NAPT MultiView News Brief
Feb. 11, 2014

NAPT PDS and SNT courses available at upcoming events

For NAPT members interested in pursuing career development, certification and recertification, and/or the NAPT Special Needs Program, we will be announcing dates and locations of our course offerings throughout the year.

If you wish to receive NAPT credit for PDS or SNT course offerings at upcoming events, and an official course completion certificate from NAPT, please click on the specific location you are interested in (below). You'll be taken to a registration page that details all the information you need, including a link to the conference site.

TSD Conference (Transporting Students with Disabilities and Preschoolers): Course Web link

RATSA (Rochester Area Transportation Supervisors Association): Course Web link

The NAPT Professional Development Series is the industry's only comprehensive training program designed exclusively for school transportation professionals; offering nearly 40 different courses for the classroom and many are now available online.

Visit our website: NAPT PDS page.

The NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training Program was created to encourage individuals involved in school transportation to enhance their knowledge about transporting students with disabilities and promote excellent leadership skills for the community of transportation personnel serving children of all ages with special needs.

For more information, click here: SNT Brochure .More

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: American Traffic Solutions, Espar Climate Systems, Innovative Transportation Solutions, IC Bus, a Navistar Company, Rifled Air Conditioning, and U.S. Computing, 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.

American Traffic Solutions (www.atsol.com) is a provider of traffic safety, mobility and compliance solutions for state & local governments, commercial fleets and rental car companies.

Espar Climate Systems (www.espar.com) carries a range of independent and compact fuel operated air and coolant heater products.

Innovative Transportation Solutions (www.itranssolutions.org) provides a variety of services in educational transportation to enhance safety, efficiency and effectiveness in transportation operations.

IC Bus, a Navistar Company (www.icbus.com) is a global leader in passenger protection, chassis design, engines and ergonomics. The company also produces commercial buses.

Rifled Air Conditioning (www.rifledair.com) supplies A/C products and a complete line of condensers and evaporators with unique rifled-tubing technology to the bus industry.

Seon System Sales, Inc. (www.seon.com) is a supplier of mobile surveillance equipment for the bus & coach industry.

U.S. Computing, Inc. (www.uscomputinginc.com) provides GIS consulting & development, software consulting and technical infrastructure support.More

House lawmakers weigh federal role in early-childhood education
Education Week
President Barack Obama's marquee, multibillion-dollar proposal to entice states to expand their prekindergarten offerings — which already was a political long shot — recently hit yet another roadblock during a House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing. But, in what may be a sort of consolation prize to early-childhood advocates, the long-stalled reauthorization of another program for the youngest children — the Child Care and Development Block Grant program — may see fresh momentum.More

Senator wants to remove mileage caps on school buses
The Tullahoma News
A trio of Tennessee legislators recently had an opportunity to hear about the issues weighing on the minds of city officials and board members when they attended the annual legislative dinner hosted by Mayor Lane Curlee. Sen. Janice Bowling, R-Tullahoma, said she is advocating for a bill that would remove all mileage and age restrictions currently on the books for school buses. According to existing state law, buses must be retired from service after 17 years or 200,000 miles, whichever comes first. More

Superintendents: Business leaders lack knowledge about K-12 education
Education Week
Most school superintendents in the United States say businesses are positively influencing their districts, but it's usually in a fragmented, "checkbook philanthropy" way, rather than a transformative, systemic approach, concludes a study and a white paper recently released by Harvard Business School, The Boston Consulting Group and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. More

Therapy dogs teach bully prevention in Texas schools
KTRK-TV
VideoBriefA group in Texas is using therapy dogs to try and prevent bullying in schools. CNN reports that the program is called Paws Against Bullying, and it uses "man's best friend" to shine a new light on one of America's growing problems — bullying.More

SnowJammed? There's an app for that
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency had — but did not use — a system to send weather and traffic alerts directly to people's cellphones during the crippling Jan. 28 snowstorm, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned. Georgia received federal approval to use the technology, which resembles the "Amber alert" system for missing children, in 2012. In theory, alerts might have urged people to stay at home on the day of the storm, not to hit the roads as gridlock developed, and provided shelter and safety information through the night.More

