|NAPT MultiView News Brief|
|Sep. 10, 2013|
New conference format
In order to bring you more content this year, we have introduced the concept of headliners and spin-offs. The headliner session (lasting a total of 60 minutes) will introduce the speakers and topics of the morning (or afternoon) from which you may choose. At the conclusion of the headliner, attendees will then adjourn to a different room with the speaker of their choice for a 30-minute (spin-off) workshop to dig deeper in that particular topic area. We have four major topic areas — special needs, fleet maintenance, safety & security, and key performance indicators. An expert will introduce — in 15 minutes — what s/he would like to explore in a spin-off. The second speaker previews his/her topic and so on. After hearing each of the 4 speakers, you may decide which session you'd most like to explore further in the spin-off session.More
2013 NAPT Awards Program application deadline is Sept. 16
The National Association for Pupil Transportation, together with support from our sponsors, is proud to offer an annual awards program to individuals and operators responsible for the safe transport of school children. Please consider nominating one of your dedicated staff, as we are accepting applications for the following awards:
Driver Trainer Award sponsored by IC Bus — Established to recognize school districts with exemplary driver training programs. Deadline: Sept. 16
Special Needs Transportation Award sponsored by Sure-Lok — Created to recognize superior special needs transportation service. Deadline: Sept. 16
Heroism Award sponsored by Blue Bird — Established to recognize heroism or acts of courage relating to school transportation. Deadline: Sept. 16
Continuing Education Award sponsored by Thomas Built Buses — Founded to encourage professional growth in the student transportation industry. Deadline: Sept. 16
Please log on to our website for applications and additional information: www.napt.org. More
The NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training Track will be offered at the NAPT SUMMIT
The following 11 classes and workshops will be offered in Grand Rapids this October, as part of our Special Needs Track. Participants who wish to receive SNT 106 credit, must attend any three of the seven sessions marked with * and complete the provided assignment. We're excited about the line-up:
NHTSA Child Passenger Safety Restraint Systems (SNT 102) Saturday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
This course uses the most current curriculum approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to teach the proper use and installation of Child Passenger Safety Restraint Systems on School Buses.
*Student Tracking for Medicaid Reimbursement Sunday 2:50-3:20 p.m.
Transportation of special needs students can be one of the most costly transportation expenses that a school district incurs. The federal government provides for the reimbursement of at least a portion of the cost to school districts of transporting special needs students who meet certain criteria through a Medicaid reimbursement process. The eligibility criteria and the processes are outlined in this informative session.
*Hot Topics in Special Needs Transportation (SNT 106) Sunday 3:30-4:30 p.m.
This interactive session will focus on the transportation "hot topics" industry professionals must address while providing transportation services for students with disabilities. Cameras on buses, the length of the bus ride, bullying, service animals and much more will be discussed.
*Parent & Client Perspectives Monday 9:35-10:05 a.m.
An assembled panel of experts including parents, clients and transportation professionals will examine the many nuances involved in providing student transportation services, with special attention to the positive interpersonal relationship-building that is critical to success.
Special Needs Transportation (SNT 101) Monday 1-5 p.m.
This cornerstone of the NAPT SNT Program uses the most recent edition of the NAPT Manual for Transporting Children with Disabilities, written by Dr. Linda Bluth, to explore the legal basis for special needs transportation.
*Rock Your Disability! Monday 4-4:45 p.m.
A rare virus sidelined Victoria Arlen when she was 11 years old, leaving her partially paralyzed but 100 percent determined to succeed. As a member of the U. S. Paralympic swimming team, she earned a gold medal, three silvers and a world-record in the women's 200 freestyle. Her inspiring presentation is brought to you by Q'Straint and NAPT.
*Transporting Critically Ill Students Monday 2:05-2:35 p.m.
Transporting medically fragile students is a special subset of student transportation, requiring specialized skills and credentials over and above of what is expected in general education transportation. Join us for an in-depth study of the issues involved in transporting this unique population.
Wheelchair Securement Tuesday 7-9 a.m.
This two-hour, hands-on, interactive session will provide techniques in the proper use and operation involved in wheelchair securement.
*The Importance of Travel Training Tuesday 11:20-11:50 p.m.
