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Fleet maintenance: Just how clean is today's diesel fuel?
Until recently, diesel fuel was associated with school buses that were loud, dirty and smelled bad. Over the past several years, diesel has become cleaner, though certain myths still exist about its true environmental impact. School buses provide reliable transportation for millions of American students each day, so it's no wonder that parents and school administrators worry about how diesel fuel affects health.
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School bus safety: Training drivers to deal with emergencies
School bus drivers are typically required to complete extensive training before hitting the road. In most districts, this includes instruction for dealing with emergency situations. Deciding what topics should be covered can be a difficult decision because training utilizes valuable time and resources. Here are some subjects that should be included in your school bus safety training program.
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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


The many ways GPS can encourage safer buses
School Transportation News
In the modern era, parents, teachers and students alike have come to rely upon GPS location services to provide real-time assurance of where they are. In the school transportation industry, GPS has become the standard for creating an environment of safety and accountability. But there are lot of areas where GPS can assist in maintaining safety for students.
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Bill to punish people who ignore school bus laws advances
WYFF News
A bill that would make it easier to punish people who drive around a stopped school bus is one step closer to becoming law in South Carolina. It passed the Senate Transportation Committee and is now headed to the Senate floor. The South Carolina Department of Education estimates that there are 2,000 violations in South Carolina per day.
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FUN NEWS


51-year school bus driver has a way with kids
School Bus Fleet
If you drive a school bus for half a century like Hilda Vann, you're bound to have at least a few close calls with other vehicles on the road. For Vann, the most frightening moment was when she saw a tractor-trailer careening toward her bus.
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Worst End-of-the-School-Year Mom
The Huffington Post (commentary)
Carissa Howard writes: "Just when I thought my mother-of-the-year attitude couldn't get any worse, I've realized that I'm in an end-of-the-school-year slump. More than ever, I can't deal with anything because my patience for disruptions to the school schedule, homework, class projects, field trips, activities, graduation ceremonies and the like has officially run out. My four-year-old gets her 'diploma' in a few short days, but it's not summertime."
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Facts about the month of May
  • The birthstone for May is the emerald which represents success or love.
  • The birth flower for May is the Crataegus monogyna and the Lily of the Valley.
  • On May 20, 1862, Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act.
  • 'May' was the 493rd miost popular name given to a baby girl in the UK in 2003. ‘Mae’ was 499th.
  • May, from the Latin ‘Maius’, is named after Maia, a Roman goddess of growth.
  • According to old superstitions, it is unlucky to marry, buy a broom or wash a blanket in May.
  • No U.S. President has ever died during the month of May.
  • Midsummer Night’s Dream is the only Shakespeare play that mentions a maypole.
  • May is the month of Autumn in the Southern Hemisphere, and spring in the Northern Hemisphere.
  • No month other than May ever begins or ends on the same day of the week, in the same year.



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