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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!

Inspiring young athlete, Victoria Arlen, to present at the NAPT Summit

"Face it – Embrace it – Defy it – Conquer it!"

Victoria Arlen is not your average 19 year old. A rare virus sidelined Victoria when she was 11 years old and for five years she battled her way back. The experience left her partially paralyzed but 100 percent determined not to let the disability define her.

An avid swimmer before the virus struck, she ventured back into the pool in June 2010. A mere two years later, she had risen to the top of the Paralympic swimming world by winning one gold medal and three silvers, while also breaking a world record in the women's 200 freestyle in 2012. She took on the classroom with the same steely determination. Despite missing five years of schooling, she graduated on schedule with her triplet brothers in June 2013. She hopes to compete in the 2016 and 2018 Paralympic games in swimming and sled hockey, respectively.

Come to the NAPT Summit in October and meet this motivating member of the U. S. National Paralympic Swimming Team, aspiring actress, model and motivational speaker. She encourages everyone facing challenges to ...
"Face it – Embrace it – Defy it – Conquer it!"

Her presentation is brought to you by Q'Straint and NAPT.

Visit her website at

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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

2013 NAPT SUMMIT At A Glance
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
8:30 a.m.: Keynote
Headliner & Spin Offs
Lunch on own
1-5 p.m.: NAPT Trade Show
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
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
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
8 a.m.-noon: 3 PDS Courses

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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    California school district may halt busing (Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)
Ohio school bus drivers receive extra training (WJW-TV)
Distracted driving blamed for 7.3 million red light violations (Autoblog)
Minnesota school district unveils transportation study (Sun Current)
Study: Don't ignore sibling bullying (NBC News)

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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.
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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.

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.

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

MAPT (Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation): Course Web link

NCPTA (North Carolina Pupil Transportation Association): 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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I asked myself, had I done all I could?

Everyone agrees that children are precious. After a terrible accident we all met and asked ourselves if we could have done more? We had trained our drivers the same way for years. No one had ever questioned if it could have been improved. Did we teach safety best practices? Did we teach defensive driving? Now it was too late. Here is what you can do
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Senators throw support behind alternative fuels
Next-Gen Transportation News
Recently, U.S. Senators introduced two pieces of legislation that could help spur the deployment of more alternative fuel vehicles. At the headquarters of propane company AmeriGas, Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., unveiled the Clean Vehicle Corridors Act. The bill aims to designate U.S. Department of Transportation funding and establish new policies for the development of clean fueling stations on federal highways throughout the nation. According to Casey's office, other provisions include changing weight restrictions for heavy-duty alternative fuel trucks and creating parking spaces specifically for clean vehicles.
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Department of Education commits to studying the bullying of LGBT students
Think Progress
This week, the Department of Education announced plans to collect data on LGBT bullying and harassment, an important step in understanding the experiences of LGBT youth in schools. Starting in the upcoming 2013-2014 school year, the biennial Civil Rights Data Collection will require schools to report instances of harassment based on perceived sexual orientation and religion along with harassment based on race, sex and disability. Additionally, the National Center for Education Statistics is working to develop questions about sexual orientation, gender identity and school experiences for inclusion in two of their large studies, the High School Longitudinal Study and the National Crime Victimization Survey's School Crime Supplement.
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All DC students to ride Metro buses for free
The Washington Post
All D.C. students will be able to ride Metro buses for free starting in the fall, the D.C. Council decided this week as part of a broader plan to spend a windfall of $50 million in unexpected revenue. The council also made new investments in school technology, school-based mental health and adult literacy. In addition, more infants and toddlers will have access to early childhood education, and D.C. Public Schools will get money to upgrade its student information system.
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Intel Labs measures cognitive workload of distracted drivers, we go eyes-on with the demo
Many studies have shown that any kind of distracted driving is a bad thing, but Intel wanted to take a closer look at our driving behavior to determine if we could avoid it in the first place. Paul Crawford, a senior research scientist in Intel's Interaction and Experience Research Lab, sought to do just that in a comprehensive investigation that seeks to understand not just where drivers are looking, but how they're thinking. By doing this, Intel hopes to alert the driver of any mental warning signs before he or she even gets behind the wheel.
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Children learn about stranger danger, crossing street at Safety City in Iowa
Waukee Patch
There's no summertime slacking at Waukee's Safety City. Youngsters have addresses to memorize, school bus safety to learn, and rules of crossing the street safely to absorb.

