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NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training Program: New graduate
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Congratulations to Maria Adams, Denver Public Schools, Denver, Colo., for completing the SNT training program. Adams is the 40th person in the nation to complete the program.

The NAPT Special Needs Transportation training program provides numerous opportunities for transportation personnel serving students with disabilities to access educational opportunities at both local and national conferences and to gain national recognition for their efforts.

The program has a core curriculum that consists of six Special Needs courses in a variety of different settings, including a school bus roadeo and a trade show of school transportation products and services. The core curriculum is supplemented by two courses of elective instruction from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program. The syllabus for the core curriculum has been specifically designed to increase an individual's specific knowledge about transporting students with disabilities. For more information visit our website at

Call for contributors
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of the NAPT MultiView News Brief, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of NAPT, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you’re interested in participating, please contact Colby Horton to discuss logistics and payment. More


After Newtown shootings, Pennsylvania county hires armed school guards
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Four hundred miles from Sandy Hook Elementary, a superintendent named Mike Strutt left a morning meeting on Dec. 14 and decided to place his schools on "threat alert." He was concerned about a copycat attack on the day of the Connecticut shootings. But, as he read reports of the massacre, he started to worry more about something else. For 20 years, he had specialized in school safety, filling three binders with security plans and lockdown drills — all of which felt suddenly inadequate. In the case of an attack, would a "threat alert" do him any good? More

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White House may consider funding for police in schools after Newtown
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The Obama administration is considering funding many more police officers in public schools to secure campuses, a leading Democratic senator said, part of a broad gun violence agenda that is likely to include a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips and universal background checks. The school safety initiative, one of several under consideration, would make federal dollars available to schools that want to hire police officers and install surveillance equipment, although it is not nearly as far-ranging as the National Rifle Association's proposal for armed guards in every U.S. school. More

Medical card regulation change
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On Nov. 15, 2011, FMCSA mandated that all CDL drivers carry a copy of their Medical Certification Card. This rulemaking will be in effect until Jan. 30, 2014 in an effort to give states time to adjust to the cataloging of driver medical records.

Drivers and contractors should be in compliance with their State Driver's License Agency and report the type of vehicle they operate and if that operation crosses state lines. As business, routes, drivers and medical conditions change, these changes should be updated and accurate when presented to FMCSA. Employees are asked to act in a "fair and consistent manner" in "self-certifying" their records.

Proposed bill aims to boost safety on Alabama school buses
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In the state of Alabama, lawmakers say there are not many consequences for unauthorized adults getting on school buses. But that may all change, especially after the deadly Connecticut school shooting. A new bill is being proposed to make it a crime for adults trespassing on school buses. More

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Everyone agrees that children are precious. After a terrible accident we all met and asked ourselves if we could have done more? We had trained our drivers the same way for years. No one had ever questioned if it could have been improved. Did we teach safety best practices? Did we teach defensive driving? Now it was too late. Here is what you can do
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Bullying affects more than just the victim
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If bullying were a disease, it would be an epidemic in schools. National statistics from 2010 — the latest available — show more than a quarter of all children have experienced bullying, and that more than 30 percent experience bullying once a month. Both bullies and their victims show an increased risk of suicide, according to national and international studies. Even being a witness to bullying can be harmful, making the witness feel helpless, or that she or he could be the next target. More

Safety concern with overcrowded buses in North Dakota
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Some parents in the northern Valley are concerned about the safety of their children on the school bus after a picture surfaced showing students sitting four to a seat and squatting in the aisle. The school district superintendent says this isn't a regular occurrence: "We had a couple incidences where people had parties, didn't notify us in advance," admitted Hy Schlieve, superintendent of the Drayton Public School District, "so the regular bus wasn't situated." Yet Schlieve says overcrowding only happens when parents don't notify the school about extra riders; if the school is notified, a larger bus is used. More

Climate Control for School & Commercial Buses

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CES: Distracted driving? You ain't seen nothing yet
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If officials from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration walked the show floor at the Consumer Electronics Show this past week, they probably had apoplectic fits. On display is an explosion of in-car apps, Internet services — even behind-the-wheel video conferencing — that is bound to send government officials screaming about driver distraction. And with more advanced technology, including self-driving cars, rapidly rolling out, rulemakers are finding it hard to keep up. More

North Kansas City School District outfits buses with Wi-Fi
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There is a popular children's song that goes "the wheels on the bus go round and round ... and the people on the bus go up and down." But now they'll also be browsing the Web and Facebooking and Tweeting and learning. The buses at the northern Kansas City School District bus headquarters are fitted for the future — they have been equipped with wireless Internet. Officials hope that the change means students will learn more than ever outside of the classroom. The school buses are now like a classroom on wheels. More

Propane autogas primed for a bountiful 2013
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Right before the holidays, Student Transportation Inc. quietly issued a press release that many in the clean fleet arena viewed as a harbinger of great things to come for propane autogas. Various stakeholders are certainly hoping it is, indeed, the case. Adoption of alternative fuels among fleets is light but building momentum, so one could argue that all news from the sector is notable in some fashion. However, the STI announcement was unambiguously big, especially for propane. The company was not deploying four or 40 propane-powered school buses, but 400. More

Charleston school bus drivers concerned with bus maintenance; officials say buses are safe
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Some Charleston County school bus drivers say unsafe buses are putting students' lives in jeopardy, but officials say they don't allow dangerous buses on the road. Both sides agree that the state needs to buy more new buses. South Carolina has the nation's only state-run bus fleet; it also is the oldest in the country. More

Transporting Children With Disabilities, 4th Edition, by Dr. Linda F. Bluth, is available for purchase. NAPT members may purchase the Handbook for $14.99, plus shipping. The nonmember rate is $24.99, plus shipping.

Transporting Children With Disabilities, 4th Edition contains useful definitions of transportation and related special education terms as well as characteristics of children with special needs and special considerations for transporting children with special needs. This popular publication also explains the legal basis for special needs transportation in accordance with the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 and contains information about new Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act regulations.

To order your copy, please email NAPT Marketing and Communications Specialist Lynn Martin today! To learn more about the new NAPT Special Needs Training program click here.

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