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REGISTER NOW FOR THE 2013 NAPT SUMMIT – in Grand Rapids, Mich.!

Please join us for The NAPT Summit, scheduled for October 19-24, in Grand Rapids, Mich.! Registration is open and the hotel is taking reservations, so don't delay!

We are delighted to announce we'll be at the elegant surroundings of the Amway Grand, once again! Please be sure to make your hotel reservation through Passkey on our website to obtain the NAPT discount.

Whether you are a delegate or an exhibitor, there is something for you. Please visit our website for:

I. Delegate Registration – online or hard copy option
II. Exhibitor Packet
III. Hotel Link
IV. Ground Travel/Shuttle Information

See you in Grand Rapids!

NAPT Special Needs Transportation graduates
Congratulations to the following who have recently graduated from the SNT program: Lynn Head with School District 129 from Aurora, Ill., and Debbie Rike with Shelby County Schools from Arlington, Tenn.

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.

To access more information about the NAPT SNT program, including a detailed program description, application and SNT brochure, visit here.

To see the list of current graduates visit here.

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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 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.

If you wish 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

OPTA (Oregon Pupil Transportation Assn): OPTA 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

PSBA (Pennsylvania School Bus Association): PSBA 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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Rising star Anthony Foxx gets nod to replace Ray LaHood
Anthony Foxx, the fast-rising young mayor of Charlotte, N.C., will fill one of the last remaining slots in President Barack Obama's second-term Cabinet when the president taps him to replace Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. The news followed months of rumors that the mayor would win out over potential rivals including Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., and Debbie Hersman, chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board.
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Cyberbullying reaches beyond the playground
By Peter Martini
Bullying was once considered an essential part of growing up, especially during middle or junior high school, building character in the participants because it was believed the victim would put an end to it, usually in a physical altercation. Before the digital revolution of the past 15 years, being a bully or the victim generally had a lot to do with physical attributes and the physical proximity between the participants. The digital age has erased even that small barrier, making it possible for children to further invade each other's personal space to humiliate, demean and disenfranchise each other, in addition to creating a sense of fear in the victim.
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Industry Pulse: Does your school have a zero-tolerance policy for bullying?

Previous Industry Pulse: Does your company allow drivers to use cellphones?

Emissions rules put alternative-fuel vehicles in a bind
The New York Times
The Environmental Protection Agency's latest proposed tightening of limits on sulfur in gasoline, and its previous rules, will most likely have the perverse consequence of retarding the development of cars running on batteries, advanced biofuels or hydrogen — all promising but expensive technologies that have not become mass-market products. At the least, domestically produced gasoline and rapid advances in technology to make the internal combustion engine more efficient are likely to help the conventional automobile survive against competition from vehicles powered by electricity, natural gas and other cleaner alternatives.
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    Bus drivers did 'the right thing' after bombings (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)
Teen's last text released to demonstrate distracted driving dangers (Gotta Be Mobile)
Register now for the 2013 NAPT Summit (NAPT)
School transportation conference in Dubai (Khaleej Times)
Bus mileage restriction costly for Tennessee schools (The Tullahoma News)

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Twelve To Zero

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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Board of Education approves $13.1 million contract for propane buses
The Register Citizen
A three-year, $13.1 million transportation contract extension and propane bus program was recently approved by a 9 to 1 vote at the Torrington Board of Education meeting in Connecticut. All-Star Transportation will handle the district's busing through the end of the 2017-2018 school year. The company is supplying the district with 51 new propane buses, and is projecting a $256,000 savings in the first year of the program.
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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.

Safety agency backs limits to car devices
The New York Times
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released guidelines aimed at lessening the risks of "distracted driving," recommending that automakers voluntarily limit the functions of electronic devices built into vehicles. The guidelines, which are not mandatory, focus on amenities including communication, entertainment and navigation devices that the makers include.
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Abu Dhabi on a drive to improve school bus safety
The National
School buses are to be fitted with GPS devices and CCTVs networks, provide attendants for pupils aged 11 and below, and adhere to an 80 kph (50 mph) speed limit, according to new regulations recently announced by the Department of Transport. Bus operators have until the beginning of September to modify half of their fleet, with the other 50 percent to be completed by September next year.

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Teen's last text released to demonstrate distracted driving dangers
Gotta Be Mobile
The city of Greeley, Colo., along with the family of Alexander Heit released an image of the last words texted by Alexander on his iPhone before he was fatally killed in a motor vehicle accident. He was texting while driving, and didn't realize that he had drifted into the on-coming lane. Luckily nobody else was injured or killed in the accident, and Heit's family want to make sure that someone like this does not happen to anyone else.

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Bus drivers did 'the right thing' after bombings
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
A team of Shrewsbury, Mass., school bus drivers who are usually tasked with shuttling injured runners from medical checkpoints to a triage center at the Boston Marathon finish line found themselves in the midst of chaos this past Monday. The eight school bus drivers work for AA Transportation Co. Inc., which is contracted to provide the medical buses for the Boston Marathon.

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Boulder Valley changing bell schedules to reduce bus costs
Boulder Daily Camera
The Boulder Valley School District in Colorado is moving forward with a three-year transportation management plan to reduce costs, planning to move schools to a system of standardized start and end times in year three. The changes were prompted by a study by an outside consulting firm, Management Partnership Services Inc., which determined Boulder Valley spends more on transportation per student than many other districts.
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Intelligent transportation: Better performing infrastructure means greater safety, efficiency
U.S. Department of Transportation FastLane
At DOT's Research and Innovative Technology Administration, dedicated professionals are working hard to make sure our transportation systems get smarter and smarter. Why do they want to improve the intelligence of American transportation? To help us all travel safely. To help us all avoid congestion in our daily travels, saving time and fuel.
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Bullied teen's parent pushes bus stop safety
VideoBrief After seeing her daughter injured from a fight near the bus stop, one mom is pushing schools to do more to protect children even when they're off of school property and on their way home. A few feet from her Sherwood, Ark., bus stop, 15-year-old Breyana Gatewood pointed to where she was assaulted just a few minutes from home.
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Bill would grant Texas school bus drivers power to discipline students
The bus driver could soon be sending your student to the principal's office. State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, filed SB 1541, which deals with disciplining public high school students and maintaining a safe environment.
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New car gadgets have drivers drifting
Sun Sentinel
It seems to be happening more often: The car next to you slowly drifts into your lane. We've all noticed it; maybe we've even been guilty of it. A wave of new technology is turning our cars into rolling entertainment centers, tempting drivers to take their eyes off the road while they push buttons on their dashboard or tap onscreen displays. It is one more distraction, along with texting and cellphone calls.
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2013 National School Bus Safety Week:
"Stand Back From The Yellow and Black"
Oct. 22-26

National School Bus Safety Week Posters (illustrated above) are here again! Pre-orders have been shipped out, so if you have not received posters and would like to have some, please email me ( with your name, shipping address and the quantity desired. There is no charge for posters or shipping, they are provided compliments of NAPT, NSTA (National School Transportation Association) and NASDPTS (National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services).

Note: The Poster Contest and Safety Week are two different events in the same year. The 2012 Poster Contest theme becomes the 2013 National School Bus Safety Week theme and is an active and evolving public education program designed to promote school bus safety. ***If your students are drawing posters for the 2013 competition (from now until September 2013), they should be using the poster theme: "At my Stop — You Stop!"

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