Tormented over their looks, bullied teens seek plastic surgery
WRCB-TV
A nonprofit in New York has an admirable mission: to provide free plastic surgery for low-income children who have facial deformities. Some of the children who apply to the Little Baby Face Foundation do so because they are being teased over their looks. But is plastic surgery a smart way to help bullying victims? More

NHTSA moves ahead on backup-camera regulation
Automotive News
After several delays, the Obama administration is reviewing a revised rule that could push automakers to install backup cameras in more of their cars and trucks. The reworked regulation, submitted to the White House on Dec. 25, would set new rear visibility standards for light vehicles sold in the United States, according to a White House database that tracks the rulemaking process. The standards are aimed at keeping children from being run over and killed by vehicles moving in reverse.More

Distracted driving bigger problem for novice drivers
Reuters
If you're a novice driver, dialing a phone is more dangerous than retrieving text messages, and reaching for an object while driving is more likely to produce an accident than eating behind the wheel. Even experienced drivers face a dangerously-high risk of getting into an accident while manipulating a cellphone.More