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Home   Annual Conference   Members Only   Foundation   Careers April 19, 2011

NAPT Free Webinar Series

The NAPT Free Webinar Series

WHEN: 1 to 2 p.m. EST on May 3

WHAT: "Driver Involvement in Child Personal Safety"

Click here to sign up for the NAPT free webinar.

About the webinar: School bus drivers are already vigilant about ensuring that children are safely transported to and from school. However, it's also important for them to be aware of the risk of abductions because these incidents often exist in the same environment in which school bus drivers operate — the route to and from school.

The information provided in this webinar will help you empower your drivers with increased awareness of their environment and the ability to recognize the warning signs, such as suspicious persons or vehicles. Several media stories will help to illustrate the ways in which school bus drivers may become involved in the protection of children. Additionally, participants will learn about resources that they can distribute in their community to increase awareness of these issues.

About the host: Laurie Nathan is the manager of National Outreach and Partnerships for the NetSmartz Workshop, an educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Nathan analyzed Internet-related child exploitation cases and worked closely with law enforcement as a staff analyst in the Exploited Child Division at NCMEC. As the director of Programs at Prevent Child Abuse of Metropolitan Washington, she focused on child abuse prevention outreach campaigns for the Washington, D.C., metro area and trained hundreds of volunteers to handle calls on a support line for children.

Nathan graduated from Emory University in Atlanta with a bachelor's degree in psychology.

Please note: You need to be an active member of NAPT to participate in this webcast, and you must have a broadband Internet connection. We are now able to broadcast audio for the webinar to your computer. You also may use a phone line to dial into the conference call line.



Join us Oct. 22-27 in Cincinnati for an action-packed event featuring workshops, professional growth opportunities, an unparalleled trade show and much more!

We will provide frequent updates about program content. In the meantime, feel free to register and reserve your hotel room.

For all summit-related information, please visit and click on the "Annual Summit" tab.

Exhibitors, please log on to for exhibitor packets, business partner applications and Freeman show services information.

AngelTrax introduces the Hybrid Quest™ and Hybrid Vault™ mobile DVRs

These hot-swappable, component based mobile DVRs feature both wireless compatibility, capable of live video streaming, and instant system health checks, enabling users to gain enhanced insight into fleet operations.

Cincinnati Food Tour
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What better way to enjoy a city than by sampling its local cuisine? Take a peek at the noshing opportunities on this food tour:

Skyline Chili: Known as the "Chili" Capital of the World, Cincinnati hosts more chili restaurants per capita than any other city in the world. Skyline Chili was mentioned on the Food Network show "Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive Ins and Dives." You will sample a "cheese coney," featuring chili, hot dogs, onions and cheese. What could top that?

Graeter's is another stop along the way. Established in Cincinnati in 1870, this retail ice cream shop offers super premium, thick ice cream that was featured on the Food Network. Even Oprah Winfrey is a big fan. Bonus flavors in October are pumpkin, cinnamon and turtle sundae.

At Nicholson's Pub, you’ll want to try their signature dish, Lobster Mac-in-Cheese. The pub also serves 35 European beers and 135 varieties of scotch.

The seven-block, three-hour tour is not strenuous, but comfortable shoes are recommended. The route is wheelchair-friendly, and water is provided. Tour managers insist you will be full. The tour departs at Fountain Square, 5th & Vine on Thursdays and Saturdays at 1 p.m. Cost: $37.38. To purchase tickets, call 800- 979-3370, or visit the Zerve website.

Restaurant map on website

On the NAPT website, under the Annual Summit tab, click on Restaurant and Dining Map and you’ll find 60 different restaurants located close to our hotels. Each entry includes an address, phone and cost, which is indicated by the number of dollar signs. You'll find the three places spoken of in the food tour article. Our hotels, the Millennium and the Hyatt are Nos. 11 and 12, respectively.

2 Thousand Pounds of CO2
Amount emitted by a Single School Bus
Every Year.

Espar Independent Heating Systems enable drivers to pre-heat their school buses, offering warm starts, defrosted windows and a safe and comfortable environment for students, all without engine idling. MORE


Reduce your carbon footprint by riding the bus
FirstGroup America    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Want to reduce your carbon footprint this Earth Day? FirstGroup America, the largest provider of ground transportation services in North America, suggests you leave your car in the garage and take the bus! Public transit and school buses replace a significant number of cars on the road, making them an environmentally sound transportation option. More

SPECIAL NEEDS - New Driver Training Course

Transporting students with SPECIAL NEEDS requires a well trained special kind of driver. Finally, a comprehensive course aimed solely at the drivers is now available. Learn more at and request a free demo disk.

