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|5 key findings from school bus driver shortage survey
The National Association for Pupil Transportation and School Bus Fleet are researching the severity of school bus driver shortages, as well as possible solutions to resolve the problem. In October, transportation directors and others responsible for school transportation-related personnel issues were asked to complete a survey on the subject. The survey, conducted by Association Metrics, garnered 1,053 responses. Here are five key findings:
To view more findings from the report, visit the Members' Only section of www.napt.org. Once logged in, click on "Member Downloads" and there you'll see the Key Findings Report.
- More than one-third of all respondents (37%) indicated that the bus driver shortage is either severe or desperate for their company or school district. The driver shortage is reportedly a more severe problem among the smallest 20% of companies and school districts as well as the largest 20% of companies and school districts, compared to those that are medium sized. Similarly, those organizations with more routes find the shortage a greater challenge.
- For more than half of all respondents (52%), dealing with a shortage of bus drivers is their number one problem or concern.
- Seventy percent (70%) of all respondents believe the trend for having a shortage of bus drivers is getting a little worse or much worse.
- The top four factors that respondents believe are major factors in their ability to recruit and retain bus drivers are (1) rate of pay, (2) benefits, (3) hours available to work, and (4) obtaining a CDL.
- More than half of all respondents advertise for bus drivers on the Internet (72%) and in newspaper ads (61%).
Congratulations Kindle Fire winners! Many thanks to everyone who participated in this important industry survey. Those who did respond were entered into a raffle to win one of five Amazon Kindle Fires. Congratulations to David Ramsay, June DeGraaf, Marlon Watson, Charles Sallia, and Amber Harlow. Thank you for participating and we hope you're all enjoying your new gadget from NAPT.
|2017 LED Initiative webinar series adds practical spin to strategic thinking
Again in 2017 NAPT is pleased to offer the LED initiative webinar series, allowing you to access the sessions from anywhere, any time! Register online!
Our 2017 LED webinar series is designed to help current and emerging leaders think more strategically about asset planning, human capital planning and fleet maintenance activities that drive value for participants and their respective stakeholders. Click here for additional program details.
What Does the Registration Fee Cover?
The $199 LED registration fee provides:
Join your colleagues for a comprehensive leadership program in 2017 — registration is open!
- Registration to all 6 live webinars
- Access to the recorded and archived webinars at your convenience
- Again in 2017! Face-to-face networking event at NAPT Summit exclusively for 2017 LED participants (NAPT Summit registration required)
- Access to our Guest Lecturer, Ray Melleady, throughout and following the program for additional Q&A
- Access to fellow LED participants for ongoing communication and networking
- Certificate of Completion
|Learn more about NAPT's Apollo® in next week's webinar
Join your colleagues for NAPT's last member webinar of 2016 and learn more about the exciting evolution of NAPT's data driven decision-making (3D) project — Apollo®. This brand new subscription-based service has been created by NAPT to help school transportation directors and school business officials make decisions about equipment, training and much more. Register today!
Apollo® is a business intelligence (BI) platform designed to meet the unique needs of school transportation service providers. It helps you look at your data across functions, build a network without borders or boundaries, and improve operations.
Join NAPT for our last Member Webinar of 2016, and find out how NAPT's Apollo® can help you achieve more in less time and for less cost.
NEW Date & Time: Tuesday, December 20 @ 1 PM ET — Register today!
Title: Introducing NAPT's Apollo®
Presenter: Mike Martin, NAPT Executive Director
Registration Fee: FREE for NAPT members
Expand your network @ 2017 SBX
Applications Now Being Accepted!
NAPT and School Bus Fleet magazine are excited to again bring you the School Bus eXchange (SBX) — an extraordinary event designed to connect a diverse, distinctive and influential group of public and private school transportation operators with an equally select group of product and service suppliers for an exchange of information, ideas and solutions. Applications for Public and Private Operators are now being accepted! Apply today.
Are you an industry supplier? Learn more about this unique event by contacting James Blue at School Bus Fleet magazine. You can reach him at James.Blue@bobit.com or (800) 576-8788.
2017 Event Details
April 3-5, 2017
Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort
5001 N. Scottsdale Road
The enhanced 2017 SBX agenda will again provide the ideal setting for industry professionals to explore various products, services, and strategies designed to help create and maintain efficient and effective student transportation operations. Selected SBX participants will receive a custom-made, personalized agenda that offers:
Applications Now Being Accepted — apply today! Over the course of two days you'll have the opportunity to discuss the latest products and services while developing unique relationships that will last far beyond SBX — all in an intimate setting. Hear what 2016 participants had to say about their SBX experience.
