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With a new school year beginning, education is on our mind
Each year NAPT is pleased to provide courses from our Professional Development Series (PDS). Our 40th Annual Summit: Driving Innovation is no different ... check out the courses offered this year!
Friday, November 7 — 8am-5pm:
Friday, November 7 — 8am-12pm:
- PDS 802 — NHTSA Child Safety Restraint Training
- PDS 609 — Accident Investigation
Friday, November 7 – 1-5pm:
- PDS 607 — Legal & Regulatory Fundamentals
- PDS 404 — Human Resources: Critical Issues
Saturday, November 8 — 8am-12pm
- PDS 208 — Parent, Teacher, Board & Public Outreach
- PDS 605 — School Transportation Contract Mgt.
Sunday, November 9 — 8am-12pm
- PDS 403 — Labor Contract Negotiations
- PDS 505 — School Facility Planning
- PDS 801 (formerly SNT 101) — Special Needs Student Transportation Orientation
Monday, November 10 — 8am-12pm
- PDS 304 — Data Driven Decision-Making
- PDS 604 — Transportation Program Planning & Eval
Take Your Profession to the Next Level
- PDS 204 — Team Communication Strategies
- PDS 506 — Transportation Facility Planning
- PDS 805 (formerly SNT 105) — Managing Special Needs Behaviors
Looking to start on the track to certification? Need a few courses to finish your certification? Join NAPT in Kansas City, MO this November and make your professional dreams a reality! Click here to register for the courses you're interested in taking.
Not yet registered for the Summit? Register 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!
Scholarships available for 2014 NAPT Summit
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!
NAPT & Zonar Systems partner to offer members $50,000 equipment grants
Looking for new, state-of-the-art equipment for your buses? NAPT and Zonar Systems have again partnered to provide grants for $50,000 in the latest school bus security/safety/efficiency equipment. Take advantage of this member benefit and download the grant application here.
The 2014 grants will be awarded to school districts that submit proposals for utilizing Zonar's widely acclaimed Electronic Fleet Management Solutions, including their Electronic Vehicle Inspection Reporting (EVIR®) system. New for 2014, school districts applying for and receiving the grants will be notified on a rolling basis, allowing them to implement the systems in advance of the 2014-15 school year if they so choose. Recipients will also be recognized in November at the NAPT Summit: Driving Innovation in Kansas City, MO.
Grants are only open to NAPT members in good standing. Please contact NAPT headquarters at 800.989.NAPT (6278) to verify or renew your membership, or join online today! Applications will be accepted in NAPT headquarters through October 15, 2014. Zonar will evaluate the applications and make final decisions on an ongoing basis.
Details on the requirements and application process are at www.napt.org and information about Zonar products and services at www.zonarsystems.com.
NAPT Certification News: Recertification Reminder
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.
- Specialists must accumulate 10 points in the last 3 years
- Supervisors must accumulate 20 points in the last 3 years
- Directors must accumulate 30 points in the last 3 years
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 800.989.NAPT (6278).
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: American Logistics Company (ALC), Freedman Seating Company, Lion Bus, and Secura. 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.
American Logistics Company (ALC) (www.alcschools.com) is a national passenger transportation management company serving transit agencies, school districts and the healthcare industry. ALC leverages proprietary transportation management and route optimization technology to manage dedicated and non-dedicated vehicles across the US, providing high quality, innovative transportation services that raise the bar for efficiency, cost-effectiveness, driver safety and accountability.
Freedman Seating Company's (www.freedmanseating.com) mission is to provide excellent transportation seating products and services that exceed customers' expectations. Freedman manufactures seats and seating related products for small & midsize buses, heavy duty transit, Para transit, vans, commercial vehicles, rail cars, trucks, specialty vehicles and more.
Lion Bus (www.lionbuses.com) was created in 2008 to respond to customer's specific needs in one of North America's largest industry. After several years of product development and hundreds of meetings with contractors, drivers, mechanics and school district leaders across North America, Lion offers vehicles with outstanding features and smart innovations at a very competitive price.
Secura (www.securasafety.com) systems are designed with the customer in mind. Their system allows the user to complete an entire securement with ease while ensuring that the passenger is safe and comfortable. With several different retractor options, Secura will work with you to ensure you find the solution that fits your needs.
But an E-Guardian PLUS heater gets you…
- Driver / passenger safety & comfort
- Decreased fuel consumption & maintenance costs
- A meaningful reduction in carbon emissions
- Short R.O.I. and significant savings
NAPT Board nominations due
During NAPT's Annual Summit this November, elections will be held for directors of Region 2 and Region 4. These positions are currently held by Barry Sudduth, CDPT (Region 2 — Stafford County Public Schools, Virginia) and Kenny Mulder, CDPT (Region 4 — Special School District, Missouri). To see what states each Region covers, click here.
Pursuant to the Article IV, Section 4.21 of the NAPT By-laws: "Any person who wishes to be a candidate for…regional director must be an active individual member as defined in Section 2.11 (1) and have completed two years as a member in good standing before he/she becomes eligible to run for the Board of Directors."
ABSENTEE BALLOT REQUESTS — Any NAPT member seeking to vote by absentee ballot must send a written request for a ballot to NAPT headquarters. All requests must be received no later than the close of business on Friday, Sept. 26.
