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Check out NAPT Summit program schedule
NAPT's Annual Conference & Trade Show is consistently recognized as the premier school transportation event in the nation. From nationally-recognized speakers ready to reignite your passion for the industry, government leaders available to provide the latest in federal updates, and industry leaders addressing the latest topics critical to your day-to-day operations. Take a look at our full program, and join your colleagues for this comprehensive program. Register for the Summit online today!
Prefer paper? Download the Delegate packet and fax your form to 518.218.0867.
NEW Hotel Information
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 online 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.
Additional rooms are available at The Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown. The Crowne Plaza is a 2 minute walk to the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. To reserve your overnight rooms, please call 888.233.9527 or visit Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown Reservations.
Both hotels are offering the same reduced NAPT rate of $134/night, plus tax (~$158.33/night).
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!
New NAPTV episode released: #IceBucketChallenge
During our recent survey, our members overwhelmingly asked us to bring back NAPTV. So, last week we released our latest episode!
As a new school year begins, in this episode Executive Director Mike Martin accepts the #IceBucketChallenge and encourages us all to face challenges head-on, raise awareness for something we're passionate about (for us it's the safe and efficient transport of students), and embrace 'outside the box' thinking.
Take a look at the most recent episode, share it with your colleagues and friends, and stay tuned for more throughout the year.
Send your best to 'America's Best!'
NAPT's annual America's Best Training & Skills Challenge is coming to the Summit! Share the registration materials with your Technicians, Inspectors, Driver Trainers, and Specialized Transportation personnel, and encourage them to take advantage of this unique training opportunity.
Participants in this year's America's Best will gain:
So send us your 'best' this November! Winners of local and/or state competitions, and those interested in participating as a "Challenger," should complete the registration form and submit it to NAPT headquarters at email@example.com or 518.218.0867.
- Hands-on Skills Training
- Classroom Education — a great way to get in-service credits!
- Friendly Competition
- Peer-to-Peer Connection
- National Recognition
For additional information about this year's America's Best event, please contact NAPT's Project Specialist Janna Smeltzer at 800.989.6278 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Scholarship opportunities available to attend 2014 NAPT Summit
Looking to attend NAPT's 40th Annual Summit: Driving Innovation but funding is tight? Apply for a scholarship!
Again this year Zonar Systems and Peter & Linda Lawrence are offering scholarships for attendance to NAPT's 40th Annual Summit: Driving Innovation to be held in Kansas City, MO November 8-11. Each scholarship will cover the cost of conference registration for current NAPT members in good standing (a $399 value). Recipients will be responsible for all other expenses.
The Zonar scholarship is open to directors, supervisors or managers of school transportation operations employed by a transportation department while the Lawrence scholarship is specifically available to driver trainers and front line supervisors. Visit our website for additional details and to download the applications. The application deadlines are approaching, so get yours in today!
More than 300 full conference delegates are registered to join us in Kansas City, MO this November 8-11. With the number increasing every day, be sure to be part of our 40th Annual Summit: Driving Innovation. Click here for the program schedule, and check back often as additional details are announced.
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Joey's first bus ride
Joey is all excited about his first day of school. His dad, Myke, walks Joey to the bus stop and tells him how to be safe on the way to the bus, while on the bus and on the way home.
All-electric school bus approved in one day in California
This fall, some of California's children will ride to school in electric style. The California Highway Patrol has approved the use of the an entirely electric school bus. This all-electric Blue Bird school bus was developed through a partnership between the Gilroy Unified School District and Adomani, and the result is a solar-fueled, 50-passenger, type-D, electric school bus.
Helping students start the year with a positive mindset
For students who have had trouble in school, or who have had a negative summer, it is especially important to get the school year off to a fresh start. And for all students, having a positive mindset makes learning much more likely. Here are three activities to help accomplish these goals.
Protect your students with the safety alarm from Transportation Safety Products, Inc. Our Child Safety Alarm System™ is an advanced voice alarm that alerts children with three distinct, clear, and loud voice messages. You tailor the message.
Coming soon is our panic button, which alerts students outside to drivers illegally passing the bus.
School bus drivers may receive more pay from New York
The New York Times
Just before school buses begin rolling with students adorned with new backpacks and fresh sets of pencils, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council are hoping to reverse some of the policies that led drivers to strike unsuccessfully 18 months ago. With the mayor's support, the Council is planning to vote to give $42 million to school bus companies to raise the salaries of experienced drivers who were forced to take pay cuts after Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg awarded a series of new bus contracts in the last years of his administration.
Tips to help kids stay safe while walking, taking bus to school
More students are returning to school in D.C. in Maryland. That means more yellow buses on the road, and more children walking to class at the height of the morning commute. Local jurisdictions all have rules for driving near buses and in school zones, aimed at getting kids to and from school as safely as possible. But safety experts that say as children transition from vacation to school, drivers need to be extra-alert.
School bus safety inspections are designed to keep your children safe on the road
Nearly 400,000 Oklahoma students are eligible to climb aboard a school bus each day of the academic year. Those buses are required to have multiple safety inspections. School bus drivers are required to do a pre- and post-trip inspection. Each year, every school bus is required to have a thorough safety inspection by a mechanic certified to inspect school buses.
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Austintown, Ohio, introduces new propane buses
School officials joined with members of the propane-fuel industry to showcase 14 new buses for the district. The event took place at the transportation garage on Ohio's Austintown Local School District campus, behind Austintown Intermediate and Fitch High schools. Representatives from the schools' transportation department talked about the new buses as did representatives from Youngstown Propane, providing the fuel to run the buses; Cardinal Bus, which partnered with Roush Engines; and Clean Fuels Ohio, a nonprofit group focused on clean energy. State Rep. Ronald V. Gerberry of Austintown, D-59th, also attended.
Leveraging technology to determine school vision
By: Thomas Van Soelen
Many schools struggle in creating and reviewing core documents — e.g., mission, vision, purpose, beliefs, core values) with internal stakeholders. Therefore, when it comes to asking for external stakeholder input, it is deemed nearly impossible. Jeff Homan, principal of The Main Street Academy, a start-up K-8 charter school in College Park, Georgia, leveraged technology as the school revisited its core documents in preparation for both an accreditation visit and a rechartering process with the local school district, both occurring every five years.
How the tourism industry dictates when kids in 14 states go back to school
Most states let districts set their own start date for the school year. But 14 states have start date laws, many of which ensure students stay out of school for much of August. Those laws are strongly supported by state tourism industries, who want kids out of school and their families traveling as late as possible in September.
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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