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STN Media Group, NAPT form new industry partnership to produce annual Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo
STN Media Group, owner and publisher of School Transportation News magazine, and the National Association for Pupil Transportation signed an agreement last month to co-produce the Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo held in conjunction with the Transporting Students with Special Needs and Preschoolers National Conference, which takes place March 8-13 at the Embassy Suites Dallas-Frisco Hotel and Convention Center in Frisco, Texas. The three-day Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo mixes industry training with a hands-on competition. Student transporters from across the nation who won state-qualifying events have been invited to participate.
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NAPT PDS and SNT courses available at many upcoming conferences
For NAPT members interested in pursuing career development, certification and recertification, and/or the NAPT Special Needs Endorsement, we will be announcing dates and locations of our course offerings throughout the year.

For anyone that wants to receive NAPT credit for PDS or SNT 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, including a link to the conference site.

OASBO (Ontario Association of School Business Officials): OASBO Course Web Link

TAA (Transportation Administrators of Arizona): TAA Course Web link

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

ASTSBC (Association of School Transportation Services of British Columbia): ASTSBC Course Web link

MAPT (Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation): MAPT 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.

The NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training Program was created to encourage individuals involved in school transportation to enhance their knowledge about transporting students with disabilities and promote excellent leadership skills for the community of transportation personnel serving children of all ages with special needs.

For more information, click here: SNT Brochure.

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Idling Gets You Nowhere

But an E-Guardian Heater Gets You…
  • Driver / passenger safety & comfort
  • Decreased fuel consumption & maintenance costs
  • A meaningful reduction in carbon emissions
  • Short R.O.I. and significant savings

NAPT offers SNT Training Program at 2013 TSD Conference
The 22nd annual Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers National Conference will be held March 8-13, in Frisco, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.

The conference will offer attendees a wide variety of opportunities for learning, including educational sessions, workshops, a trade show and a competitive roadeo for bus drivers and attendants. In addition, the complete NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training Program will be offered on-site. Please check the detailed schedule here and make plans to attend the courses you need.

Those interested in receiving NAPT Special Needs Transportation Endorsement credits may register for the course offerings by visiting,, to download the "2013 TSD SNT Registration Form."

Visit the NAPT Booth - #514 at the show — and say hello to Janna!

Any questions regarding the NAPT SNT registration can be directed to NAPT at 800-989-6278 or via email

For more information about the conference please visit the website:

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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 upon 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: American Bus Sales, Fortress Systems International, Proheat/Teleflex Canada and Woodstock Safety Mirror. Their logos will be posted for the next few weeks, so please take a moment to become familiar with the products and services they offer.

American Bus Sales ( offers a wide range of certified, pre-owned, low mileage school buses in every make, model and capacity. Features include air conditioning, special needs transportation equipment, cameras and activity seats, among many others.

Fortress Systems International ( provides mobile surveillance solutions that allow for operations to easily locate, retrieve, view, save and share recorded video and audio from installed cameras.

Proheat/Teleflex Canada ( Proheat is a global leader in advanced auxiliary heaters. Their customers include aftermarket vehicle dealers and service organizations as well as manufacturers of transport trucks, buses, off-highway and military vehicles.

Woodstock Safety Mirror ( supplies stop sign mirror units for "danger zone" monitoring and provide additional stop signs to warn motorists not to pass on the right when children are loading and unloading.

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In the past 7 years, 83 children were killed in the Danger Zones – an average of 12 deaths per year. We are taking action to reduce these catastrophes from Twelve to Zero. Not just talking about it, or wishing them away – we have a strategy. Visit our web site and see what you can do. Saving twelve children’s lives each year is worth your help.
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Seon supports anti-bullying and participates in Pink Shirt Day
Seon Blog
Bullying affects everyone at each stage of life. School-aged children are most at risk with 160,000 students missing school every day due to the fear of attack or intimidation by other children. Bullying on the school bus is a nationwide problem: "Outside of the playground, school bus bullying is the most common form of bullying among school-aged children" (
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Bratton urges collaboration at Westchester School Safety Symposium
The Greenburgh Daily Voice
Awareness and collaboration in Westchester County, N.Y., is key to prevent a school shooting like the one that occurred in Newtown, Conn., according to William Bratton, a former New York City police commissioner, and several school safety experts. Hundreds of police, fire, government and school officials from throughout Westchester recently attended the School Safety Symposium at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, SUNY, to learn how to prevent such an incident and how to handle one if it happens.
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  Climate Control for School & Commercial Buses

Design • Manufacture • Install • Parts • Service

Trans/Air Manufacturing Corporation is an ISO 9001 registered firm, manufacturing a full line of climate control systems for the school, commercial and electric/hybrid vehicle markets. Units, parts, service, training, warranty, and new or aftermarket installations are available through factory-owned operations or a network of distributors throughout North America.

