NAPT MultiView News Brief
Mar. 19, 2013

NAPT Safety and Security Committee update

The NAPT Safety and Security Steering Committee recently met with the NAPT Executive Committee to discuss current issues and potential strategies for ensuring the safety of students on school buses. Industry veterans Charlie Hood, State Transportation Director of Florida; Kathy Furneaux, Executive Director, PTSI (Pupil Transportation Safety Institute), N.Y.; David Anderson, Director for Transportation & Fleet, Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Colo.; and Denny Coughlin School Bus Training Transportation Consultant, Minn., spoke last week.

They would like to develop a variety of resources, including webinars, PPT presentations, workshops and/or training programs, white papers, sample policies, potential legislation for a diverse audience: school bus drivers, trainers, school transportation supervisors and/or directors and perhaps even non-transportation personnel, like law enforcement, emergency responders and education administrators.

A project timeline and outline are in the works. For more information go to our Safety and Security webpage. More

NAPT and STN co-host 2013 Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo
Winners announced - NAPT member places 1st!

The National Association for Pupil Transportation and STN Media Group, owner and publisher of School Transportation News magazine, recently signed an agreement to co-produce the Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo, held in conjunction with the Transporting Students with Special Needs and Preschoolers National Conference in Frisco, Texas.

The Roadeo was held on March 9, and we are pleased to announce the winners below:

First place: Myra Walstead and Jesse Hill (NAPT member!); from Academy School District 20, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Second place: Rhonda Fiddler and Susan Nulph; from Cherokee County Schools, Marietta, Ga.

Third place: Robelyn Watson and Cynthia Wright; from San Diego Unified School District, San Diego, Calif.

The three-day Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo includes training, a written exam and hands-on competition. To be eligible at the national competition, participants must have achieved success at state-level events. Participants compete in bus driving and operational events that test five core functions: pre-check; wheelchair loading and securement; car-seat securement; student management; and emergency evacuation.

"NAPT has been working for nearly a decade to make the National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo a practical, hands-on exercise in safety and interpersonal communications," said Alexandra Robinson, president of NAPT and executive director of student transportation for the New York City Department of Education. "We are more excited than ever about this event as a result of our newly formed partnership with STN. We are confident that together, NAPT and STN can make the Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo a bigger and better showcase for people around the nation who work with our most vulnerable students."

The Roadeo was held at Frisco Independent School District and was sponsored by Q'Straint and Sure-Lok. For more information, go to our website at

NAPT PDS and SNT courses available at many upcoming conferences

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

For anyone that wants 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.

OASBO (Ontario Association of School Business Officials): OASBO Course Web Link

TAA (Transportation Administrators of Arizona): TAA Course Web link

VAPT (Virginia Association for Pupil Transportation): VAPT Course Web link

ASTSBC (Association of School Transportation Services of British Columbia): ASTSBC Course Web link

MAPT (Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation): MAPT 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

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