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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

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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.

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School bus driver takes Inner City children on life-changing road trips
People Magazine
When a dedicated school bus driver decided to take children on a road trip outside their usual route, she quickly found out that the new view gave them new perspective — and that she could change their lives forever. Tanya Walters, a school bus driver from Los Angeles Unified School District for 22 years, saw a distinct difference in her students when she took them on their first road trip over spring break and they left their inner city Los Angeles neighborhood. She took them only 25 miles west, to a marina to learn about marine life, but she watched their eyes widen and their spirits lift.
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Vehicle-to-Vehicle technology demonstrates promise of improved road safety
U.S. Department of Transportation FastLane
It is one thing to read or hear about Connected Vehicle technology — an innovation where cars communicate with each other and provide information to help drivers make safe decisions. It's quite another to ride in a vehicle equipped with this promising technology and experience the benefits firsthand. However, that's exactly what has been happening in the city of Ann Arbor, Mich., for the past several months. As part of a real-world study, real people are driving nearly 3,000 vehicles equipped with this state-of-the-art safety technology.
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Austin Independent School District board OKs placing ads on some school buses
Community Impact News
Advertisements will begin appearing on the sides of some Austin ISD school buses in the fall as the result of a recent contract approval by the district's board of trustees. Board President Vincent Torres said the idea was suggested by community members more than a year ago when AISD was seeking funds to offset state budget cuts. He said Austin residents will likely begin seeing the ads in the fall following the board's May 20 approval of a three-year agreement with Steep Creek Media LLC.
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Japan looks to address bullying, suicides at schools
The Wall Street Journal
A growing number of suicides by students in Japan and inadequate attempts by schools to address the issue have prompted the drafting of new legislation to help teachers spot and prevent bullying in schools. The education ministry is also considering setting up permanent investigation teams throughout the nation to look into suicide cases involving school children. A common theme in the legislation and ministry committee debates is the need for more independent experts apart from the school to be involved in identifying the causes of bullying and suicides and measures needed to prevent them.
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Bus drivers get ideas at safety competition in Oregon
Albany Democrat-Herald
Three bus drivers from the Albany school district brought home more than national recognition from a contest in Texas earlier this year. Virginia Smythe, Bonnie Brown and Janet Turner also returned with new information and skills they hope will benefit not only Albany students, but drivers and students in districts all over Oregon.
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Be aware: Distracted driving especially deadly for younger motorists
Fort Hood Sentinel
Motor vehicle accidents involving a distracted driver kill thousands of people each year on America's roadways. Anytime drivers do anything that diverts their attention from the road, the opportunity for an accident increases exponentially. For some accident victims, they were merely in the wrong place at the wrong time and a distracted driver slammed into their vehicle. No matter the circumstances, organizations across the nation agree that distracted driving is an epidemic on U.S. highways.
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Propane buses cost effective for schools in South Carolina
Lansing State Journal
Just over a year after school officials decided to purchase five buses that run on propane gas, they say the move has been cost-effective. Charlotte Public Schools purchased the vehicles in the fall of 2011, with financial help from a federal grant through the Environmental Protection Agency. The district contracts with Grand Rapids-based company Crystal Flash for the propane fuel. The buses are just a small portion of the school district's 23-bus fleet but according to Mark Rosekrans, associate superintendent for district operations, the decision has clear benefits and it starts with cost savings.
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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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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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