NAPT MultiView News Brief
Apr. 1, 2014

NAPT PDS courses available at upcoming events

For NAPT members interested in pursuing career development, certification and recertification, we will be announcing dates and locations of our course offerings throughout the year.

If you wish to receive NAPT credit for PDS course offerings at upcoming events, and an official course completion certificate from NAPT, please click on the specific location you are interested in (below). You'll be taken to a registration page that details all the information you need.

ASTAC (Alberta Student Transportation Advisory Council): Course Web link

TAA (Transportation Administrators of Arizona): Course Web Link

MAPT (Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation): Course Web Link

VAPT (Virginia Association for Pupil Transportation): Course Web Link

The NAPT Professional Development Series is the industry's only comprehensive training program designed exclusively for school transportation professionals; offering nearly 40 different courses for the classroom and many are now available online.

Visit our website: NAPT PDS page. More

Vendor Spotlight: On the spot? Come to the spotlight

Business Partners are special members of NAPT. They provide expertise, products and services to the pupil transportation industry, helping to maintain and improve the safety and efficiency of operations and processes. Knowing who to call when you're on the spot is important.

To help you find solutions, we highlight our business partners in a scrolling logo format on the NAPT homepage every two weeks. Just click on the company logo to find out more.

Featured in our "Business Partner in the Spotlight" section are: Donaldson Co. Inc., Education Logistics, Inc., Gatekeeper Systems Inc., Trans Tech Bus, Trapeze Software Group, Triad Fabco Industries and Weldon, A Division of Akron Brass. Their logos will be posted for the next couple of weeks, so please take a moment to become familiar with the products and services they offer.

Donaldson Co. Inc. (www.donaldson.com) serves customers in the industrial and engine markets, including dust collection, power generation, specialty filtration, compressed air purification, off-road equipment, industrial compressors, heavy trucks and light vehicles.

Education Logistics, Inc. (www.edulog.com) empowers school districts with advanced technology capable of meeting complex challenges.

Gatekeeper Systems Inc. (www.gatekeeper-systems.com) specializes in design, manufacturing and marketing of total video security solutions for mobile and extreme environments.

Trans Tech Bus (www.transtechbus.com) is a manufacturer of conventional and environmental-friendly electric Type-A school buses.

Trapeze Software Group (www.trapezegroup.com) enables tracking of real-time vehicle locations, keeps parents and staff informed, manages school bus fleets and staff and reports on key indicators.

Triad Fabco Industries (www.triadfabcoindustries.com) supplies industry standard school bus seat cushioning with high density Rebond foam.

Weldon, A Division of Akron Brass (www.weldoninc.com) supplies life safety products and services to its global customers.More

NHTSA to require backup cameras on all vehicles
USA Today
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently issued a proposed rule requiring all new light vehicles — including cars, SUVs, trucks and vans — to have "rear-view visibility systems," in effect, requiring backup cameras. The rule — which would be final in 60 days — would start phasing in on May 1, 2016 models and be at 100 percent May 1, 2018. The rule follows an outcry from consumer groups and by families touched by tragic back-over accidents, especially those involving children. They have pushed hard against more delays in the rule.More

TRB-sponsored study asks riders how they would like to communicate with transit agencies via the Web
Transportation Research Board and IdeaScale
The Transportation Research Board is sponsoring a study to explore the use of Web-based feedback to improve transit service. As part of the study, researchers are interested in understanding how riders would like to communicate with transit agencies, focusing on Web-based feedback tools. They have set up an online community so you can submit your ideas, vote on other people's ideas, and add comments as part of the discussion. More

New DOT rules keep roads safer by keeping truck drivers healthier
WQOW-TV
The Department of Transportation is starting a new measure this spring that hopes to keep our highways safer by keeping truck and commercial drivers healthier. The rules of the road are changing, even before drivers get behind the wheel. "The National Transportation Safety Board has identified some of the causes to fatal or serious injury crashes, as a result of drivers not being physically fit to operate that vehicle," said Mark Porter, DOT program supervisor. The DOT's new rules start with the doctors, who issue federal medical cards to commercial drivers.More

Senator announces increased penalties for passing stopped school bus
The Catskill Chronicle
This legislation, which New York Senator John Bonacic sponsored, will increase penalties for drivers who repeatedly pass a stopped school bus. The bill will enhance current penalties for passing a stopped school bus by adding a 60-day suspension of an individual's driver's license when a holder is convicted two or more times of passing a stopped school bus within a period of 10 years. Current law provides that an individual convicted two or more times of speeding in a construction zone be subject to a 60-day suspension of his or her driver's license, but does not provide the same penalty for passing a stopped school bus two or more times.More

