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Does school bus ridership influence student engagement?
School buses continue to be touted as one of the safest forms of transportation around, but does school bus ridership also influence student engagement? An Education Week report suggests that student engagement starts to drop between the fifth and sixth grade. The decline in engagement appears to happen alongside a slide in school bus ridership, though the correlation between the two is not completely understood.
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  Driver training tips: Curbing violence on school buses
BusBoss
School-related violence is on the rise in the United States and this has parents and school district officials worried about the safety of students on buses. Bus drivers work in tight spaces and must constantly multitask. This stressful environment can be tricky to navigate, but specialized training for school bus drivers can help them to manage conflict and prevent violence.


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  Best practices for loading and unloading school buses
BusBoss
The laws surrounding the operation of school buses vary from state to state and even district to district, but by utilizing specific best practices, drivers are helping to keep students safe when they enter and exit the bus.


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This Month's Question: Which sport is associated with a velodrome?
 
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INDUSTRY INSIGHTS


  State lawmakers nationwide consider seat belt requirements and more
School Transportation News
A bill that would make Kansas the seventh state in the country with legislation requiring school bus seat belts has received mixed reactions. April Brenner, a mother, urged the House Transportation panel to consider the benefits for child safety. The Kansas Highway Patrol also supported the bill.


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  First Student offers 12 winter driving safety tips
School Bus Fleet
With arctic temperatures gripping much of the country and the long-term forecast calling for ice and snow, First Student is sharing some winter driving safety tips. First Student drivers are trained and prepared for the travel challenges that accompany the harsh winter months.


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FUN NEWS


  Not all fun and games: New guidelines urge schools to rethink recess
Jefferson Public Radio
What's the best time for students to have recess? Before lunch, or after? What happens if it rains? If students are misbehaving, is it a good idea to punish them by making them sit out recess?


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  30 quick & easy school lunches to pack for your kids
Bon Appetit
Sometimes, parents write small notes of appreciation to put in their kids' lunchboxes. Which is sweet. But you know what they say: Actions speak louder than words. Make one of these 30 back-to-school lunches to let your little girl or guy know you really care.


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This month, look for our Customer Success Webinar Series!
The topics for February will be:
    • BusBoss Quickstart
    • Map Management
    • Threats Zones and Student Safety
    • Travel Restrictions
We will be hosting 4 different webinar topics a month, which will be free for existing customers with an active support contract.

They will be accessible through our support.busboss.com website so you must be a current registered member in order to attend.

The webinars will be live, as well as have a replay for anyone who missed it or wants to watch it again!


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Facts about the month of February
  • February frequently occurs in lists of the most commonly misspelled words in the English language
  • Much Ado About Nothing is the only Shakespeare play that mentions February
  • February is the only month that can pass with no full moon. This will next occur in 2018
  • The birthstone for February is amethyst. The birth flower is the violet or iris
  • The ancient Greeks believed that amethyst protected the wearer from drunkenness
  • In the Southern Hemisphere February is a summer month the equivalent of August
  • The month is named for the Latin word februum which means purification
  • February ends on the same day of the week as October every year.
  • 1 out of 1,461 are the odds of being born on a Leap Day
  • The Empire State Building in New York shows a lit red heart on each St. Valentine's Day Empire State Building



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