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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 www.napt.org/summit 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!
NTSB Vice Chairman Christopher A. Hart to speak at joint NASDPTS/NAPT session
We’re pleased to announce National Transportation Safety Board Vice Chairman Christopher A. Hart will speak on Sunday morning, Oct. 20, at a joint NASDPTS/NAPT session at the 2013 NAPT Summit. Chairman Hart, a veteran transportation expert, will discuss recent accident investigation results.
Christopher A. Hart was sworn in as a member of the NTSB on Aug. 12, 2009, and designated by the president for a two-year term as vice chairman of the board on Aug. 18. Vice Chairman Hart joined the Board after a long career in transportation safety, including a previous term as a member of the NTSB.
Immediately before returning to the board, he was Deputy Director for Air Traffic Safety Oversight at the Federal Aviation Administration. He was previously the FAA Assistant Administrator for the Office of System Safety. Hart served as a member of the NTSB from 1990 to 1993. After leaving the board, he served as Deputy Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, before moving to the FAA in 1995. From 1973 until joining the board in 1990, Hart held a series of legal positions, mostly in the private sector. He holds a law degree from Harvard University and master's and bachelor's degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association.
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This year's Summit is packed!
Our SUMMIT agenda is packed with professional development, workshops, banquets, special events, a 2-day trade show and captivating keynotes speakers. NFL Referee, John Parry will be on hand to discuss lessons learned in the NFL and beyond; film maker Daniel Blake Smith will present the Impact movie – a story about the Carrollton, Ky., crash and the inspirational stories of survivors; meet Victoria Arlen, a teenage sensation who won gold and silver medals in the 2012 U.S. Paralympics., who asserts that "people with disabilities are not much different from those who don't. It's just that our obstacles are obvious! Obstacles are obstacles - whether it's a wheelchair or any other circumstance that stands between you and your dream." Her presentation is made possible by Sure-Lok/Q'Straint. In addition, we'll have an update on the Dubai project and officials from the NTSB will review the results and implications of recent crash investigations.
Headliners & Spin Offs
Fifteen PDS courses and five SNT courses will be available at the NAPT Summit this year and we'll be offering workshops on each of these topics every day:
Safety & Security
Special Needs Transportation
Fleet Operations & Maintenance
Each day, we will have at least one general session (called a headliner) featuring experts who'll discuss these topics for 15 minutes. Immediately following each general session, you'll be able to choose which of the sub topics (Spin-Offs) you'd like to attend to drill down into greater detail. For example, one of the Safety and Security topics will be an analysis of the recent Safety & Security survey that was undertaken at NAPT headquarters. A review of the survey will be offered in the general session and if you're interested in hearing more about this topic, you can adjourn to the spin off. Spin-offs are about 30 minutes in duration. You'll want to hear an overview of each of the sub topics before you choose.
If you haven't registered yet, please do so soon. Note: Saturday and Thursday are pre and post-con days we are offering a total of 10 PDS courses on these days. Please make travel plans with this in mind.
Can't wait to see you in GR (Grand Rapids), October 19-24, 2013!
