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Looking for something specific and have limited time away from your district? Join NAPT in Kansas City, MO on November 11 for our Annual One-Day Trade Show and connect with more than 120 vendors on one day in one place. The Trade Show Only rate is $50 ... register online today!
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Ready to spend 4 full days with NAPT? Your Full Conference-Delegate registration includes nationally-recognized speakers, the latest federal updates, and access to industry leaders addressing the latest topics critical to your day-to-day operations. Click here to for the full Summit agenda and learn more about this year's program.
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The Kansas City Marriott Downtown, approximately 20 minutes from the Kansas City International Airport (MCI) will serve as our headquarters hotel and a block of rooms has been set aside for Summit delegates. Reserve your room at the reduced NAPT rate of $134/night, plus tax (~$158.33/night), or call 800.228.9290. Individuals are encouraged to make reservations early. In order to secure the reduced rate, reservations must be made by October 8, 2014.
So, mark your calendar and make plans to be in Kansas City, MO November 8-11 for NAPT's 40th Annual Summit: Driving Innovation. We look forward to seeing you there!
NAPT is looking for 'America's Best' ... Is It YOU?
Participate in NAPT's annual America's Best Training and Skills Challenge and gain:
Visit our website for more information, and be sure to download the registration brochure today.
- Hands-on Skills Training
- Classroom Education
- Friendly Competition
- Peer-to-Peer Connections
- National Recognition
This year's event will include the first ever driver trainer competition and a specialized transportation component. Visit our website to find out more, and those interested in participating should download and complete the registration form.
NAPT partners with The School Bus Safety Company on member benefit
Last week NAPT and The School Bus Safety Company (SBSC) announced the development of a training program — Safe Practices for Downed Power Lines. This training program is available to NAPT members at a discounted rate of $125 + shipping.
SBSC and NAPT have worked with experts from the power industry to create a training program for the drivers and for the students.
These programs make sure both the drivers and the students understand when they can safely exit the bus. The programs explain what to do when a bus is involved with power lines and how to safely exit the bus if they have to when they are unsure if the line is active or not.
The programs for the drivers and for the students combined are available for $199 plus shipping. Remember, a special price is available to members of NAPT of $125, plus shipping.
To purchase these programs, contact Kelly Turner or Janet Greer or call 866.275.7272.
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School bus cameras remain in place to catch driving violations
Children in the Clarke County School District in Georgia might be a little safer during the new school year. Just in the last few months of the previous year, a newly-installed camera system helped police to nab 157 motorists ignoring the stop arm and flashing red lights of school buses as they picked up or discharged children. Athens-Clarke County police said each violation represented "157 different times our children could have been fatally injured." Of the school bus stop-arm citations issued last school year, 103 drivers paid their fines.
2nd EPA School Bus Replacement Rebate Program
EPA announced that funding will again be available for school bus replacements this fall. This is the second time EPA will open the DERA School Bus Replacement Funding Opportunity. In 2012, EPA launched a pilot rebate program with $2 million in funding and gave rebates to 28 recipients to help replace more than 80 school buses.
CSN Safe Bus provides free GPS, route guidance, advanced driver training courses, and a bus alert system to inform parents about their student’s arrival or delays.
FMCSA announces webinars to explain new Safety Measurement System
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
FMCSA announces enhancements to the display of information on the public Safety Measurement System website and responds to comments received in response to FMCSA's Federal Register Notice, "Proposed Enhancements to the Motor Carrier Safety Measurement System Public website" published on Nov. 5, 2013 The changes to the design of the SMS public website do not alter the SMS methodology or affect a carrier's safety rating, which is subject to 49 CFR part 385, Safety Fitness Procedures.
The FMCSA National Training Center is pleased to offer a webinar to inform Federal partners of the final and outline changes to the Agency's Motor Carrier Management Information System being implemented to improve uniformity in inspection violation data. The webinar will be offered three times in August. Click here for more information.
Should school districts adapt to teen sleep patterns?
St. Louis Dispatch
To survive the 6:30 a.m. start time at Edwardsville High, Alicia Terry started drinking coffee her freshmen year. Matt Ney's beverage of choice to stay awake at Parkway North was a daily Monster energy drink. "That was worst thing I could have done, but it was absolutely necessary," said Ney, who had to arrive an hour before the 7:25 a.m. bell to be involved in water polo and singing groups. "It was either that or fall asleep in class." When high schoolers head back to school this week, they'll also return to a daily schedule set up to steal hundreds of hours of their sleep during the year, and one that goes against their internal biological clocks.
School district changes bus routes, adds GPS tracking
The Beaufort Gazette
When the new school year begins, many of South Carolina's Beaufort County School District students will have to travel a little farther to their bus stops — and the buses a little less to reach them. It is one of several changes the district has made for the coming school year, which begins Aug. 18, to make bus routes more efficient and to cut costs. Another addition this fall includes a GPS tracking system that will be installed on all buses and connected to a messenger system that informs parents if the bus is running late.
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Poverty and the perception of poverty — how both matter for schooling outcomes
Compensating for students' socio-economic disadvantage is one of the greatest challenges facing teachers, school leaders and education systems as a whole. However, data from PISA show that some countries are much better at this than others. Consider the chart above. The horizontal axis shows the percentage of lower secondary teachers who work in schools where their principal reported that more than 30 percent of students in their school were from disadvantaged homes.
Kids, parents are embracing the walking school bus
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
As a group of children walked home together from school in Providence, they held hands and played the "I Spy" guessing game. When they reached a busy intersection, an adult accompanying them prodded, "What's the rule?" "Behind the line!" they said in unison, as they stepped back from the edge of the curb and waited for the walk signal. Shortly after, the group stopped in front of 8-year-old Jaiden Guzman's house. He said goodbye to his friends and raced to his front door. His mother waved and the rest of the walking school bus continued on its way.
Should students be allowed to cross the street to catch the school bus?
A new state law, Act 654, that went into effect Aug. 1 prohibits students from crossing the street — any street, as interpreted by some school systems — to catch a school bus. The Legislature adopted the law after a 6-year-old New Orleans boy was struck by a car and killed in February as walked to his bus stop. Some Louisiana public school systems say they have already addressed safety issues on busy highways. They say the new law, aimed mainly at urban schools, would cost more money and keep students on the bus longer in rural areas where bus stops are located on interior, residential streets.
New schools app will keep parents connected
Brevard Public Schools in Florida launched an app for Android and iPhone that promises to better connect parents with what's happening in local schools. The app is free and available for download; the first generation includes information from the school district, and individual middle and high schools. An update later this month will include individual elementary schools, plus additional information.
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School bus safety tips
With school starting back, motorists are cautioned to be especially careful as they travel as school buses will be on the road loading and unloading students. According to the Alabama State Department of Education, the most dangerous part of the school bus ride is when the bus stops to load or unload students. Students are placed in the most danger when a careless or distracted driver illegally passes a stopped school bus. As a result, students may be injured or killed by these illegal passings.
Some school bus drivers being lured away by gas industry
While some school bus drivers are leaving for higher-paying truck-driving jobs in the natural gas industry, most seem to like their part-time jobs and are staying put. First Student Inc. in Rices Landing has seen a decline in the number of people applying for jobs since the gas boom, but some drivers who left for jobs in the gas field didn't like the long hours and came back.
Deconstructing the confusion surrounding the Common Core State Standards
By: Ryan Clark
Across the country, children, parents and teachers of applicable states are spending their summers dreading the return of the controversial Common Core State Standards Initiative. If recent poll results are any indication, the fervor of last spring’s backlash against the standards hasn’t died down.
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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