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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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Safer schools with the push of a button? (CBS News)
Tires: Your safety and your life are riding on them (U.S. Department of Transportation FastLane)
Schools plan to track children on buses in Iowa (Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier)

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Climate Control for School & Commercial Buses

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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 Special Needs Transportation graduates
Congratulations to the following who have recently graduated from the SNT program:

Randi L. Williams (#63), with Student Transportation of America, Visalia, CA
Adam M. Schwartz (#64), with Lee's Summit R-7 School District, Lee's Summit, MO

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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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 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 for more information.

Zonar Scholarships
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 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 for more information or consult your Zonar Account Manager at

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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
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Join NHTSA on July 31 for a day of social media conversation
July 31 Is National Heatstroke Prevention Day. Your quick action can save a young life. A child dies from heatstroke about once every 10 days from being left alone in a hot vehicle. In fact, heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash vehicle fatality for children 14 and younger. NHTSA is asking you to help raise awareness about the dangers of children and cars through a concerted daylong social media conversation.
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NTSB calls for wireless technology to let all vehicles 'talk' to each other
NBC News
Federal safety authorities recently called for all U.S. cars, trucks and buses to come equipped with technology that would allow them to "talk" to one another to help avoid accidents. The proposal was one of three the National Transportation Safety Board made in its investigation of two school bus accidents last year.
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Schools implement anti-bullying lesson plans
The United Independent School District recently presented new anti-bullying curriculum to their school administrators. New lessons and activities are being added for all students from Pre-k through 12th grade. The bully free program is being adopted by school districts around the world and includes administrative and teacher strategies, lesson plans and bystander empowerment.
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Tomorrow's fuel? Natural gas gives gasoline, diesel a run for the money
The Globe and Mail
Garbage trucks, school buses, and tractor-trailers experiment with liquefied natural gas as a motor-vehicle fuel.

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Louisiana bus drivers demand change
Bus drivers for the Calcasieu Parish School System say they have had enough. At a recent school board meeting, some bus drivers expressed their concern with the lack of substitute bus drivers.

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School bus crash in New York prompts new driver training
Wawasee Community Schools' superintendent says before school starts, there will be two training sessions for bus drivers. 80 students were hurt in May when four of the district's buses were involved in a chain-reaction accident.

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Dubai's STS chief says no more 'coffin on wheels' from September
Emirates 24/7
In 2012, 11 percent of all fatalities on the road involved a minibus and 15 died in accidents involving mini-buses. Soon after these shocking stats were released by the Dubai Police, the Road Transport Authority stepped in to highlight the need to take these "coffin-on-wheels" off the roads.
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School bus campaign could SAVE lives
The Stop Arm Violation Education and Enforcement Campaign, or SAVE, made its way to Myrtle Beach, S.C. Lawmakers want to make changes to the bus stop sign arm law. It's already illegal to run a stopped bus' stop sign, but police have to see the crime take place in order to prosecute any offenders.
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LaHood says companies must wake up to distracted driving
The New York Times
When Ray LaHood was transportation secretary, he wasn't one to mince words about the risks of driving with a cellphone. But in a recent interview, just a few weeks after leaving the cabinet, he put a particularly fine point on his concerns, saying that car companies and technology companies must wake up to the deadly dangers their products can pose.
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Arkansas school district adds $500,000 in security equipment to buses
In response to a school safety study conducted for the Pulaski County Special School District, school district leaders have purchased cameras and GPS locating devices for each of the district's 275 school buses. The half million dollar investment goes toward installing three cameras in the front and back of the buses as well as a GPS radio, providing the speed and location of the buses at all times.
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Fighting cyberbullying: It's personal, not physical
CBS Detroit
It's not physical. It's personal. That's the message in a new public service campaign created by high school students to fight cyber bullying. Project Anti-Bullying Founder Fabianna Pergolizzi tells WWJ that cyberbullying can lead to tragic consequences, and is difficult to fight.
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Schools bus drivers prep for the road and students
Highlands Today
David Woodside drove a tractor-trailer hauling cars for 12 years, but despite that experience he needed driver training for his next role behind the wheel as a school bus driver.
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Ed-Tech chief posits 5 innovation questions for schools
Education Week
School leaders who are trying to use technology to promote innovation in the classroom should consider five critical questions, according to Richard Culatta, director of the Office of Educational Technology for the U.S. Department of Education. Culatta recently spoke at Summer Connection 2013, the Mooresville school district's three-day intensive training on digital conversion that attracted 400 school officials from across the country.
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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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