2013 NAPT SUMMIT At A Glance
|SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19 – PRE-CON
8 a.m.-5 p.m.: PDS 502 & PDS 609
8 a.m.-5 p.m.: NHTSA Child Seat Class
8 a.m.-5 p.m.: LED Initiative
8 a.m.-noon: 2 PDS Courses
Lunch on own
1-5 p.m.: 2 PDS Courses
2-4 p.m.: Pre-Con Roundtable
|TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22
8:30 a.m.: Keynote
Headliner & Spin Offs
Lunch on own
1-5 p.m.: NAPT Trade Show
|SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20
8-11 a.m.: Certification Exams
8-11 a.m.: Join NASDPTS/NAPT Session
8 a.m.: Opening & AM Keynotes
Lunch on own
1-5 p.m.: 2 PDS Courses
Headliners & Spin Offs
2-5 p.m.: Certification Exams
7 p.m.: NAPT Awards Banquet
|WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23
8 a.m.-noon: NAPT Trade Show
Lunch on own
1-5 p.m.: 2 PDS Courses
Headliners & Spin Offs
3:30 p.m.: Closing Ceremony
7 p.m.: Evening Event - IC Bus
|MONDAY, OCTOBER 21
7:30 a.m.: Business Session
8:30 a.m.: Special Event TBA
Headliner & Spin Offs
Lunch on own
1-5 p.m.: 2 PDS Courses
Headliner & Spin Offs
7 p.m.: Evening Event - Thomas Built
|THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24 ─ POST-CON
8 a.m.-noon: 3 PDS Courses
PDS and SNT 2013 Summit Courses
PDS (Professional Development Series) Courses
203 – Communication Skills for Transportation Professionals
302 – Budget Development
304 – Data-Driven Decisions
402 – Managing Human Resources: Employee Relations
501 – Overseeing a Fleet Maintenance Program
502 – Advanced Shop Maintenance (8-hours, on Saturday)
505 ─ School Facility Planning
602 – School Bus Routing & Scheduling II
608 – Developing A Safety Program
609 – Accident Investigation
702 – Personal Skills for Managers
703 – Personal Skills: Time Management
704 – Strategic Planning
901 – School Transportation Security Assessment
902 – Crisis Communication
SNT Courses (Special Need Transportation Training)
SNT 101 – Special Needs Transportation Training
SNT 102 – (NHTSA Class, 8-hours, on Saturday)
SNT 104 – Trade Show Report
SNT 105 – Special Needs Student Behavior
SNT 106 – NAPT Special Needs Capstone
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NAPT Special Needs Transportation graduates
Congratulations to the following who have recently graduated from the SNT program:
Melissa D. Davis (#61) with DeKalb County Schools, Stone Mountain, GA
Rex Squires, CDPT(#62) with Blaine County School District, Hailey, ID
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.
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 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: Bully Free Systems, LLC, Firetrace International, Mobile Witness and School Bus Fleet. 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.
Bully Free Systems, LLC (www.bullyfree.com) develops materials, workshops, presentations and Web resources for parents, teachers, students and other education professionals to help prevent bullying.
Firetrace International (www.firetrace.com) manufactures automatic fire suppression systems for a variety of commercial and industrial applications. An ISO 9001/AS 9100 registered company, their systems are compatible with most commercially available fire-suppressing clean agents, foams and dry chemicals.
Mobile Witness (www.mobilewitness.com) engineers and distributes advanced mobile digital video recording and surveillance equipment for OEMs, dealers and distributors in North and South America.
School Bus Fleet (www.schoolbusfleet.com) SchoolBusFleet.com is an information service of School Bus Fleet magazine, a trade publication serving more than 24,000 school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada.
NAPT award deadlines
NAPT Distinguished Service Award
The NAPT Distinguished Service Award was established to recognize an individual who has performed exemplary service on behalf of NAPT at state and/or national levels. Candidates must be a current NAPT member; must have five years' experience in pupil transportation or a related field; must have been an NAPT for a minimum of three years; and must be actively engaged in the daily operation of pupil transportation in one of the following capacities: administration, managerial, or supervisory. The application deadline is Sept. 1.
NAPT Hall of Fame
Induction into the NAPT Hall of Fame represents the highest honor that NAPT can bestow on an individual. Honorees must meet the highest standards of personal and professional integrity including distinguished service to both the industry and the organization. Nominees must have made a significant contribution by providing valuable information and support to NAPT on or about school bus issues, improved public relations on behalf of the industry, participated in important state and national activities and diligently served the cause of pupil transportation. The application deadline is Aug. 15.
For applications and information, please visit the website: www.napt.org.
NAPT announces 2013 Scholarship and Grant opportunities
Peter & Linda Lawrence Scholarships
Peter and Linda Lawrence have endowed four scholarships to defray the cost of conference registration to NAPT members attending the Annual Summit on Oct. 19-24 in Grand Rapids, Mich. The application deadline for the NAPT Conference scholarship is Sept. 13. Log on to www.napt.org for more information.