- Insights and advice from fellow thought-leaders in student transportation
- Interactive roundtable discussions with your peers
- Dynamic group presentations from industry suppliers
- Custom one-on-one consultations with product and service providers
- Unique, engaging and memorable social functions
- Solutions to your current and future challenges
|Congrats to 2016 NAPT Certification Recipients
Professional certification demonstrates a commitment to the requirements of one's job, and participation in additional training to exemplify your dedication to do the best possible job in the pupil transportation field.
After demonstrating their knowledge and commitment to the student transportation profession, completing required coursework, and passing a rigorous exam, several members achieved their certification through NAPT in 2016. Congratulations to the following!
Certified Directors of Pupil Transportation (CDPT)
Certificate in Special Needs Transportation (CSNT)
- Patty Thompson, Assistant Director of Transportation: Chinook's Edge School Division No. 73 (Alberta, Canada)
- Beverly Young, Transportation Supervisor: Suffolk City Public Schools (Virginia)
- Kathy Callon, Director of Transportation: East Irondequoit Central School District (New York)
- Patrick Daye, Owner/President: Daye Transportation Services (Missouri)
Certified Supervisors of Pupil Transportation (CSPT)
- Maria Caro, Quality Assurance Specialist: NYC Dept. of Education, Office of Pupil Transportation (New York)
- Will Rosa, Director of Transportation: Parkway School District (Missouri)
- Melody Coniglio, Director of Transportation: Kenston Local School District (Ohio)
Certified Pupil Transportation Specialists (CPTS)
- Tanya Deckard, Area Supervisor: York County School Division (Virginia)
- Greg Freeman, Transportation Supervisor: Newport News Public Schools (Virginia)
- Christine Hogan, Safety & Compliance Coordinator: Elk Island Public Schools (Alberta, Canada)
- Sherry Murphy, Financial Secretary: York County School Division (Virginia)
Interested in taking your career to the next level? Learn more about NAPT's certification program on our website or email NAPT Education Specialist Janna Smeltzer at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kimberly Engel, School Bus Driver/Fleet Maintenance Secretary: Maine School Administrative District 60 (Maine)
- Darren Black, Lead Driver: Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District (Illinois)
- Jeffrey Putnam, Lead Mechanic: Independence School District (Missouri)
- Belinda Govich, School Bus Driver Trainer: Shenendehowa Central School District (New York)
|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.
BraunAbility (www.braunability.com) has over 1,000 employees, all working to grow mobility across the world. Over the past four decades, BraunAbility products have revolutionized what independence means to wheelchair users. Thanks to their nationwide dealer network, wherever you live or travel, BraunAbility is there too. Their dealers are mobility experts, providing in-depth mobility consultations to guarantee you have the right mobility solution for your needs.
Rostra Precision Controls, Inc. (www.rostra.com), backed by nearly 150 years of experience in precision manufacturing, has earned the reputation as an ideal partner throughout the automotive industry. For years Rostra has been known throughout the automotive industry as a leader in the manufacture, as well as the development, of an extensive line of products. Today, as a result of years of experience and research, they are continuing to lead the way with the development of new, innovative solutions to meet the challenges of tomorrow.
School Bus Safety Company (www.schoolbussafetyco.com) has been designing award-winning school bus driver training programs for school bus drivers for more than 20 years. Until now, their work has been private-labeled and not available to district fleets like yours. But now they’re making these breakthrough bus safety videos available for the very first time. They have a team of performance improvement experts with specialties that include fleet operations and safety, industrial psychology, instructional design and media production.
Wells Fargo Equipment Finance (www.wellsfargo.com/motorcoach) offers financing designed specifically for businesses in the transit industry, including charter and tour service providers, transit contractors, schools, municipalities, and bus and motorcoach manufacturers and distributors.
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The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced a Final Rule establishing comprehensive national minimum training standards for entry-level commercial truck and bus operators seeking to obtain a commercial driver's license or certain endorsements. The standards established in today's rule address the knowledge and skills necessary for the safe operation of commercial motor vehicles and also establish minimum qualifications for entities and individuals who provide entry-level driver training. The entry-level driver training Final Rule retains many of the consensus recommendations of a negotiated rulemaking committee comprised of 25 stakeholders and FMCSA representatives.
The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report for its ongoing investigation of the Nov. 1, 2016, Baltimore crash of a school bus and a transit bus. The school bus operated by AAAfordable LLC, on a contracted route for Baltimore City Schools, was traveling eastbound on Frederick Avenue, Baltimore, when it struck a Ford Mustang. The school bus continued traveling east, and entered the westbound travel lane where it collided with a Maryland Transit Administration bus. The impact continued along the left side of the transit bus and terminated near its rear axle.