Chelsea Clinton: It is important for children to realize their value
The Huffington Post
When it comes to advice and tips for young girls who are smart but who may not fit in, Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, has some fantastic insights to share. As someone who identifies with children who are bullied or struggle with fitting in, Chelsea has taken strides as an advocate for children. "It's important for every girl or boy to realize their value and find ways in which they do fit in, even if it's not with the popular kids," said Chelsea.More

Cellphone bans may not prevent accidents
The New York Times
Every year people are killed in car crashes, and in many of those accidents a driver was using a cellphone. For this reason, many states prohibit drivers from texting while driving or from holding cellphones in their hands. A new study has found that cellphone bans have little effect on accident rates, even though they do affect driving habits. More

Honda to trial Car2Car traffic signal information system in Japan
The Motor Report
Honda is the latest carmaker to ramp up the push towards semi-autonomous vehicles, with a testing program set to begin soon on the streets of Utsunomiya City in Japan. The program incorporates several companies under the banner Universal Traffic Management Systems, and aims to provide feedback for future Car2Car and Car2Infrastucture technology. A key focus of the trial is to pass traffic signal information from Car2Car, with the aim of reducing congestion and fuel usage while improving road safety.More

Girls and ADHD: Are you missing the signs?
Scholastic
When you think ADHD, do you think boy? You're not alone. Boys are three times more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD, even though they're no more likely to have it. Too many young girls are not getting the help they need. That's why teachers are so important. When it comes to learning disabilities, teachers are often the first to spot a child's difficulties, and are able to bring it to the attention of parents and specialists. More

'Walking School Bus' provides safe, healthy, social way for children to get to school
The Republican
The 'Walking School Bus' is a safe, social and healthy way for children to make their way from home to school. This inexpensive and ingenious idea relies on feet for transportation, but provides safety in numbers, with supervision.More

2014 NAPT Summit exhibitor information now available
NAPT
The 2014 NAPT Summit is going to be exciting with the changes made to the schedule and opportunities for NAPT Business Partners. It will give us more opportunities to visit with delegates both on a social basis, in workshops and during the Trade Show hours. More

Multiple threats lead to 5-hour lockdown at Maryland high school
WBAL-TV
There were tense moments recently at South Carroll High School as multiple and alarming threats of violence against students meant an hours-long lockdown that started right before dismissal.More

Accomplished bus driver talks about safety, challenges
Akron Beacon Journal
Kathleen "Lolly" Smith learned to drive stick shift the hard way: In a school bus. When she started driving for Akron Public Schools in 1974, friends helped her get a chauffeur's license, the previous requirement for transporting dozens of school children. "You drove around the block," she said of the test. "They didn't even make sure you cross railroad tracks correctly." Much has changed in 40 years. For the most part, stick shift is out. Distracted driving is up. And extensive training is in.More

2014 Kids Count: More children now in poverty than during the recession
Chalkbeat Colorado
More children are living in poverty than during the 2008 recession, and that number is growing. That's the latest from the 2014 Kids Count report from Colorado Children's Campaign, the annual report on the state of child health, wellness and education. Colorado has one of the fastest growing rates of child poverty, a consistent pattern since 2000. More

6 essential R's to reduce school-wide bullying
Edutopia
The best way to reduce bullying is not with a one-time assembly or a poster campaign, but with homegrown, data-driven, sustained efforts by a caring, committed staff — a model call the six R's, a blueprint for effective bullying prevention. Each "R" is crucial in creating what our students deserve — a safe, caring learning environment that breeds acceptance and respect. More

House OKs proposal to require school buses for safe passage routes
WBBM-TV
The Illinois House has approved legislation that would require the Chicago Public Schools to provide school buses for all students who use Safe Passage routes to get to school. CPS officials tried to block the proposal, saying it would cost the district more than $60 million a year. The district said the legislation would mean providing school buses for 53,000 more students than it currently buses — and 1,800 more bus runs a day. More

Some parents having their children opt out of PSSA exams
The Philadelphia Inquirer
In the Philadelphia School District, there is a small but growing group of parents who are pushing back against the standardized tests that for the last decade-plus have been the most important metric by which schools are judged. State exam results matter. Schools that score consistently poorly can be closed, restructured, or given to a charter organization. What's more, the results of the Pennsylvania System of State Assessment are key for admission to selective high schools. Nevertheless, a local network of parents and teachers is advocating that families learn more about the exams, understand their rights, and consider having their children skip them. More

An important lesson: Traffic police drive around to schools, teaching road safety
The Express Tribune and International New York Times
Traffic police in Karachi, Pakistan, have come up with the innovative idea of a mobile theater to create awareness of traffic rules and road safety measures among children. Equipped with a multimedia system and two television screens, the air-conditioned mobile theater, fitted in a traffic police bus, is visiting the city's major schools. In a one-hour program, the traffic police experts deliver lectures to students about road safety and the traffic duties of a responsible citizen.More