Foundation gift brings TV to some Comal school buses
San Antonio Express-News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Students in Comal ISD are learning just how much fun a bus ride can be when accompanied by a NASA rocket launch or a panda and her newborn cub on the Discovery Channel. The school district now has two Bus-Ed-Safe-TV monitors, which are 26-inch LCD televisions placed securely at the front of the bus. The BEST monitors are easy to remove and place onto different buses so more Comal ISD students can experience the new technology. More

Motor coach safety enforcement actions produce results
Department of Transportation Fastlane    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Ensuring the safety of the nation's highways is a top priority for the Department of Transportation. Whether driving cars or riding in motor coaches, America's travelers deserve to be safe. That's why the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and its state and local law enforcement partners recently conducted nine days of surprise motor coach safety inspections across the nation. More

Drivers start to cut back on gas as prices rise
The Associated Press via Google News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With the price of gas above $3.50 a gallon in all but one state, there are signs Americans are cutting back on driving, reversing a steady increase in demand for fuel as the economy improves. For five consecutive weeks, Americans have bought less gas than they did a year earlier, according to MasterCard Spending Pulse, which tracks the volume of gas sold at 140,000 service stations nationwide. More

Keeping eyes on distracted driving's toll
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While driving a car, have you ever: Reprogrammed your GPS device? Retrieved something you or a child dropped? Searched for a particular CD? Perhaps you never have texted or talked on a cellphone while operating a motor vehicle. But if you've engaged in any of the previous activities, you are just as guilty of distracted driving as if you had. More

Secretary of Transportation LaHood: 'ticked off'
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Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood joined "Fox News Sunday" to discuss a recent string of air safety mishaps, which included several air traffic controllers falling asleep on the job. LaHood came out of the gate by expressing his frustration with the air traffic controller issue. He said, "I don't know when I've ever been madder. I'm outraged about this. I want the flying public to know that we're doing everything we can, 24/7, to correct this problem." More

Traffic sensors expected to help forecast backups
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A new traffic information system peers into the future, sees traffic jams before they happen and alerts commuters about possible trouble before they step out the front door. It could soon tell them whether they can save time by taking transit or simply surrender and work from home. More

Support may help curb suicide among gay youths
Health Day via U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gay youths are much less likely to attempt suicide when they live in communities where they feel they have some support, either through gay/lesbian groups at school or simply because more same-sex couples live in the area, new research has found. "While there are a small number of prior studies that have demonstrated that school climate makes a difference for LGB students, this study is important because it extends our understanding to the broader surroundings of the community in which students and schools are situated," said Stephen T. Russell, a professor and director of the Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Families at the University of Arizona in Tucson. More

Government shutdown averted; transportation suffers significant spending cuts
AASHTO Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Congress recently approved and sent to President Barack Obama an appropriations bill to complete funding the federal government for the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30. It wipes out all funding for high-speed rail this fiscal year, cancels $400 million of last year's unobligated high-speed rail funds, reduces Amtrak capital funding $130 million, cuts transit capital funding $400 million, cancels $280 million in prior transit appropriations, and rescinds $2.5 billion in highway contract authority plus $630 million in old unused highway earmarks. More


JUST RELEASED! New online PDS course now available

602 — School Bus Routing and Scheduling II
This course explores the practical knowledge needed to efficiently manage your school bus routing and scheduling operations from both manual and computer-assisted perspectives. Staggering of school bus routes, computer-assisted routing and scheduling, including GIS systems and organizational impacts are discussed.

More courses are on the way!

Already available in our ONLINE Shopping Cart:
PDS 201 — Business Writing
PDS 202 — Presentation Skills
PDS 203 — Communications Skills for Transportation Professionals
PDS 204 — Team Communication Strategies
PDS 205 — Managing the Media
PDS 208 — Parent, Administrator, Board and Public Outreach
PDS 402 — Managing Human Resources
PDS-601 — School Bus Routing & Scheduling I
PDS 606 — Risk Management and Emergency Planning

NAPT members pay just $40 per course! You can sign up for any of these classes by clicking here. Available to non-members for $100.

Or visit our website, for more information.

To find out more about our partner in this endeavor, School Training Solutions, please visit

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