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Please join us for The NAPT Summit, scheduled for October 19-24, in Grand Rapids, Mich.! Registration is open and the hotel is taking reservations, so don't delay!
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National School Climate Center launches new interactive professional development website: The School Climate Resource Center
The National School Climate Center has just released a new professional development website called the School Climate Resource Center. This on-demand, interactive site is designed to provide your school community with a personalized and targeted professional development experience.
The comprehensive online resource offers the expert advice, concrete tools and interactive learning opportunities educators need to create an optimal learning and teaching environment.
Site visitors can access a comprehensive array of tools and strategies including: a video library of leading professionals; learn the latest research, policy and practice recommendations; learn how to cultivate a collaborative "no fault" environment; and implement targeted data for improvement.
For more information on how to build a supportive school climate, visit: www.scrc.schoolclimate.org.
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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.
If you wish 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
OPTA (Oregon Pupil Transportation Association): OPTA 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
PSBA (Pennsylvania School Bus Association): PSBA Course Web link
NCPTA (North Carolina Pupil Transportation Association): NCPTA 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.
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South Dakota girl circulates bus seat-belt petition
The Daily Republic
A 13-year-old Mount Vernon girl wants to give her classmates the chance to buckle up when they ride the bus to school.
For several weeks, Kayla Totton has been researching the issue of seat belts on school buses and just recently started circulating a petition to get seat belts put on buses in the Mount Vernon School District, where she attends school. According to Kari Meyer, Kayla's mother, Kayla got the idea last month after watching a television program that showed footage of students being thrown around a school bus during a crash. "It really affected my daughter," said Meyer.
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Towns, cities fight to restore school bus funds
Towns and cities in Connecticut are scrambling to restore between $25 million and $28 million that would be removed from public and private school bus programs under the budgets of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and majority Democrats in the General Assembly. If the money is not replaced during the upcoming compromise between the Democratic governor and lawmakers, the additional cost will have to be picked up locally.
Leading wireless carriers join forces to combat distracted driving
Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile are officially joining AT&T and its "It Can Wait" anti-texting while driving campaign. The leading wireless carriers, among more than 200 other organizations, have joined forces to support a multi-million dollar advertising blitz that aims to curb this bad behavior once and for all.
'Buster the Bus' on the road again
A Rancho Bernardo High sophomore and his father have donated their time and talents to fix a prop used to teach students about school bus safety. Zach D'Souza, 15, and his father, Henry D'Souza, spent countless hours since November fixing Buster the Bus, an animated electronic vehicle that was in disrepair. Next school year, Poway Unified officials plan to use the remote controlled bus when conducting bus evacuation drills with students from elementary through high school as required by California, said Brad Kirby, a driver instructor in PUSD's transportation safety and training department.
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School bus crash fuels seat belt debate
After a dozen students and adults are hurt after their school bus rolled on I-65 in Indiana, there is renewed debate on if seat belts on school buses make sense. Often times, it takes a scare to fuel change.
Survivors recall deadliest drunken-driving crash
It is the nation's deadliest drunken-driving crash. On May 14, 1988, a drunken motorist driving on the wrong side of a Kentucky highway slammed head-on into a school bus carrying 67 people, mostly children, headed home from a church trip to an amusement park.
Police officer's gun fired accidentally on school bus
The Northern Virginia Daily
Recently, a Winchester, Va., police officer's gun fired accidentally into the floor of a school bus after one of the juvenile passengers allegedly reached into the officer's holster with his finger, law enforcement officials said.
Virginia girl spreads anti-bullying message
The Washington Post
Hannah Harmison spoke out about bullying by using only a few words. The Chantilly High School freshman entered a contest to create an anti-bullying public service announcement (a video that's like a TV commercial). Although there's no talking in the Hannah's video, the message is clear. "When you're exclusive and mean you don't make any friends, in fact you just make enemies," Hannah wrote in her contest entry.
Public buses could shuttle students in Florida
Bay News 9
Pinellas County's public transportation system could begin new routes to carry public high school students. Leaders of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority say the move could save the school district money, according to Bay News 9's partner newspaper, the Tampa Bay Times. Some public charter school students already use public transportation to get to and from class.
NHTSA offers booklet: 'A Parent's Guide to Playing it Safe with Kids and Cars'
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has created a booklet to help parents understand all the safety features on their vehicles, and how to keep children safe by using the available safety features and car seats.
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School bus stop violators: Putting children in danger
Just like a traffic light, when school bus stop signs are ignored, the results can be disastrous, even deadly. In April, a high school student in Marne, Mich., suffered critical injuries after he was hit by a car while crossing the street to get on the school bus. Police say the driver ignored the flashing red lights on the bus and slammed into him. Drivers blowing past or going around the bus is a growing problem in West Michigan. It's a violation that's not always east to report or enforce. Every day, twice a day, students pile onto the big yellow bus by far, our most precious cargo.
Distracted driving the focus of Trauma Awareness Month campaign
The American Trauma Society and the Society of Trauma Nurses are marking the 25th anniversary of National Trauma Awareness Month with their "If You're Distracted, We're Impacted" campaign. The national campaign encourages everyone to put down their cellphones and focus on driving safety.
Combining transportation services saves school systems money
Local school systems continue to realize cost savings by combining transportation services. Meriden and Cheshire school administrators decided to combine two routes to an out-of-district special needs school. The route combination began last month and saves both school systems about $100 a day. Meriden School Superintendent Mark D. Benigni said the routes are so close to one another that students don’t spend any additional time on the bus. "It was a common-sense partnership," said Benigni.
A Texas child who was bullied could have told teachers, but had bigger plans
11-year-old Caine Smith was choked, beaten, harassed and was called a long list of names simply because he had two moms and long hair. Instead of staying locked away and hiding, he stood up and did something about it.
The numbers for the bus go round and round: Investigating bus budgets in New York
According to former Springville-Griffith Institute transportation supervisor Jay Peplin, there is an error in the proposed 2012-2013 S-GI budget, concerning bus costs. "My job was to recommend purchases and I was given a $400,000 budget limit, for the purchase of vehicles," said Peplin. "I gave my recommendations and when the legal notes came out, to the board, the 16-passenger vehicle, instead of being $42,000, was $67,750. I asked them about it, and [S-GI Business Administrator Ted Welch] wanted to put it in the general fund." One of Peplin's responsibilities, as transportation supervisor, was to obtain estimates for buses that would not surpass $400,000.
2013 National School Bus Safety Week:
"Stand Back From The Yellow and Black"
National School Bus Safety Week Posters (illustrated above) are here again! Pre-orders have been shipped out, so if you have not received posters and would like to have some, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your name, shipping address and the quantity desired. There is no charge for posters or shipping, they are provided compliments of NAPT, NSTA (National School Transportation Association) and NASDPTS (National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services).
Note: The Poster Contest and Safety Week are two different events in the same year. The 2012 Poster Contest theme becomes the 2013 National School Bus Safety Week theme and is an active and evolving public education program designed to promote school bus safety. ***If your students are drawing posters for the 2013 competition (from now until September 2013), they should be using the poster theme: "At my Stop You Stop!"
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