The goal of this session is to provide transportation professionals with strategies for integrating transportation content, including travel instruction, into the educational experience students with disabilities and discuss why public transportation education is critical to students' post-secondary success.
Managing Special Needs Student Behaviors (SNT 105) Wednesday 1-5 p.m.
This course takes an in-depth look at behavior management strategies that work with students of all ages. The emphasis is on best practices for supporting a safe school bus environment.
*Issues & Challenges in Head Start Transportation Wednesday 2:05-2:35 p.m.
Recent funding and support cut backs have Head Start organizations reeling to maintain the quality of their programs – including transportation services. "Doing more with less" has become "doing more with none," inspiring creative solutions to preserve transportation safety goals. This workshop will look at staffing, regulatory compliance demands, safety training and a few other daunting tasks Head Start organizations are facing in order to continue providing quality transportation services to this important population of students.
For more information on the NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training Program visit our website: NAPT PDS & SNT Info. More
The NAPT KPI Project track will be offered at the NAPT Summit
The NAPT KPI project was launched in 2011 at the NAPT Summit in Cincinnati to identify best practices in pupil transportation. With a favorable membership response, the committee took the next step at the 2012 NAPT Summit to focus on the educational component of the program. Moving ahead, the goal for the 2013 NAPT Summit in Grand Rapids is to gather initial data to develop industry measurements.
We're excited to announce our KPI track for the Grand Rapids Summit:
Continuous Improvement and Quality Improvement GE — Join us for this Sunday morning keynote presentation as Ronald Frank, Global Research Lean Leader for GE Global Research Center, Niskayuna, NY, will discuss the importance of quality and continuous improvement from an "outside" perspective.
KPI Status Update — Sun. 3:30-4:30 p.m.
This spinoff workshop will discuss the yellowbus KPI collection tool, discuss what data elements will be available for NAPT members, and what we have learned to date.
Essential Concepts in Data Utilization — Mon. 9:35-10:05 a.m.
Your mission, vision, and goal statements likely already include commitments to safe, reliable and efficient transportation, but how do you quantify that and analyze your progress? This workshop will help you define, track and report your use of key performance indicators and what motivates you to implement them.
Tools for Tracking KPI's — Mon. 2:05-2:35 p.m.
Learn about the various methods for tracking data and the tools that can help you do it. From district-level to state and national, the use of various internal tracking and outside comparison tools will be discussed, both as separate entities and how integration of all three can work to your advantage.
Hands on Training & Customized Consulting — Mon. 2:45-3:45 p.m.
This workshop will consist of a variety of stations to give you a more hands-on approach to reviewing KPI definitions, collecting data, entering data into the NAPT KPI Tool, and discussing the impact and meaning of various data points. There will be a note sent to all conference attendees telling them what data they should bring from their own operation to make full use of this session.
Brief/Debrief on KPI Definitions — Tues. 11:20-11:50 a.m.
We will examine the 13 data elements collected in the initial NAPT KPI survey and begin work on analyzing new data elements and discuss the impact those elements will have on future KPIs.
Marching Orders: Next Steps in the KPI Project — Wed. 2:05-2:35 p.m.
With your support, the tools and resources that are developed from the KPI project will be presented at the 16th National Congress on School Transportation, in May 2015, with the overriding goal of benefiting the industry at large; but more importantly, it will help you improve your operations. Ultimately, you'll possess the ability to chart your district's progress year over year, and to compare your operations to others like yours, if desired. More
How safe are your schools? Strategies for defending against armed attackers
By H. Anthony Semone, Ph.D., and Harris Sokoloff, Ph.D.