- Anyone interested in running for one of these positions must be nominated by a minimum of two active individual members from their particular Region of the association.
- Regional directors are selected by vote of only those active members whose mailing address is within that specific region.
ABSENTEE BALLOTS MAILED TO VOTERS — Official absentee ballots will be mailed to all eligible voters no later than Friday, Oct. 10.
ABSENTEE BALLOT RETURN — All absentee ballots must be received at NAPT headquarters no later than Friday, Oct. 31.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 11. Elections will be held in Kansas City, MO on the Trade Show floor from 10am – 12pm.
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NAPT member completes Special Needs Transportation program
Congratulations to Michael Albert Benedict (Provo City School District — Provo, UT)
By successfully completing this rigorous curriculum geared toward transportation personnel serving students with disabilities, Michael Benedict demonstrated his commitment to the profession, district, and students. NAPT's Special Needs Transportation program consists of a series of traditional classroom and hands-on training specifically designed to test the skills and enhance the knowledge of those working with students with disabilities.
Originally started to provide access to tailored educational opportunities at both local and national conferences, the program currently includes a core curriculum consisting of special needs courses in a variety of different settings. The SNT syllabus is intended to increase an individual's specific knowledge about transporting students with disabilities.
DOT proposes mandating cars broadcast location, direction and speed
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, part of the Department of Transportation, published an "advanced notice of proposed rulemaking" on "vehicle-to-vehicle communications." What NHTSA is proposing could begin a transformation in the American transportation system that makes our lives better and freer — or gives government more power over where we go and when. In announcing its proposed rulemaking, NHTSA is stressing its intention to protect the "privacy" of American drivers.
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Coming soon is our panic button, which alerts students outside to drivers illegally passing the bus.
Michael Flanigon: Investigating train accidents
The Washington Post
Michael Flanigon says his life has been preoccupied by train wrecks. As a railroad investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, Flanigon oversees the teams that go to the scene of train and rail transit accidents, and the investigations and analyses that lead to safety recommendations. "My job is to try to establish some order after a chaotic event and allow our technical experts to form into work teams and go out and gather the facts," said Flanigon, a railroad accident investigator-in-charge.
York, Maine, kindergartners get school bus sneak preview
York, Maine,'s incoming kindergartners took their first ride on the big yellow bus as a preview to the start of school. Village Elementary School has held the "Sneak A Peak Day" for years as a way to calm 5-year-olds who may be feeling anxious about school, according to Principal April Noble. "It gives them that comfort level of what it feels like to ride a bus and get oriented to the building," she said.
School bus stop violations diminishing, but not enough
The Baltimore Sun
Like turning a battleship around in the ocean, steering unsafe public behavior in a different direction can seem an agonizingly slow process. When the behavior is intolerable, it is all the more frustrating. This is the case with the frequency of a dangerous traffic violation — drivers blowing past school buses that are stopped to pick up or drop off school children. In 2011, the Maryland State Department of Education began an annual survey. On a single school day in spring, the department asked school bus drivers to keep count of each violation he or she observed. The results were startling — with 65 percent of bus drivers (4,658 drivers) responding, the number of violations was 7,011 statewide.
Americans' satisfaction with education system increases
As students return to school in the U.S., 48 percent of Americans are "completely" or "somewhat satisfied" with the quality of kindergarten through high school education in the country, the highest Gallup has measured since 2004. For the first time since 2007, Americans are now about as likely to say they are satisfied as dissatisfied.
Parents concerned over late school buses
There were more delays transporting students to and from school on buses in the Penn Hills School District in Pittsburgh. Cindy McCue says her 6-year-old daughter, Morgan, was half-an-hour late coming home from school, after being more than an hour late the day before. In addition, her son Lucas was dropped off at the wrong bus stop. Terry McCue, the children's father, told KDKA-TV News, "My concern is for my kid's safety; no one could tell me where my daughter was, I couldn't reach anybody on the phone, it was very frustrating and disappointing."
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Doctors: Early school start times unhealthy for students
If you think school starts too early, you aren't the only one. A new policy statement published by the American Academy of Pediatrics is on the side of groggy students falling asleep at their desks and their parents who are tired of nagging them to get out of bed in the morning. They say that lack of sleep in adolescents causes poor academic performance and poses a serious public health concern. Traffic accidents, depression and obesity can result, with schools that start too early contributing to the problem.
Fiscal recovery buoys K-12 budgets as school year opens
The modest but steady recovery of state K-12 budgets over the past few years is expected to continue, national experts on education finance say, although to what extent schools and districts will feel a real impact from budget changes for the 2014-2015 school year is an open question. In the current budget year, most state lawmakers have decided to continue reinvesting in public schools through their traditional "foundation" programs, which generate much of the state aid for K-12.
Some school districts face bus driver shortage
There's concern over a shortage that could cause problems for the start of the new school year. There aren't enough bus drivers. "We just need drivers," said Muskegon Area Intermediate School District's road transportation specialist test examiner Tom Spoelman. He says he's never seen so great a shortage of bus drivers, and it's not just with his local school districts. "I just talked with one in Newaygo and one in Charlovix County," he said.
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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