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NAPT & US DOE need your help
The Unites States Department of Education has asked for our help in evaluating the market penetration of its bully prevention training, which was created by NAPT, the Education Department's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools and the Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center. The materials were released in June 2011 and were designed to help bus drivers create a safe and respectful environment on our nation's school buses. To assess the reach of the project, we'd appreciate your help with this short follow-up survey, www.surveymonkey.com/s/BullyingPreventionTraining.
Please respond by the end of business today, January 21, 2014.
Thank you for your help. Your feedback will assist our continuing efforts to address bullying on school buses.
FMCSA Bus Safety Roundtable update
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration held a Bus Safety Roundtable on Dec. 6, 2013. They asked organizations with an interest in the safe transportation of students and youth to participate in an important discussion that focused on how you can help your members make safety the primary consideration when chartering a bus or booking bus travel.
NAPT Region 2 Director, Barry Sudduth, attended the meeting and provided a summary of the results to the NAPT membership in mid-December. NAPT is pleased to provide some additional information as a follow-up to the FMCSA Roundtable.
* Secretary Foxx's blog post on the Bus Safety Roundtable and the recent shutdown of 52 unsafe companies (you can view the blog here).
* FMCSA's Facebook page
* Social media samples for your use: Facebook posts and tweets (below)
We hope that you share the FMCSA resources introduced at the roundtable with your members as well as friends and followers on your social media sites to encourage all travelers to look before they book a bus trip.
From SYTA Teach & Travel eNews: 'Top 3 things to know when planning your next bus trip'
Click here for Resources and sample social media posts.
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: Bus Bulletin, Inc., Delco Remy, First Student, Inc., School Bus Safety Company, and Zonar. 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.
Bus Bulletin, Inc. (www.busbulletin.com) is a Web-based pupil transportation notification system designed specifically for district transportation departments to improve communication of transportation information.
Delco Remy (www.delcoremy.com) offers starters and alternators from Remy International, Inc. for medium and heavy duty truck, bus and off highway applications worldwide.
First Student, Inc. (www.firststudentinc.com) provides transportation services to 1,400 school districts across 38 U.S. states and 9 Canadian provinces, transporting 6 million students daily.
School Bus Safety Company (www.schoolbussafetyco.com) Utilizing experts in fleet operations, industrial psychology, instructional design and performance improvement experts, the company provides school bus driver safety training programs.
Zonar (www.zonarsystems.com) was established to help fleets improve efficiency and regulatory compliance. The company provides electronic inspection, fleet tracking, telematics and transportation management systems.
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Child dragged by school bus
For every trip, every mile, a school bus driver is solely responsible for the safety of his or her student passengers while they are on, or in close proximity to, the bus. The inattention of the bus driver in this case nearly lead to tragedy. PLEASE show this story to your school bus drivers and remind them that a bus SHOULD NOT MOVE unless and until the driver is certain every child is clear of the danger zone.
Study: Children are getting beat up at school
The Boston Globe
School is supposed to be a safe place for children. Not only is it where we send them to learn, it's a place with rules and supervising adults. Sure, there's always the possibility of falling off the swing or tripping over a chair but we shouldn't have to worry about our children being beat up. A study recently published in the journal Pediatrics says that actually, we do need to worry.
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Traffic tech: New car technology could slash your commute time
NY Daily News
City planners have been struggling for years to handle increasing numbers of automobiles in urban and suburban areas. Thanks to a raft of new technologies being developed by carmakers, municipalities, or in some cases, both, our commutes may soon become much more enjoyable or at least a bit more tolerable.
School bus pilot program earns top grades for safety
When school opened this fall in Connecticut, student safety was a high priority for Simsbury Public Schools administrators. They considered it important to assess student safety not only in school but on the way to school as well. Through a unique grant opportunity from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the district implemented a pilot program that returned some very surprising results — much more than just a passing grade in school bus safety.
Victim of distracted driver carries powerful message to students
The Buffalo News
The message "just hang up and drive" was recently delivered to nearly 1,000 students at Lake Shore High School in Angola, N.Y., by Jacy Good, 27, who survived an accident that killed her parents. The teen driver who hit their car was allegedly using a cellphone. Good said she cannot recall the accident but has had it retold to her by her brother and husband. Video clips of her husband, Steve Johnson, are included in the powerful message she carries to students and adults throughout the country.
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Wi-Fi turns school activity bus into extended classroom
It wasn't all that long ago that wireless internet, or Wi-Fi, seemed like a luxury only to be used for specific purposes by large corporations or complex businesses. But at Nevis School District in Minnesota, it's now in a school bus. The activity bus used to transport students involved in sports, speech and other extracurricular activities will now be capable of transmitting a Wi-Fi signal provided by Verizon Wireless.
Parent class grads will tackle academics, bullying and cultural awareness
The Seattle Times
As one way to increase parent participation, Seattle Public Schools offers classes aimed at nurturing parents' leadership skills. The classes were among a number of Puget Sound parent programs highlighted in a recent Education Lab story that focused on an exemplary program in Chicago. Recently, 24 parents successfully completed the most recent session, a joint effort of the school district and the Seattle Council PTSA. In a ceremony at South Shore K-8 in southeast Seattle, the parents presented ideas they will now carry out in their schools.
2014 promises improved bus safety
U.S. Department of Transportation FastLane
Motorcoach travel provides mobility and connectivity for millions of Americans of all ages. They also provide one of America's safest forms of transportation. But why not make it safer? The U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are committed to the vision that passengers should enjoy the same standard of safety regardless of whether they are traveling by car, bus, train or plane.
School officials to bus drivers: 'Stop parking at home'
Drivers are not supposed to take buses home at night unless it saves the district money on fuel costs and mileage. In other words, if they live closer than where they would normally park their bus, then it benefits the district and the driver to take the bus home at night. However, an internal audit on Jefferson County School District's 400 buses show that 61 of them are going home each day with their drivers to places further than their bus route, and it's costing the district around $172,000 in fuel costs.
Will Google Glass be the next ban in distracted driving?
Traffic laws tend to be one step behind technology. After all, the first state law prohibiting texting while driving came about six years ago. And now with Google Glass on the horizon to hit the masses, some are wondering how wearable technology will impact state and federal laws.
School bus driver reacts fast, calmly when stray bullets hit bus carrying children
The driver of a school bus struck by two stray bullets stepped on the gas, freed its 10 children from harm and called police. In other words, she deserves the praise she has been receiving from police and officials of the Holyoke Community Charter School for following crisis-management training, said Stephen R. Schmuck, regional manager of New England for Durham School Services.
Transporting Children With Disabilities, 4th Edition,
by Dr. Linda F. Bluth, is available for purchase. NAPT members may purchase the Handbook for $14.99, plus shipping. The nonmember rate is $24.99, plus shipping.
Transporting Children With Disabilities, 4th Edition contains useful definitions of transportation and related special education terms as well as characteristics of children with special needs and special considerations for transporting children with special needs. This popular publication also explains the legal basis for special needs transportation in accordance with the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 and contains information about new Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act regulations.
To order your copy, please email NAPT Member Services Specialist, Brianne Peck at Brianne.Peck@napt.org today! To learn more about the new NAPT Special Needs Training program click here.
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