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NAPT and Education Department offer free bully prevention/intervention training: Both modules now available
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We asked for your help and you came through. Now it's our turn.

A few weeks ago, we asked you to complete a survey assessing the impact of bullying in your district. You answered questions pertaining to district policies, training and the level of bullying that you experience on and around your buses. Thank you for your enthusiastic response and relevant feedback on this very important issue!

We asked, we listened, we analyzed, we acted. As a result, two training modules were jointly created by NAPT, the Education Department's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools and the Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center; the training is available free of charge to school districts across the country.

The first module, titled "See Something. Do Something: Intervening in Bullying Behavior," will teach drivers what does and does not constitute bullying, how to respond to the behavior on or around the bus, and specific strategies for addressing and reporting bullying as it occurs.

The second module, "Creating a Supportive Bus Climate: Preventing Bullying, focuses on building mutual respect on the school bus. The training will encourage drivers to consider what a supportive bus climate looks like and how it prevents bullying; and learn and commit to perform simple, concrete strategies to build positive relationships on the school bus.

Both modules include a step-by-step trainer's guide, a PowerPoint presentation (in PDF format), handouts for driver activities, palm cards for drivers and posters that can be displayed in the transportation department or throughout the school system to reinforce the messages.

To download your free copy of the bullying prevention/intervention training modules that are available, visit our website at or go to

"We have no tolerance for bullying and stopping it is one of our national public policy priorities," said NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin. "We are very pleased the United States Education Department agrees with us and was willing to work with us on this project."

NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training Program offered this summer
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In response to requests and feedback from NAPT members around the country, we are delighted to announce the new NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training Program will be available throughout the year at various events nationwide.

The NAPT SNT Program offers educational opportunities at both local and national conferences for transportation personnel serving students with disabilities. The curriculum spans a variety of issues including, but not limited to: An exploration of the legal basis for special needs transportation, including differences between laws and policies, and discussion of IEP's and their applicability. Activities include: observation or participation in a special needs roadeo and attendance at a trade show, featuring special needs products and services. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Child Passenger Safety Training is a component of the program along with a class on managing the behaviors of special needs students. The program concludes with an in-depth study on a topic of your choosing, and requires a written summary of your findings.

To be among the vanguard of student transportation professionals who want to hone their skills in this specialized area, please phone us at NAPT Headquarters 800-989-6278, and we will insure you receive all the necessary information to complete the program, including course locations and forms. Some course instruction may require pre-approval at non-NAPT sponsored events. For information on NAPT SNT course offerings, locations and downloadable forms, please visit our website at

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New online PDS courses now available:

901 — School Transportation Security Assessment
This course will teach you how to use a security assessment that has been specially created for school transportation service providers to evaluate all critical areas of your operation – including your transportation facility, buses, operational procedures, staff and communication systems, as well as your school/community planning and cooperation.

More courses are on the way!

Already available in our ONLINE Shopping Cart:
PDS 101 — Student Transportation Orientation 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 301 — Basic School Transportation Accounting
PDS 303 — Procurement and Budget Management
PDS 402 — Managing Human Resources
PDS 405 — Student Needs & Management
PDS 501 — Overseeing a Fleet Maintenance Program
PDS 502 — Advanced Shop Maintenance
PDS 601 — School Bus Routing & Scheduling I
PDS 602 — School Bus Routing & Scheduling II
PDS 606 — Risk Management and Emergency Planning
PDS 702 — Personal Skills for Managers
PDS 703 — Personal Skills – Time Management

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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Yellow left-turn signals get their chance to shine
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Tired of waiting to make a left turn at a busy intersection? A growing number of states have decided there's a better way to make those turns that keeps traffic moving, increases safety and reduces gasoline consumption. More

McDonnell approves 7 laws to protect students
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Gov. Bob McDonnell approved seven new laws designed to protect Virginia’s students, including laws pertaining to safety on school buses, drugs and obscene language. The new laws, which were approved during the General Assembly's 2011 session, will go into effect July 1. Several of the new laws aimed to protect children riding on school buses at public and private schools. More

EPA looking to tighten SCR certification
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Given advances in the engineering of selective catalytic reduction emission-control technology used on heavy-duty diesel engines, the Environmental Protection Agency has issued a "draft guidance" detailing how it may tighten the requirements that must be met to certify these engines to Federal emissions standards. More

High taxes, summer fuel rules a potent formula for elevated gasoline prices
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Chicago-area gas prices have been running about 50 cents per gallon more than the national average. Fifty cents doesn't sound like much until you consider a two-car family might buy 1,400 gallons of gas a year, which siphons some $700 more from their pockets than other Americans. High gas prices can also hamper economic growth in a region if consumers, whose spending makes up two-thirds of economic activity nationally, decide to snap shut their purses because of all the dollars they feed into their vehicle's gas tank. More

North Texas school districts cutting bus service
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State lawmakers in Austin remain deadlocked on education funding, but school districts are running out of time, and must make decisions on spending — chopping budgets just to be safe. The latest casualty in some districts is school bus service. More

Living large driving less
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Our towns and cities cater to vehicles, not to people. Schools provide one of the best examples. In the early 1970s, slightly more than half of all American children walked or biked to school; today, only 15 percent do. More

Behind the deadly bus crash crackdown
Transportation Nation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Long-distance buses have been crashing and killing passengers with an unwholesome regularity since the beginning of the year: 25 dead and many more injured in six major accidents. And now the U.S. Department of Transportation is showing signs of moving into active crackdown mode. More

New York State Senate passes 'School Bus Mandate Relief Act'
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The New York State Senate recently passed the "School Bus Mandate Relief Act" to provide schools with budget savings by allowing boards of education to reduce the number of seats provided for student transportation if the seats aren't being used by students. The measure, sponsored by Sen. Jack Martins, R-Mineola, is expected to save school districts millions of dollars. More

Mater takes on distracted driving
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"Sometimes we all need a distraction...but never while driving," a voice says, as talking vehicles cover the screen. A new spot, from the U.S. Department of Transportation, is part Cars 2 trailer, part PSA spot, and it aims to capture fans' attention while sending them an important message about driving distracted: That it puts you, your passengers, pedestrians and others at risk. More

Roadcheck 2011 sends important safety message to commercial trucks, buses, their drivers
Department of Transportation Fastlane    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Recently, truck and bus safety inspectors across America were on the job night and day for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's annual Roadcheck. During the three days of Roadcheck, inspectors check vehicles and their drivers at sites along major highways in North America. Other safety teams stay in motion, performing inspections on less traveled roadways. More

Obama: 'NextGen' air traffic control system a 'smart investment'
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During President Barack Obama's recent meeting of his Jobs and Competitiveness Council in swing state North Carolina, Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly suggested building a new air traffic control system could stimulate economic growth. Kelly, who is a member of Obama's jobs council, told the president that the new system known as "NextGen" could save the airlines 15 percent, which could they could be using for other activities that would stimulate jobs. More

School buses pass, fail inspection
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Even though school's out for summer, the Tippecanoe School Corporation's bus fleet still has to pass the test that keeps them on the road. "Check everything from the lights to the brake, steering, exhaust, interior, emergency exits," explained Indiana State Trooper Joel Flores. "I inspect the buses as if I had a child of my own riding on the bus." More

Poor public transit called threat to older Americans
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Communities that now rely almost solely on automobiles will face problems as today's baby boomers turn into tomorrow's seniors and have limited public transit options. A new study says more than 15.5 million seniors, ages 65 to 79, will have poor or nonexistent access to public transportation by 2015. 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 non-member 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 e-mail 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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