NAPT MultiView News Brief
Jan. 22, 2013

School bus safety and security awareness and preparedness
NAPT
Safety and security are paramount in the school bus industry. We are confident that the men and women of pupil transportation will use last December's tragedy in Newtown, Conn., as motivation for constructive engagement in the national conversation that has ensued, and will build on the excellent safety and security record we've achieved over the decades.

NAPT intends to give voice to your thoughts and concerns in order to continue to address issues and best practices in school bus security. We are formulating a plan to provide you with relevant resources and education, particularly this October in Grand Rapids, Mich.

If you are interested in becoming involved in this effort alongside others who share the sincere desire to help everyone in school transportation deal with these challenges effectively, please visit www.napt.org/safetyandsecurity.More

Schools working on bullying prevention, still a long way to go
VOXXI
The topic of bullying has been a part of the national conversation since the Columbine High School shooting nearly 15 years ago, but some schools still aren't effectively dealing with the issue that has sadly defined everyday life in and out of class for far too many youngsters. Even though national counselors talk up approaches such as conflict resolution and tolerance, the CDC recently reported during the 2009-2010 school year 23 percent of public schools reported bullying occurred among students on a daily or weekly basis. A higher percentage of middle school students reported being bullied than high school students. More

Washington Legislature considers funding school buses from transportation budget
The Oregonian
Schools are more important than roads, said Washington state Rep. Ross Hunter, D-Medina, at the Associated Press Legislative Preview recently in Olympia. Since the Washington State Supreme Court ruled one year ago in the McCleary decision that the Legislature wasn't fulfilling its paramount duty — funding basic education — legislators have turned to creative ways to fill the K-12 funding gap.More

Nearly 1 million natural gas trucks and buses will be sold by 2019
Fleet Owner Magazine
Sales of natural gas trucks and buses will expand steadily over the remainder of the decade, nearing 1 million in sales from 2012 through 2019, according to a recent report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant's Energy Practice. The report said because trucks and buses use significant amounts of fuel and tend to emit high levels of greenhouse gases, diesel and natural gas vehicles are increasingly attractive options in commercial markets. At the same time, the rebounding construction industry is pushing growth in the overall truck market while cities and municipalities look to expand their public transit systems.More

Cameras on school buses in Florida could lead to change in law
WFTV-TV
A school district hopes that a test of cameras on the outside of school buses will lead to a change in state law. School bus drivers have complained for a long time about cars driving past their buses when the stop signs are extended. "It's scary. Kids could get hit when they get off the bus," said parent Jesse Adams. In about a month's time, cameras on two Seminole County school buses captured video of 67 drivers breaking the law. That's more than two a day.More

Dramatic evidence of dangers of distracted driving
CNN via KTLA-TV
VideoBriefYou know you're not supposed to do it, but taking your eyes off the road — even for just a moment — can have a devastating impact. "I was in a really bad accident. I hit the back of a tractor-trailer that had a fork lift on it, and I've had over 20 surgeries to repair my face," 24-year-old Amanda Kloehr explains. "I lost an eye, snapped an ankle. I have 36 plates and 48 screws in the right side of my face. I had to learn how to re-walk and I was in a coma." Kloehr was like many teens, who are five times more likely to text and drive. That's according to the cellphone industry, which has teamed up with the government to promote awareness.More

Hazard light stops now common among school buses
Greenville Daily News
To help reduce traffic backups on major roadways, Michigan school districts have migrated toward using hazard light stops on certain bus routes. The most recent school district to operate under the new lighting system is Greenville Public Schools, which implemented the changes on Jan. 7.More

From bullying to relationships: Mapping our online communications
PhysOrg
When we typically think of children who are the victims of school bullying, what comes to mind are isolated youth who do not fit in. A new study, however, shows that when that harassment occurs online, the victims tend to be in mainstream social groups at the school — and they are often friends or former friends, not strangers.More

Canary App pecks away at distracted driving
The Car Connection
Texting and driving is a terrible habit. In fact, drivers distracted by texts and phone calls account for an increasingly large proportion of deaths on America's roads. Countless studies have shown that the problem of distracted driving is worst among teens and young adults. Many parents have had frank discussions with their children about the dangers of texting and driving, but some still need a way to drive the point home. For them, there's the Canary app.More

Parents to school board: Beef up school security
Westport News
As officials prepare to launch a new security audit of the town's public schools, a number of parents recently expressed concerns to the Board of Education about the school district's existing security infrastructure and protocols. The parents' worries reflect the pronounced unease that many town residents still feel about children's safety at school one month after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., which took the lives of 20 first-grade students and six educators.More