By: Brian Stack (commentary)
President-elect Donald Trump recently named Michigan's Betsy DeVos to be the next Secretary of Education. DeVos, a strong advocate for school vouchers and school choice in her home state, is expected to bring this topic to center stage when she begins her term in Washington. It comes as no surprise that Trump is making a strong case for the privatization of our nation's schools, implying that a business-model approach will improve our schools for all students.
San Francisco Examiner
For decades, San Francisco city leaders had little idea how the youngest students got to school — until now. The San Francisco County Transportation Authority released a survey, detailing the commutes of The City's 45,000 kids who attend public or private elementary schools in San Francisco. Perhaps most significantly, the study found more than half of parents surveyed drive their kids to school most days — a far cry from the commute of adults, who drive less.
The number of annual complaints to the U.S. Department of Education's office for civil rights more than doubled since the start of President Barack Obama's administration, increasing from 6,364 in fiscal 2009 to 16,720 in fiscal 2016. That's according to a report by the Education Department highlighting the work of the civil rights office during the Obama administration. It also notes the ongoing civil rights issues the department sees in schools, for the office ranging from teacher and staffing inequities in schools, to chronic absenteeism and racial disparities in school discipline policies.
The Associated Press
Many public schools are still hostile environments for LGBT students, an international human rights organization concluded in a report. The lengthy report from Human Rights Watch was based on interviews primarily with current and former high school students, parents, administrators and teachers in Alabama, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas and Utah. It documented several challenges lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender students face, including in-person and online bullying, limits on LGBT student groups, exclusion of some topics from curricula and discrimination by classmates and school personnel.
One Tennessee Congressman has introduced a bill that would address the issue of protective gear on the nation's school buses, in the wake of the deadly school bus crash on Nov. 21, 2016, in Chattanooga that left six children dead. Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee's 9th Congressional District is a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Recently, Cohen introduced what he calls the Bring Enhanced Liability in Transportation for Students Act to help protect children who ride on school buses.
States are failing to provide teachers, parents and the general public with easily understandable and accessible reports on school performance, according to a new report from the Data Quality Campaign. The report, Show Me the Data: State Report Cards Must Answer Questions and Inform Action, examines school performance report cards produced by all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The DQC evaluated each state's report card based on what information was included, how it was displayed and whether it was accessible and understandable to the general public.
Spartanburg School District One's commitment to technology is helping students make good use of the time they spend riding to field trips and sporting events. Six activity buses now have Wi-Fi capability. "We call these buses rolling classrooms," said Dr. Jimmy Pryor, director of technology for Spartanburg School District One. The new technology is part of the district's one-to-one technology initiative.
Parents of Baltimore City School students are having a lot more trouble getting kids to and from after school activities. For the last several years kids have been able to use an S Pass that allows them to use city buses until 8:00 p.m. In a cost-saving move, MTA has scaled back the pass to 6:00 p.m., even though many programs still go until nearly 8:00 p.m. Dozens of teens spend up to eight hours each week learning how to design, write and produce media content at Wide Angle Youth Media. The program's executive director, Susan Malone, says, "What we are trying to do is make sure young people have enriching opportunities when out of school."
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Nov. 28, Erin Richards reported that two private Catholic schools were attempting to get Milwaukee Public Schools to fulfill the district's legal obligation to offer transportation services to citywide private schools. One of those schools, St. Joan Antida High School, was reported as filing a notice of claim against MPS, demanding that the district compensate the school for the cost of busing.
Missing just an hour or two of sleep at night nearly doubles your chances of a car crash the next day, a new report suggests. And getting behind the wheel after only four to five hours of shut-eye quadruples that risk. That's comparable to driving with a blood alcohol concentration considered legally drunk, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety researchers warned.
San Francisco-based nonprofit YouthTruth Student Survey released new data from 80,000 students in 24 states from grades five through 12, highlighting fairly dismal perspectives on school culture that worsen as students get older. According to its report, 44 percent of sixth graders rate school culture positively, and just 32 percent of ninth graders and 28 percent of 11th graders do the same — though students recognize adults treat students with more respect than students treat adults. Fewer than half of all students report discipline at their school is fair — but 49 percent of Asian students say it is, compared to 39 percent of white students and Latinos, 34 percent of multiracial students and 28 percent of black students.
Transporting Children with Disabilities, 5th Edition,
by Dr. Linda F. Bluth, is available for purchase. NAPT members may purchase the Handbook for $19.99, plus shipping. The nonmember rate is $29.99, plus shipping.
To order your copy, please email NAPT Member Services Specialist, Brianne Peck at Brianne.Peck@napt.org today! To learn more about the new Certification in Special Needs Transportation (CSNT) click here.
Transporting Children with Disabilities, 5th Edition contains new and updated information, including 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.
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