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet starts Web portal
WPSD-TV
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has launched a Web portal that makes vast amounts of information available to the public. With a click of a mouse, someone can find out how many electric vehicles are registered in Kentucky, how much was spent last year on highway projects in each county and where state-maintained bridges are located. More

V2V: Cars communicating to prevent crashes, deaths, injuries
U.S. Department of Transportation FastLane
Communication is a key ingredient for success: In business, in personal relationships and even in sports. Soon, it will also become an essential factor in automotive safety due to a technology known as vehicle-to-vehicle communications. After years of research and unprecedented coordination between industry and across government, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced its decision to begin taking the next steps toward implementing V2V technology in all new cars and trucks. More

Despite safety precautions, shootings continue
The Associated Press via ABC News
The number of school shootings in the U.S. hasn't reduced much despite safety efforts across the country over the past year. So far this year there have been 11 shootings, along with other gun-related issues in school parking lots and elsewhere on campuses. More

School district to wait extra year to park buses
The Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle
Due to a misunderstanding over the timeline of a required notification period, a central Indiana school district that lost its bid to end bus service at the end of 2014 will have to continue to provide transportation longer than previously thought.More

Students finally get home after sleeping at school
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Hundreds of Atlanta-area students who were recently stranded overnight in their schools were finally sent home, a day after snowy and icy roads prevented them from leaving. More than 100 schoolchildren and 35 staff members including some parents and bus drivers spent the night at the school.More

Many drivers putting students in danger
KTMF-TV
VideoBriefThe National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services annual survey said 85,279 drivers illegally passed a school bus while picking up or dropping off students in 29 states, including Montana, last year. It is a trend many school bus drivers are seeing across the state. Montana's law, like many states, requires drivers to prepare to stop when they see the yellow warning lights flashing on the school bus and stop when the red lights flash and the stop sign is extended.More

Middle schools create mural to help put a stop to bullying
WMGM-TV
Middle school can be a scary place. In addition to the usual challenges of school, work, and dealing with teachers, students also have to worry about each other. According to the National Education Associated, 160,000 students miss school each day for fear of bullying or intimidation. Students and educators agree — modern technology is making the problem worse. But the hundreds of faculty, staff and students at Alder Avenue Middle School in Egg Harbor Township, N.J., are facing the problem head on, painting a mural at the center of the school to promote positive attitudes. More

Florida lawmakers push bills banning biometric scans of school children
Reuters
Florida lawmakers recently gave unanimous preliminary approval to bills seeking to forbid school districts from collecting biometric data on students. The issue is being taken up after parents were outraged in 2013 to find students' eyes were being scanned as a condition of boarding school buses in central Florida's Polk County School District. A security company captured the iris images of 750 students in a pilot project before it was stopped. Neither parents nor the school superintendent were informed of the project before its launch.More

Senator faults driver distractions, weighs US rules
Bloomberg
A top U.S. senator is vowing to pursue rules governing in-vehicle use of mobile phones and Internet-connected entertainment systems unless automakers and technology companies do more to reduce driver distractions. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W. Va., told officials of companies including General Motors Co., Toyota Motor Corp., Google Inc., Samsung Electronics Co., AT&T Inc. and Apple Inc. to move faster on implementing standards for in-car technology use.More

Cameras becoming a vital tool in school bus safety
WMAR-TV
VideoBriefSafety for students at schools has taken on an added importance in recent years. The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., was an extreme example of the violence that can occur in schools. But, there are everyday incidents that have caused schools to take a closer look at how to ensure students are in the safest environment possible. More

Driving lessons in snow and winter conditions
By Jack Webber
Driving during the summer and winter are two completely different things. Do not let anyone tell you otherwise. Many have heard stories about how such-and-such did not let the weather change how they drove. They are usually the ones who end up in the ditch at the first sign of snow. I always want to learn new things, and I encourage you all to do the same. I have learned a lot about driving conditions this winter alone, so let me offer you a few tips.More