NAPT Dispatch
Dec. 16, 2014

4 weeks 'til NAPT's LED webinar series kicks off
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Register online today!

Join your colleagues and leaders in the industry for NAPT's 2015 Leading Every Day (LED) webinar series. Online registration is open!

World-renowned George Pitagorsky will serve as our facilitator for the series of 6 webinars covering Project Management and Long-Term Process Initiatives, with a focus on behavior skills. Click here to learn more about each webinar.

No need to travel! NAPT's 2015 LED initiative is easily accessible from the comfort of your office, home, and even your tablet! And all sessions will be recorded, so if one doesn't fit your schedule you'll still be able to access the recording.

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Now open: registration for 18th Annual National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo
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Co-presented by the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) and School Transportation News (STN), the Roadeo is held in conjunction with the Transporting Students with Disabilities Conference and Trade Show, which takes place March 20-25, 2015, at the Embassy Suites in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas. Click here to register your team for the Roadeo today! We note: registration for the Roadeo and for the TSD Conference are separate.

What's Included with Roadeo Registration? Teams consist of one driver and one attendant. Registration for Teams and Judges includes:

Looking for NAPT CSNT (Certificate of Special Needs Transportation) credit? The TSD Conference offers NAPT-approved training courses with credits toward the Special Needs Transportation (SNT) Endorsement program and the new Certificate of Special Needs Transportation (CSNT) program. These Professional Development Series (PDS) courses require additional fees separate from the conference registration cost. Follow these steps to ensure you receive credit!
  1. Register for the TSD conference — click here
  2. Register for credit for NAPT-approved courses — click here
Questions regarding NAPT's PDS registration process should be directed to NAPT at 800.989.6278. Questions about registration for the TSD conference should be directed to STN at 310.802.7802. More

NAPT recertification reminder
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Exciting news for those NAPT Certified members that earned the Director, Supervisor and Specialist certifications prior to 2011; your recertification deadline has been extended to December 31, 2015. Click here for the Recertification Packet.

In order to recertify, you must maintain a continuous annual NAPT membership as well as achieve a minimum number of points as follows:

The points must be accrued and submitted along with recertification form and a payment of $25.

Members with certification dates in 2012 through today are required to submit recertification requirements every three years following certification. For example, a 2012 certification date means a 2015 recertification date. If you're wondering when you're due for recertification, or have any questions regarding NAPT's Professional Development Series and Certification programs, please contact our Education Specialist, Josh Bresett, at josh.bresett@napt.org or 800.989.NAPT (6278).More

Vendor Spotlight: On the spot? Come to the spotlight
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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: Easy Bus, Inc., Rifled Air Conditioning Inc., Safety Systems & Controls Inc., and Transportation Safety Products. 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.

Easy Bus, Inc.'s (www.easybus.com) passion is writing easy-to-use software that addresses the many challenges facing each field trip or charter that departs from a bus garage: driver training, vehicle maintenance, scheduling, online trip/charter requests, approval processes, budgeting, driver selection, invoicing, and reporting. They built the company around a unique value proposition: Rather than focusing on sales and market share, they have a disproportionate number of staff in support and development with a focus on building a relationship with each client that complements their software.

Rifled Air Conditioning Inc. (www.rifledair.com) has been in business for 20 years in 2014. Founded in 1994, Rifled Air began in the transportation industry by installing A/C, wheel chair lifts, video systems and other aftermarket components. Recognizing a growing need for bus air conditioning, RAC expanded its operations to include manufacturing. This allowed the company to be the first to bring grooved copper coiled technology to the bus industry.

Safety Systems & Controls Inc. (www.loadingzonesafety.com) designs products that enhance driveability and safety of industrial and commercial equipment. Enhancements include controlling transmission directional changes, top vehicle travel speeds, acceleration rates, when engines turn off and why and how much traction control is needed to limit tire slippage.

Transportation Safety Products (www.talkybus.com) Protect your students with the safety alarm from Transportation Safety Products, Inc. in Sunbury, Ohio. Their Child Safety Alarm System™ is an advanced voice alarm that alerts children with three distinct, clear, and loud voice messages. You tailor the message, and you can put it into a variety of languages. TSP was founded in 1994 by Dean Rose, a school bus mechanic for 25 years in Columbus, Ohio. The company is dedicated to the cost-efficient design, production, and distribution of voice-alarm safety systems. Our manufacturing partner is Floyd Bell, Inc., the world’s custom audible alarm leader.More

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Smartphones, iPads, TVs, computers, videogames. Technology is omnipresent, especially for young students. They just can't get enough; one 2013 study found that college students check their digital devices for non-class purposes 11 times per day on average, and 80 percent of them admitted that the technology was distracting them from class. This has some educators and scientists concerned: Are students distracted because their brains are hard-wired for it after a lifetime of screens? Is there a cultural or behavioral element to the fixation that has infiltrated the classroom?More

JCPS continues work on reducing ride time on buses, improving student assignment process
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The average amount of time an elementary-aged student spends riding a school bus in Jefferson County is at the lowest it has been in recent years, according to a new report that will be shared with the school board. Elementary students in Jefferson County Public Schools are spending an average of 26.3 minutes on a school bus daily this year, down from 27.3 minutes last year and 29.3 minutes in 2012-2013. Meanwhile, middle and high school students are spending slightly more time on buses — 30.4 minutes this year, compared to 30.1 minutes last year and 30.2 minutes two years ago.More

Two years after Sandy Hook: Mental health funding still lags
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The New York Times
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