School superintendents across the nation are working with staff, local police, fire officials and other experts to figure out how to make sure nothing like the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School happens in their districts. Although we are unlikely to be able to achieve that goal — sadly, one or more heavily armed and determined attackers will be nearly impossible to stop — we can get close.More
Children are back to school let's keep them safe
U.S. Department of Transportation FastLane
It's "Back to School" time the season when the daylight hours grow shorter and our roads grow busier. It's also time to get street smart. Fewer daylight hours can make it harder for motorists to see young students. So, whether your children are walking, riding a bicycle, or catching a school bus or other public transportation to travel to and from school, please take a few moments to talk to them about safety.More
Recess can reduce bullying and prepare students to learn
The Washington Post
Research released this past spring shows that recess — when it's well-organized — can make a real difference in schools, resulting in students who feel safer, bully less and are more ready to learn. "Recess and other school-based playtime are some of the least studied elements of the school day," says the study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. "This new research contributes to a growing body of evidence that a safe, healthy, and organized recess environment has the potential to be a key driver of better behavior and learning."More
More yellow school buses to go green
Trnasport for Greater Manchester
Even more of Greater Manchester, England's yellow school buses are set to go green after a successful bid for government funding. Transport for Greater Manchester has been awarded £682,890 ($1,072,731) from the Clean Bus Technology Fund to upgrade 30 of the region's earliest Yellow School Buses. Greater Manchester's fleet of 81 Yellow School Buses run to schools across the county, and include 39 green hybrid-electric vehicles. A further 10 hybrid buses will be introduced onto school services in the next 12 months. Now, 30 of the older vehicles which run on diesel will be retrofitted with air pollution control equipment to cut down on harmful emissions.More
Picture of crowded school bus raises questions of safety
A West Michigan parent is outraged after her son and other students were allegedly forced to sit in the aisle of their school bus because, she claims, it was overloaded. Superintendent Tom Enslen of the Thornapple Kellogg School District said he is aware of the issue and said it's a common problem across the state. More
Share your expertise with others
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
New York districts address cyberbullying in and out of school
As students head back to school, something that can cause a lot of anxiety for both children and parents is social media. With the changing world of technology, schools are constantly adjusting their policies about social media to protect students from cyber-bullying. More
Deputies ride school buses, push safety in Ohio
Stark County Sheriff's deputies were recently positioned around schools, shadowed buses and even rode with the children at schools throughout the county in an effort to enforce school bus safety and crack down on drivers who violate safety rules. As the school year kicks into full gear, Sheriff George T. Maier said he hopes the increased visibility of deputies reminds folks to look for buses, slowdown in school zones, and watch for stop signs and flashing lights when buses stop to load and unload students.More
The scientific way to stay sane under stress
American Express OPEN Forum
Are you sometimes so stressed, you feel as if you're going insane? Use the following six tips and science-based tools to keep stress out of your life and away from your business.More
Expert tips for school bus safety
HealthDay News via Medical Xpress
By talking to children about school bus safety and reviewing certain rules at the beginning of the year, parents can help prevent avoidable accidents, an expert says.More
Teens sentenced to indefinite probation in Florida bus beating
Three teenagers charged in a vicious school bus beating were recently sentenced to indefinite probation in a Florida juvenile court.More
5 reasons every employer needs an employee handbook
By D. Albert Brannen
The days of believing that a handbook can cause more harm than good are long gone. In today's business environment, a handbook serves both as a sword to carve out your legal rights, as well as a shield to protect them. A handbook sets expectations, encourages employees to behave in certain ways, helps ensure employees are treated consistently, publicizes employee benefits and helps win unemployment claims and lawsuits. These are just a few of the reasons why every employer, regardless of the number of employees, should have one. More
Boston Public Schools: New technology to improve busing
Bay State Banner
On Sept. 4, Boston Public Schools started off the school year in the passing lane with its new bus contract and an increased emphasis on technology to make its bus service better. Some of the new services include a bus app that will allow parents to track their children's buses and know exactly where they are on the way to and from school.More
Will your car be driving itself by 2020?
It all sounds like science fiction: cars that drive themselves, navigate streets and avoid crashes. Does this mean that within seven years you will be whisked down the street by your car while texting or making phone calls legally? Probably not. While the technology involving video cameras and radar sensors exists now in experimental form, concerns about how to regulate such cars for highway safety will likely slow their adoption. "The car no matter how automated is not yet ready to be more than a co-pilot," said National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator David Strickland in a statement. "And every co-pilot needs a pilot. Before self-driving vehicles can roam our streets, we have to resolve some of the challenges."More
Xiamen Golden Dragon shows off 'smart school bus' that can count heads
What's on Xiamen
The Xiamen Golden Dragon Bus Co., Ltd recently demonstrated a new "smart school bus" in that can automatically count heads when students get on and off the bus to prevent problems such as overloading or driving away unaware of sleeping students. As the new semester begins, students' safety problems on the roads have once again become a hot topic after a recent accident in Henan Province, China.More