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A better way to manage and share your transportation information
Every day, thousands of parents rely on your district to get their children safely to and from school. Are you optimizing the way you plan and share bus routes with your constituents?

Join us next Wednesday, April 27 at 2:00pm EDT, to learn how BusBoss's robust and user-friendly bus routing software can help you improve the way your district manages your transportation information. And discover how you can directly share your bus route information through BusBoss's integration with the Blackboard Mobile Communication App (formerly Blackboard ParentLink).
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Is stop-arm camera technology making school bus transportation safer?
Illegal passing of school buses is a huge safety concern for school bus transportation officials. In a 2013 report for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, during a single-day count, school bus drivers documented over 3,000 vehicles illegally passing stopped school buses.
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3 ways technology has changed the student transportation game
There is no denying that technology advances are affecting the way we work and live our lives. This is especially true when it comes to student transportation. Advances to the transportation industry in general are mind-boggling. Many cars and buses now come equipped with WiFi, satellite radio and a host of integrations.
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Special needs student transportation: Developing driver training
Special needs students across North America rely on school bus transportation to get them safely to and from school. Though traffic laws and regulations surrounding the safe transport of students of all abilities differ from state to state and district to district, there are certain skills that should be taught to any bus driver who works with students who require special services.
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Trivia Question

Question: Who was it that first figured out that the solar year and the man-made calendar year didn't always match up?

Answer: Ancient Egyptians.
 
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INDUSTRY INSIGHTS


Can service animals boost good behavior on the school bus?
School Bus Fleet
Establishing who is responsible for transporting a service animal (typically, the student), and reviewing the loading process and emergency procedures as far in advance as possible, are key. Additionally, any changes to accommodate passengers with allergies to or a fear of dogs must be made to their schedule or bus, not to those of the student who needs the service animal.
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On track: Fleet tracking apps
School Transportation News
School buses are crucial to reducing traffic congestion. According to the American School Bus Council, one school bus carrying students to and from school can mean 36 fewer vehicles driven by parents are necessary. This equates to an estimated 17.3 million cars removed from the nation's roads each year during the school commute.
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FUN NEWS


'Where The Wild Moms Are' gives classic kids' book a parenting twist
The Huffington Post
U.K. mom Katie Blackburn loves Maurice Sendak's, "Where the Wild Things Are" so much that she named her son after the protagonist Max. Now, she's paying tribute to the classic children's book in another creative way.
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Walk to school to win prizes
Fox 13
Cherissa Olson with UDOT brought an exciting opportunity for families that use the UDOT Walking School Bus App. UDOT developed the Walking School Bus app to make walking to school safer and easier for children. With the app, parents can create or join walking groups, coordinate group walks to and from school, and get an alert when students have arrived safely at school.
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Facts about the month of April
  • Zodiac signs for April are Aries, March 21 to April 19
 and Taurus, April 20 to May 20.
  • April begins on the same day of the week as July every single year.
  • The Titanic sank on April 15, 1912.
  • In England there are many cuckoo festivals. The arrival of the cuckoo bird in April is a signal that spring has arrived.
  • April is one of only four months that has exactly 30 days, the others are June, September and November.
  • The birth flower of April is typically the Sweet Pea or the Daisy.
  • April 23rd is known as the Feast day of the Patron Saint of England.
  • On April 6, 1917 the United States declared war on Germany in World War I.
  • In the Southern Hemisphere, April is the same as October in the Northern Hemisphere.
  • The diamond is the birthstone for the month of April.



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