Zonar Ten – We are pleased to announce Zonar Systems is graciously endowing 10 scholarships for attendance to the 2013 NAPT Annual Summit in Grand Rapids, Mich. Applicants do not have to be NAPT members - Zonar will include the cost of NAPT membership. The application deadline is Sept. 13. Log on to www.napt.org for more information.
Zonar $50,000 Equipment Grant
NAPT and Zonar are jointly sponsoring a $50,000 grant competition, for state of the art, fleet management technology that will enhance a school district's safety security and efficiency. NAPT will accept and evaluate applications from NAPT members for a single award or multiple awards of $50,000 worth of equipment/hardware provided by Zonar Systems, Inc. The filing deadline is Sept. 13 to NAPT. Log on to www.napt.org for more information or consult your Zonar Account Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2013 NAPT Awards Program application deadline is Sept. 16
The National Association for Pupil Transportation, together with support from our sponsors, is proud to offer an annual awards program to individuals and operators responsible for the safe transport of school children. Please consider nominating one of your dedicated staff, as we are accepting applications for the following awards:
Driver Trainer Award sponsored by IC Bus Established to recognize school districts with exemplary driver training programs. Deadline: Sept. 16
Special Needs Transportation Award sponsored by Sure-Lok Created to recognize superior special needs transportation service. Deadline: Sept. 16
Heroism Award sponsored by Blue Bird Established to recognize heroism or acts of courage relating to school transportation. Deadline: Sept. 16
Continuing Education Award sponsored by Thomas Built Buses Founded to encourage professional growth in the student transportation industry. Deadline: Sept. 16
Please log on to our website for applications and additional information: www.napt.org.
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.
VAPT (Virginia Association for Pupil Transportation): Course Web link
OPTA (Oregon Pupil Transportation Association): Course Web Link
ASTSBC (Association of School Transportation Services of British Columbia): Course Web link
MAPT (Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation): Course Web link
PSBA (Pennsylvania School Bus Association): Course Web link
NCPTA (North Carolina Pupil Transportation Association): Course Web link
ILAPT (Illinois Association for Pupil Transportation): 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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California school district may halt busing
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
At a recent meeting, the Ontario-Montclair school board had to choose between buses and computers At issue is almost $900,000 the district plans to divert from its budget to busing a relative handful of students. Legally, public school districts are only required to bus special-education students, and districts typically do not receive enough transportation funds from the state to cover other busing needs. "Busing has been a big issue for districts throughout the state," said school board member Sam Crowe.
Study: Don't ignore sibling bullying
The anti-bullying movement has exploded in the last decade and a half – every state but Montana has now passed some sort of anti-bullying legislation, the first being Georgia’s in 1999. Bullying as it's typically understood takes place between unrelated peers – it's children being cruel at school, taunting each other or beating each other up. But a new study recently published in the journal Pediatrics is a reminder that bullying also happens at home, between brothers and sisters. And, as with peer bullying, sibling bullying is also harmful to a child or teenager's mental health, the new research finds.
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Pennsylvania school district bus drivers to use 2-way radios
South Hills Record via TribLive
Two-way radios might seem like a regression in technology to some people. But for the Baldwin-Whitehall School District in Pittsburgh, it's the better option, school officials say. The school board recently passed a 6-2 vote for a $63,432 purchase of push-to-talk radios for the school buses. Drivers now use cellphones provided by Sprint at an annual cost of about $30,480. The phones have dropped calls in certain areas, which led to worries about student safety. "With the cell technology, it hasn't been successful, whether it is user misuse or the topography," said Superintendant Randal Lutz. "We aren't getting the coverage that we need."
Distracted driving blamed for 7.3 million red light violations
A new study commissioned by the National Coalition for Safer Roads and FocusDriven has found that roughly 12 percent of red light violations are caused by distracted driving. The research looked at 118 intersections in 19 communities over a three-month time span. After reviewing stoplight camera images from those intersections, researchers found that approximately 12 percent could be attributed to distracted driving. Extrapolating that evidence to the U.S. at large, the two safety organizations claim distracted driving could be responsible for as many as 7.3 million red light infractions per year.
