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Dealing with School Bus Trespassing
Sometimes it seems like people do things that we shouldn't need to say are completely inappropriate...like trespassing on school buses. Unfortunately, it happens. In fact, in recent months there have been several high-profile cases of unauthorized individuals boarding school buses to harass students or staff. Worse, some districts - such as the Escambia County School District - have discovered there aren't even laws on the books preventing it! While not the most common threat to student bus safety, school bus trespassing is a legitimate problem that districts should be prepared to confront. Here are some of the things you and your drivers should be aware of.
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INDUSTRY INSIGHTS


  Oldest Licensed School Bus Driver in California Watches Industry Evolve
School Transportation News
The California Highway Patrol honored Phillip Gardner, the oldest licensed school bus driver in the state, for over seven decades of safe driving. Gardner turned 90 years old on March 22, and he might very well be the oldest active school bus driver in the U.S. Gardner was 20 years old when he began his first school bus driving job for a private school in San Diego, California. In 1947, he started driving a school bus, and 70 years later, he still hasn’t stopped. Why? Because he loves what he does.


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  ACT Expo Provides Latest Electric Environment for Commercial Vehicles
School Transportation News
Roger M. Nielsen, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, headlined the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in late April and proclaimed the arrival of electric drive systems, which several companies unveiled. “I believe the future is electric,” Nielsen commented during his opening remarks. He added that “natural gas is an interim solution,” which includes both CNG and propane.


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  Federal Resolution Seeks Comprehensive Research of Illegal School Passing Issue
School Transportation News
A bipartisan House resolution seeks to improve student safety by requiring the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to compile data and implement a national public awareness campaign on motorists who illegally pass school bus stops. Reps. Jackie Walorski of Indiana and Julia Brownley of California introduced HR 2288, named the “Stop for School Buses Act of 2019” (STOP Act), in response to the deaths of three siblings—6-year-old twin boys and their 9-year-old stepsister—last Oct. 30 in rural Rochester County, Indiana.


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FUN NEWS


  Bus Driver Surprises Student with Decorated School Bus in Honor of Her Birthday
GMA
A school bus driver has pulled out all the stops to make one of her little passengers feel special on her birthday. Arletha Sherman, 64 of Jacksonville, Florida, decorated her school bus in honor of Anna Hopson's fifth birthday. "She's touched my heart," Sherman told "Good Morning America" of Anna. "She never complains. She has the most beautiful smile and it inspired me to do something for her."


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  Doggie School Bus Provides Pups with Fun, Exercise
KOIN
Kids aren't the only ones heading to the school bus thanks to one local dog lover. Arat Montoya started the Doggie School Bus for those around the Portland metro area. It's an outdoor dog daycare that provides transportation. The bus takes dogs to fenced-in pastures so they can roam around and get in some exercise while their humans are busy.


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  School Bus Driver's Deed Delights Young Student
SILive
When 10-year-old Nora Ujkashevic realized she left her Apple AirPods on a school bus after a school field trip, she didn’t think she would ever see them again. The fifth-grade student from PS 52, Dongan Hills, left wireless, Bluetooth-connected headphones -- which retail anywhere from $159 to $199 – on a Pioneer school bus on April 9. The next morning, Nora’s mother Julie Perezaj-Ujkashevic received a phone call from PS 52 that the school bus driver, Azim Demirovic, returned the AirPods to the school.


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