NAPT MultiView News Brief
Feb. 25, 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: AngelTrax Mobile Video Surveillance, FirstLab, SafeGuard/IMMI, School Transportation News, Thomas Built Buses, and Tyler Technologies. Their logos will be posted for the next couple of weeks, so please take a moment to become familiar with the products and services they offer.

AngelTrax Mobile Video Surveillance (www.angeltrax.com) is a provider of mobile surveillance systems, including DVR systems and virtual synchronized mapping technology, for the school bus, mass transit and rail industries.

FirstLab (www.firstlab.com) offers a full range of services related to managing substance abuse testing programs.

SafeGuard/IMMI (www.safeguardseat.com) supplies restraint and adaptive seating solutions for school and transit buses.

School Transportation News (www.stnonline.com) is a monthly news and feature magazine serving the field of pupil transportation.

Thomas Built Buses (www.thomasbus.com) is an OEM that provides a full line of driver-friendly school, activity, commercial and specialty buses and school buses.

Tyler Technologies (www.tylertech.com) provides software and services to the public sector, including solutions for state, county and local governments and schools.More

Across America, students, teachers, parents Love The Bus
U.S. Department of Transportation FastLane
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx writes, "As both a parent and the Secretary of Transportation, I know the importance of providing safe transportation to our nation's children as they go to school each day. For millions of America's children and teens, that means the familiar yellow school bus. And on Friday, at Oak Hill Elementary School in High Point, N.C., I joined Principal Ashton Wheeler Clemmons, Guilford County School Superintendent Maurice Green, and High Point Mayor Bernita Sims in a Love The Bus celebration to give those buses and their drivers the thanks they deserve."More

US to raise fuel efficiency standards for larger trucks
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama recently announced that the government will tighten fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, part of an ongoing effort to use his executive authority to address climate change and spur domestic manufacturing. This is the second time Obama has mandated a cut in fuel consumption and carbon emissions from medium- and heavy-duty trucks, a category that includes large pickup trucks, school buses and 18-wheel tractor-trailers.More

School bus video cameras deterring reckless drivers
WGMB-TV
VideoBrief If you think you can sneak around a stopped East Baton Rouge Parish school bus, think again. Video monitoring equipment has been snapping pictures of those disobeying the laws in Louisiana for over a year now. "What we're finding as word gets out there, that the buses are equipped like this and people are refreshed in the driving rules, we're seeing fewer incidents," explained Keith Bromery, with the EBR school system. But police want to remind everyone when you see those flashing lights and that big red sign, you have to treat it like any other traffic signal.More

Effects of bullying may add up in children
Reuters
The negative physical and mental effects tied to bullying among children and teens may accumulate throughout the years, according to a new study. Researchers found that teens who had been bullied in the past and those currently being bullied tended to have a lower quality of life, compared to those who were bullied less or not at all. This finding and previous research on the effects of bullying suggest more rigorous work should be done on finding ways to intervene and stop bullying. More

School districts rolling out fingerprint program for background checks
The Boston Globe
After months of delays, Massachusetts school districts have started fingerprinting teachers, administrators, bus drivers and other employees, and forwarding the information to the FBI for national background checks. The effort officially began this month in a handful of districts, with all school systems to follow in the coming weeks. Massachusetts is the last state to fingerprint school employees to more fully search for past criminal activity, state officials said.More

New law seeks to stop distracted teen driving
92.3 KTAR-FM
Distracted driving has been a focus of law enforcement and state legislatures for years, and now they're taking aim at trying to curb teens from distracted driving. The Arizona State Legislature is reviewing a proposal that would make it illegal for newly-licensed teens to use a mobile device while driving, said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs with Triple-A of Arizona.More

Proposed rule: Commercial driver's license drug and alcohol clearinghouse
FMCSA
FMCSA proposes to establish the Commercial Driver's License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, a database under the Agency's administration that will contain controlled substances and alcohol test result information for the holders of commercial driver's licenses. More

Eager to get seat belts on students, state senator drove a school bus
92.3 KTAR-FM
When children ride school buses, Sen. Barbara McGuire, D-Ariz., doesn't understand why they can't wear seat belts. "We have them buckle up in our cars. It doesn't make sense not to have them buckle up elsewhere," said McGuire.More

Distracted driving: What you can do
USA Today
According to the federal Department of Transportation, 3,328 Americans were killed in 2012 because of distracted-driving crashes. Among 15- to 19-year-old drivers involved in fatal crashes, 21 percent were distracted by the use of cellphones.More

Student honored for making school bus stop safer
KABC-TV
VideoBriefA Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., elementary school student is being hailed a hero for helping improve safety outside his school. The young boy got a special salute this past week from the San Bernardino County sheriff. Sterling Vieau, 10, says he is amazed at the number of cars and trucks not stopping at the intersection of Hellman and Wilson avenues. Once he noticed the cars not stopping, Vieau decided to do a survey. More

The rise of blended learning coaches
eSchool News
While not necessarily commonplace, blended learning — any instance in which a student learns in both a brick-and-mortar school and through an online delivery platform — is growing in popularity in districts across the nation, due in part to its cost savings potential and its ability to let students personalize their learning. In the face of increased blended learning opportunities, a new role has emerged for some educators: that of the blended learning "coach," or "success coach," whose job is to provide support and guidance to students, acting as a mentor, a counselor and more. More

Technology allows school district to track buses
Sioux City Herald
The school bus driver cautiously drove students home on an unfamiliar route. Despite the driver's best efforts, the bus found itself caught in a snow drift along Laudeville Road. The Telegraph Herald reports new technology installed in 124 Dubuque, Iowa, Community School District vehicles allowed multiple vehicles to be dispatched to the exact location of the incident a couple of weeks ago. In years past, the substitute driver would have used the radio to communicate with officials and guessed where the bus was stuck.More

School district looks at buses powered by alternative fuel
Methow Valley News
A school bus powered by propane recently made a tour of the Methow Valley, Wash., part of the school district's research into potential replacements for its aging bus fleet. The district is looking into propane buses because the fuel is cleaner and easier on the engines, therefore requiring less maintenance, said Methow Valley School District Transportation Supervisor Hunter Maltais. More

Federal agency looking into fatal bus, car crash
The Daily Advertiser
The National Transportation Safety Board is in Acadiana to investigate Saturday's fatal crash involving an SUV and a school bus carrying the Lafayette High School baseball team. It is very unusual for the NTSB to investigate automobile accidents. "We do about one in a million, about a dozen a year," said Peter Knudson, a public information officer for the NTSB. "Anytime a school bus is in a major accident, it gets our attention," said Knudson. More

Many believe technology has made it easier to bully someone
eTurboNews
School bullying, unfortunately, continues to make regular appearances in both local and national headlines. While several prominent bullying incidents in recent years have led to an increase in efforts to combat the issue, it seems to persevere; use of social media and texting to bully peers adds to the complexity which communities face when trying to address the matter. And with 6 in 10 U.S. adults feeling that bullying in schools today is more common than when they were in school, we as a society still clearly have our work cut out for us.More