Does pre-K work? Ask old people
Yes, elite preschool admissions are perfectly absurd, but the benefits of preschool are seriously significant. Researchers in North Carolina and Michigan have spent decades following children who attend preschool and comparing them with control groups of children who didn't. While preschool, of course, does not single-handedly determine whether a child will be successful and happy or end up shoplifting with the riffraff, on the whole the studies suggest the early schooling can reroute lives for the better.
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    Webinar announcement: 'The Health Care and Safety Costs of Untreated Sleep Apnea' (NAPT)
Free resources for bully prevention (Health Resources and Services Administration)
NAPT PDS & SNT courses available at many upcoming conferences (NAPT)
Why the school bus never comes in red or green (The New York Times)

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Aging buses topic for budget committee in Oregon
Statesman Journal
As many as 50 Salem-Keizer School District buses have hit more than 200,000 miles or 12 years of age, according to a report recently presented to the budget committee. Another 63 vehicles will hit their replacement mark in the next two years. Salem-Keizer School District doesn't have a replacement budget. "It looks like we're clearly due for trouble with our buses," said board member Nancy MacMorris-Adix.
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Governors Highway Safety Association teen driving study
The Associated Press via WJLA-TV
Deaths of younger teen drivers increased sharply in the first six months of last year, reversing a decade-long trend, according to a report recently released. Deaths of 16- and 17-year-old drivers in traffic accidents in the first six months of 2012 were up a combined 19 percent over the same period in the previous year, according to the report from the Governors Highway Safety Association.

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Hunt for bus drivers goes 'round and 'round
Abilene Reporter-News
Is it time to bus in the bus drivers? As oil prices continue to rise so is the demand for oil field workers, including those with Commercial Drivers Licenses. It's hard for a school district to compete with oil field wages.

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Webinar announcement

When: March 5

Time: 11 a.m. - noon, Eastern

What: The Health Care and Safety Costs of Untreated Sleep Apnea

Host: John McCormick is the National Manager for Occupational Health for ResMed, a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of products for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep-disordered breathing.

Webinar Description: The focus of this webinar is to educate transportation management and personnel on the health issues of sleep apnea, outlining what sleep apnea is, what's going on in the industry and how to deal with pending guidelines. As you may know, the National Transportation Safety Board has made reducing driver fatigue, which sleep apnea is a major contributor to, part of their "Most Wanted List" of improvements to the transportation industry.

Click here to register.

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Bullying and psychiatric illness linked
AudioBriefA new study on bullying shows that people who were bullied have higher rates of psychiatric illness as adults. Host Michel Martin speaks with the study's lead author, William Coleman of Duke University, and bullying expert Rosalind Wiseman.
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Proposed legislation would fund cops in schools
The Macomb Daily
The Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings that claimed the lives of 26 persons could serve as a catalyst to resurrect a federal program that provides funds to put police officers in schools. U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., introduced recently a bill that would revitalize the dormant Cops in Schools grant program and fund it with $30 million annually. U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, has signed on as a co-sponsor of the measure. "The recent school massacre in Newtown, Conn. sent shock waves across the country," Meadows said in a news release announcing his proposed Protect America's Schools Act of 2013. "As a father, I grieved with the families who lost a loved one that day. And as a legislator, I vowed that I would take action to prevent future tragedies." Miller echoed her colleague's sentiment.
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AT&T adds two distracted-driving business solutions
Fleet Owner Magazine
AT&T has introduced two mobile-communication solutions — Associate PLEDGE and SafeCell Enterprise — that are both aimed at reducing dangerous driving behavior by business employees. The company said that its new Associate PLEDGE is a mobile app that "lets businesses conduct real-time monitoring and helps to enforce corporate policies on mobile devices while employees are driving." AT&T said Associate PLEDGE is best suited for mobile employees, fleet drivers and sales teams that regularly travel on company business or operate company vehicles. Using the app, employers can manage and restrict device use while employee vehicles are in motion, including blocking phone calls, text messages and push-to-talk capabilities.
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Schools look for broader homeless student transportation strategy
The Bedford Citizen
At their recent meeting, the school committee in Bedford, Mass., unanimously voted for a $34,214,568 budget figure for FY14, a 4.35 percent increase over FY13 and the same number that the Finance Committee voted on. The question of how to make accurate projections about how much homeless student transportation would cost in any given year and how to establish where the funds would come from was thornier than the much vetted and debated budget total. While the schools' line item for homeless student transportation in FY14 is $60,000, School Director of Finance David Coelho said that as of December, receipts for FY13 homeless transportation totaled $66,583, and by year's end he projects that the tally will be between $133,000 and $166,000.
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When bullying goes high-tech
As many as 25 percent of teenagers have experienced cyberbullying at some point, said Justin W. Patchin, who studies the phenomenon at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He and colleagues have conducted formal surveys of 15,000 middle and high school students throughout the United States, and found that about 10 percent of teens have been victims of cyberbullying in the last 30 days. Online bullying has a lot in common with bullying in school: Both behaviors include harassment, humiliation, teasing and aggression, Patchin said. Cyberbullying presents unique challenges in the sense that the perpetrator can attempt to be anonymous, and attacks can happen at any time of day or night. There's still more bullying that happens at school than online, however, Patchin said. And among young people, it's rare that an online bully will be a total stranger.
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New push to ban distracted driving in Texas
VideoBrief Everybody knows that texting while driving is dangerous. But drivers all across the nation are guilty of doing it every single day. Now, there is a new statewide push to get people to put the phone down while sitting behind the wheel. House Bill 63 is being proposed at the State Capitol. The law would ban drivers from reading, writing or sending texts, emails, tweets or similar messages unless the car is stopped. Anyone caught doing one of those things would receive a ticket. Fines would increase with repeat offenses.
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US gas price spike: Blame the long road from well to pump
National Geographic Daily News
The usual reaction to such a rapid increase in gas prices has been an irritated glance in the direction of foreign oil producers. This time, however, analysis reveals that the primary pumper-uppers of pump prices reside much closer to home. They are the nation's oil refiners, the crucial middlemen who "crack" crude oil into gasoline, heating oil, and other derivative products.
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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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