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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!

New conference format
In order to bring you more content this year, we have introduced the concept of headliners and spin-offs. The headliner session (lasting a total of 60 minutes) will introduce the speakers and topics of the morning (or afternoon) from which you may choose. At the conclusion of the headliner, attendees will then adjourn to a different room with the speaker of their choice for a 30-minute (spin-off) workshop to dig deeper in that particular topic area. We have four major topic areas — special needs, fleet maintenance, safety & security, and key performance indicators. An expert will introduce — in 15 minutes — what s/he would like to explore in a spin-off. The second speaker previews his/her topic and so on. After hearing each of the 4 speakers, you may decide which session you'd most like to explore further in the spin-off session.
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The NAPT Resolutions Committee needs your help!
The NAPT Resolutions Committee is seeking your assistance and involvement in identifying issues on which NAPT could and should adopt association positions and policies. We are intent on taking steps to strengthen our already visible presence on key issues with formal, written statements that are adopted by the membership on an annual basis at our Annual Summit.
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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

You're Invited to the 2013 NAPT Summit!
This year's NAPT Summit in Grand Rapids, Mich., is sure to please! In addition to the topics listed below, these top notch speakers are sure to leave you with inspiring messages and instructive advice that can be applied effectively and immediately to your operations.

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Vice Chairman Christopher A. Hart has been invited to speak on Sunday morning, Oct. 20, at a joint NASDPTS/NAPT session at this years' NAPT Summit. He held a previous term at the NTSB and has served at the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. He is expected to discuss recent investigation results.

Emmy-nominated writer and historian Daniel Blake Smith will present a screening of the film, "Impact: After the Crash." This reenactment of the catastrophic May 14, 1988, Carrollton, Ky., incident shares inspirational stories of survivors during this 25th anniversary year. You won't want to miss this Sunday morning opening session, co-presented with NASDPTS.

A rare virus sidelined Victoria Arlen when she was 11 years old, leaving her partially paralyzed but 100 percent determined not to be defined by disability. Now a member of the U. S. Paralympic swimming team, she has earned a gold medal, three silvers and a world-record in the women's 200 freestyle. Her presentation is brought to you by Q'Straint and NAPT.

John Parry, a 13-year NFL referee, has officiated nine playoff games, including an NFC Championship and Super Bowls XLI and XLVI. After 18 years flying corporate jets, he also built a successful financial services business. Parry will share lessons learned across multiple fronts on Tuesday morning, Oct. 22.

2013 NAPT Summit topics to be covered
*Tentative — subject to change
  • Dubai Project Update
  • NTSB Report
  • KPI Project Update
  • Student Tracking
  • Safety in School Transport in the UAE
  • Operations Manual
  • Hot Topics in Special Needs Transportation
  • Transporting Head Start Students
  • Clean Transportation Initiative
  • KPIs for Small Districts
  • Special Needs Panel: Parent & Client Perspectives
  • Safety & Security Survey Summary
  • Illegal Passing
  • Transporting Critically Ill Students
  • Threat Assessment
  • Driver Recruitment & Retention
  • NHTSA Report
  • KPI Bootcamp
  • Travel Training
  • Distracted Driving
  • Mechanic/Garage Safety –OSHA
  • Student Behavior Management
  • Operation Lifesaver
  • Shared Services

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

    No more bus service, parents riled up about stopped bus rides in Texas (WOIA-TV)
Pulling out all the stops: Washington school bus drivers' training puts safety at top of list (The Spokesman-Review)
The NAPT Resolutions Committee needs your help! (NAPT)
Bus drivers get ideas at safety competition in Oregon (Albany Democrat-Herald)
(Lansing State Journal)

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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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CrossingGuard monitors and enforces traffic around a stopped school bus, helping school districts to safeguard children traveling to and from school. Unlike other systems CrossingGuard requires no driver intervention allowing bus drivers to focus their attention on what’s most important. For more information visit

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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:

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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:

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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.

NCPTA (North Carolina Pupil Transportation Association): Course Web link

MAPT (Maine 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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Good News For Your District

CSN Safe Bus provides free GPS, route guidance, advanced driver training courses, and a bus alert system to inform parents about their student’s arrival or delays. Learn more
Advertise here!

To find out how to feature your company in the NAPT News Brief and other advertising opportunities, Contact James DeBois at 469-420-2618.