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Ohio school bus drivers receive extra training
School may be out for summer, but state bus drivers are in a classroom of their own. More than 250 drivers from across the state gathered at Solon High School for the Ohio Pre-Service Bus Driver Training Program, giving them training that goes beyond state requirements.
Oct. 20 opening session: 'Impact: After the Crash'
Daniel Blake Smith is a writer and filmmaker who loves to tell true, compelling American stories. He will join us in Grand Rapids, Mich., at the NAPT Summit with a full screening of the May 14, 1988 Carrollton, Ky., crash that took 27 lives. The film, entitled Impact: After the Crash reenacts the catastrophic incident but also shares the inspirational stories of survivors during this 25th anniversary year.
Schools test bus drivers' physical skills
The Columbus Dispatch
"Jennifer" needs help. Depending on the day, the schoolgirl has fallen, suffered an asthma attack or bumped her head on the bus. All driver Gary Geschke recently knew was he needed to get her off his bus. Geschke was undergoing an ability test as part of his annual physical as a driver for Westerville, Ohio, schools. It's his job, regardless of the emergency, to get students safely off his bus.
Minnesota school district unveils transportation study
After looking at other options and evaluating what is currently in place, the Eden Prairie Schools will continue to use its own bus services. That finding was presented during a recent school board meeting when district administers shared results from a study that researched options for providing student bus transportation. The study compared the benefits of the current system to those of contracting with an outside provider, and its primary purpose was to determine the most efficient and cost-effective option for providing student transportation. The district currently owns and operates its own transportation department.
Computer coding lessons expanding for K-12 students
Computer programmers and software engineers are urging that K-12 students be introduced to computer coding — designing and writing source code for computers — earlier in their educational careers, even as early as elementary school. According to the organization Code.org, which seeks to raise awareness about the need for students to learn computer coding, 1.4 million jobs in the computer field, including coding, engineering and data mining, will be available in the United States by 2020, but there will be only 400,000 college students majoring in computer science. Those jobs come with significantly higher wages than jobs associated with many other college degrees.
Connecticut school district unveils fleet of propane buses
The Register Citizen
Torrington Public Schools officials recently showed off a fleet of new propane buses. Torrington school officials changed the entire fleet to propane from diesel, the first district in the state to do so. "It's one step at a time," said state Rep. Jay Case, R-Winchester. The propane buses are part of a three-year, $13.1 million transportation contract extension which runs into the 2017-18 school year. All Star Transportation, the district's current transportation contractor, is supplying 51 new propane buses, and projects a $256,000 savings in the first year of the program. Fuel costs are paid for directly by the district, in addition to the $13.1 million contract.
New Indianapolis law expands school rules for bullying
The Statehouse File
Teachers will be required to report signs of bullying to school administrators who must report them to parents under a law that will take effect July 1. The law, which the General Assembly passed this spring, builds on existing anti-bullying efforts and includes new training requirements for school personnel. One goal is to put more emphasis on the technology that officials say has changed bullying.
Child safety, new buses part of $10 million bond proposal in Arizona
Chino Valley Review
To bond or not to bond, that is the question. The answer was a unanimous yes from a committee tasked earlier this spring to explore the possibility of placing a school bond on the November ballot. The committee, comprised of local parents, business owners and service organization leaders, presented its decision to the Chino Valley Unified School District governing board for recommendation on June 20. Safety, security and transportation were high on the list of needs the committee presented to the public.
Study: 'Distracted walking' causes more injuries than distracted driving
Because people absorbed in a conversation have trouble paying attention to anything else, we're beginning to realize that even hands-free devices don't make driving while talking on the phone much safer. But even though they have less to pay attention to, "inattention blindness" can strike pedestrians, too. In just one example, people who were using their cellphones while walking "were less likely to notice a clown on a unicycle" that passed by. One in three people don't put their phones down even to cross a busy street.
2013 National School Bus Safety Week:
"Stand Back From The Yellow and Black"
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 (email@example.com) 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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