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Pupil Transportation Directors:
Distracted Driving Summit, Making the Roads Safer for Everyone
from Mobile Messaging 2.0
Thanks to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the Distracted Driving Summit convened in Washington, D.C. and served as a platform for shared ideas and discussions about how to combat distracted driving. One of the biggest distractions while driving is cell phone use; in fact, it has been proven that texting while driving is actually worse than drinking while driving.
Costs for Flu Hit School Districts
from Daily Press
Visual evidence of the H1N1 influenza threat is everywhere: Bottles of hand sanitizer line the counters at school offices. Teacher's aides regularly squirt preschoolers with it. School districts have acknowledged that they are currently seeing students and staff with flu-like symptoms much earlier in the school year. All have circulated the recommended precautions, stepped up cleaning of their facilities and posted information for parents on their Web sites.
School Districts in Georgia Hire Out for Disciplinary Hearings
from Athens Banner-Herald
A husband-and-wife consulting team is freeing local school officials of one of their most unpleasant jobs - conducting student disciplinary hearings. Two Athens-area school systems in Georgia have decided this year to use a service that school officials say takes the pressure off of principals and gives them more time to focus on the business of running schools.
Schools' Parking Fee Dents Loudoun Virginia Teens' Lifestyles
from The Washington Post
When Loudoun County high schools in Virginia raised the cost of parking permits from $25 to $200 this fall, students saw not only huge bills but also a blow against an inalienable right of suburban teenage life. Driving to school is a cherished rite of passage, and the parking permit is second only to the driver's license in the suburban teen's Declaration of Independence from Mom and Dad.
Drivers Asked to 'Avoid Harm, Obey the Stop Arm' During 43rd Annual National School Bus Safety Week
The American School Bus Council asks drivers of passenger vehicles to ensure the continued safety of school bus transportation with National School Bus Safety Week, October 19-23, and the 2009 theme, Avoid Harm, Obey the Stop Arm. Educating parents about the proven safety of the school bus is another critical objective as a recent survey found that 49 percent of parents incorrectly believe a car driven by an adult is the safest mode of transportation to get students to and from school.
State Looks for Way to Save School Transportation Funds
from Times Daily
The amount of money local school systems get from the state for buses and other transportation needs could change under a new Department of Education proposal.
BUS-WATCH® by REI
Safety on the street is important, but did you know that the Bus Watch program starts on the inside of your buses? More Info.
Obama Administration Promises Funds to Fight Youth Violence
As Chicago and the rest of the nation still grapples with the senseless death of Derrion Albert, the 16-year-old honor student brutally beaten to death as he headed to his school bus, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan have vowed to get the federal government more involved in the fight against youth violence.
Safety Agency Pursues Company Over School Bus Recall
from The New York Times
The failure of a New-York company to conduct safety recalls on hundreds of school buses has prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to hold a hearing into what the agency considers the company's inaction and whether it tried to avoid its responsibility by switching names.
Schools, CityBus Don't Wait for Tougher Federal Laws
from Journal & Courier
Next up, the administration says, a push to restrict the use of cell phones for train, truck and interstate bus operators. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said he also wants a law that would disqualify school bus drivers convicted of texting while driving from keeping their commercial licenses.
Report: WC19 - A Wheelchair Transportation Safety Standard? Experience to Date and Future Directions
from UMTRI via Science Direct
University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute has released an updated report on Wheelchair Transportation Safety Standard. Data from 8 years of experience with WC19 indicate where changes are needed to further improve transportation safety for wheelchair-seated travelers.
Report: An Evaluation of Graduated Driver Licensing Programs in North America
from UMTRI via Science Direct
A report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute reveals all states identified some crash reduction among teen drivers following graduated driver licensing (GDL) program implementation. This positive effect was observed across different geographic regions, and with different GDL programs. Simple counts are down—fewer teens are experiencing crashes and becoming injured.
NAPT Announces Special Needs Certification
NAPT is set to launch a new addition to its professional certification program at the 2009 NAPT Summit in Louisville, KY later this month. The program encourages individuals involved in school transportation to enhance their knowledge about transporting students with disabilities. The 32-hour special needs training curriculum has six (6) core learning experiences, including a school bus roadeo and a school transportation trade show, rounded out by eight (8) hours of instruction from the NAPT professional development series. Additional information is available at the NAPT Web site curriculum page..
Free Webinar: "School Bus Bullying"
"School Bus Bullying: What Can We Do?"
The National Association of Pupil Transportation and the Hazelden Foundation will be presenting a Web conference on the issue of school bus bullying on October 20, 2009. We hope you can join us for this event.
Tuesday, October 20
3 p.m. EST; 2 p.m. CST
Understand the unique challenges that occur in trying to address school bus bullying and receive concrete strategies for addressing the issue, including an overview of a program that has shown strong results in addressing school bus bullying, the Peaceful School Bus Program.
Michael J. Martin, Executive Director, National Association for Pupil Transportation, Albany, NY
James Dillon, Elementary School Principal and the Author of the Peaceful School Bus Program, Guilderland Central School District, New York
Click here to register for the event. If you are unable to make the live event, go ahead and register. We will send you a link to an archived version of the presentation.
|| Product Showcase: Transportation Solutions|
|Region 4 Education Service Center Transportation Solutions is changing its identity. Our new name is ITS (Innovative Transportation Solutions). In the coming weeks look for more details about the new identity and new web site. Be sure to stop by booth 537 at the NAPT Tradeshow to learn how we can assist your transportation department. Remember "ITS the Answer." Contact: Charley Kennington, Transportation Solutions 713-744-6362 or email firstname.lastname@example.org More info|
|| Product Showcase: UltraLED
The all-new UltraLED warning lamp from Heavy Duty Bus Parts, Inc. helps to insure student passenger safety through greater visibility of the school bus. Dual flash patterns provide a choice of “steady state” or “rapid flash” to provide the same attention getting strobe like effect found on most emergency vehicles today at the affordable cost of under $50. UltraLED from Heavy Duty Bus Parts, Inc. More info|
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Real-time Bus and Student Locator
Adjust transportation services on-the-go, respond to events and compare real-time data versus planned with VEO AVL from Trapeze. Using automatic vehicle location technology, VEO AVL monitors bus and student locations at all times and lets you compare AVL data with planned route data to drive further efficiencies, cost savings and improved safety and security. Download more information.
|| Product Showcase: ZONAR'S ZING|
ZONAR'S ZING is a powerful and intuitive dispatch, route management, navigation and two-way text messaging application that gives fleet managers unprecedented, real-time visibility and control. Two-way text messaging provides a powerful and easy-to-use communication link between drivers and dispatchers. ZING's user-friendly interface leverages the familiar look and feel of Zonar’s suite of award-winning productivity solutions. More info
|| Product Showcase: EduRunBuilder|
EduRunBuilder captures GPS and transportation specific data using a basic cell phone, making route data collection simple! The intuitive interface requires almost no training or understanding of software operations and audible voice prompts make the process fool proof. Simply put, there is no easier or quicker way to gather required transportation information than EduRunBuilder. More info