Georgia officials urge bus stop safety
Henry Daily Herald
As the new school year approaches, officials are reminding motorists to adhere to traffic laws designed to protect school children. Cliff Shearouse is transportation director for Henry County Schools. He said he wants parents and the community at-large to know and follow bus stop safety laws. "You've got to stop and adhere to warnings from the bus," said Shearouse. "Never pass a stopped school bus for any reason. When you see a stopped school bus, there is a child near the school bus."
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More companies employing smart bus technology
By Archita Datta Majumdar
Smart bus technology is the latest addition to the concept of an intelligent transport system that promises even better travel experiences. An increasing number of private and public enterprises are adding special features to make their fleet of buses smart by packing them with advanced features. Intelligent transportation systems have paved the way for integrated travel solutions designed to streamline operations and bring about flexibility and maximum efficiency in transport services.
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Missouri school district reaches fuel purchase agreement
The Kearney Courier
Kearney school administrators are hoping a new fuel purchasing agreement will result in big savings when the district's fleet of buses begin to fuel up this August. With the one-year contract approved by the Board of Education in June, the Kearney R-1 School District will purchase fuel for all of its vehicles from Missouri-based MFA Oil Co. The move will be the first time the district has paid separately for transportation and fuel services. "In previous years, the bus company has purchased the fuel, but now very few school districts have them purchase the fuel," said Assistant Superintendent Jeff Morrison. "This is something different, obviously, but in surveying districts around us, and looking for less costs and tax savings, if there's an area where we can reduce our costs, that's what we're going to do."
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Safer schools with the push of a button?
CBS News
Carroll ISD in Southlake, Texas, will try to make school campuses safer this fall with just the push of a button. It is the latest effort to try to protect students, this one coming in the form of a small black box, no bigger than what you use to unlock your car.

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In the name of security
Wicked Local
It turns out surveillance cameras at stop signs, traffic lights and on school buses are the least of our worries. Soon after writing a column at the end of May titled, "Smile, you could be on camera," two separate news stories broke revealing a bigger concern regarding privacy issues.

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No more bus service, parents riled up about stopped bus rides in Texas
Instead of enjoying the summer, Rebecca Garza is hard at work thinking about the upcoming school year and the worries it will bring. Northside Independent School District is ending school bus service for many in her northwest side neighborhood.

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Young drivers spread the anti-bullying word at Pennsylvania jamboree
News Item
The roar of monster truck engines recently filled the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, bringing with it an important message. Drivers, both young and old, taking part in the 26th annual A&A Auto Stores 4-Wheel Jamboree Series, wanted to tell people to "Say no to bullying." Whether the message resonated with the young crowd over the noise of the exhaust will be seen with time. Chris Dixon, the 16-year-old driver of the pro-mini monster truck Lil' Bully, believes that what he's doing by beginning a dialogue can only help.
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Schools plan to track children on buses in Iowa
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
Students would be tracked from the time they get on the bus until they get off with a new monitoring system being developed for Waterloo Community Schools. The initiative is among 10 projects focused on enhanced safety, better service and increased efficiency that officials are undertaking to improve busing throughout the district. Other projects would help the district save $270,000 in transportation costs — a goal Superintendent Gary Norris believes can be easily exceeded even with the expected hiring of a transportation director.
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Tires: Your safety and your life are riding on them
U.S. Department of Transportation FastLane
With many families venturing out on the road for summer travel, it's the perfect time to learn more about one of the most important features for avoiding a crash — your tires. Click on the following image to read more of NHTSA's Safety 1N NUM3ERS fact sheet on tires.
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Pavement technology makes streets eat air pollution
Imagine a city that could devour the very pollution that it creates. Such was the scenario envisioned by scientists in the Netherlands, who have found that using specially treated pavement on city streets can cut air pollution nearly in half. The researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology installed concrete paving which included titanium dioxide ­— called photocatalytic pavement — on a block in the city of Hengelo, Netherlands. Titanium oxide has the ability to remove pollutants from the air and reduce them into less harmful components. Another part of the street was outfitted with normal paving blocks as a control.
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We want buddies, not bullies, at our schools
This is Hull and East Riding
Schools in the Beverley area of England have joined forces to keep children safe from bullies and the growing menace of cyber bullying. Fifteen primary and secondary schools are working together on the Beverley Keeping Pupils Safe campaign.
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Some Maryland school buses get makeovers this fall
Starting this fall, 20 Washington County Public School buses are getting a makeover. With help from the sheriff's office, the district hopes this new equipment will make a difference in public safety. They're called "Stop Arm Enforcement Cameras" and they take video and photos of cars if they pass stopped school buses. The violation can result in a $125 citation.
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Tech to detect when a driver is dozing off

While Google, universities and car companies work on perfecting self-driving vehicles, flawed and sometimes sleepy human drivers still fill our roads. But new technology could help detect when those drivers start to feel tired and possibly prevent dangerous accidents. A research project at the University of Leicester has combined eye-tracking and brain monitoring to calculate when a driver's alertness starts to wane.
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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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