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Pupil Transportation Directors:
Start of Classes Signals Return of Limited Cell Phone Use in School Zones
from Dallas Morning News
Dallas officials and students are reminding drivers to restrict their cell phone use in school zones or face a hefty fine when classes begin Aug. 24. More
Cell Phone Laws Might Face Static
from The Washington Post
Distracted driving is becoming a cause celebre, with more states banning texting and some legislators pondering whether to bar cell phone use by drivers outright. More
Some N.C. Schools Rehire Most Who Had Been Let Go
from The News and Observer
The Wake County school system in North Carolina has rehired many of the nearly 1,500 employees who were let go this summer but school leaders said they're still coping with significant state funding cuts. More
Advocates Train to Help Families with Special-needs Children
A project started by a Vanderbilt University student in Nashville, Tenn., is training volunteers to advocate for children with special needs when problems with the children's education get to be more than their parents can handle. More
Disaster Plans Leave Disabled Behind
from The Washington Times
Four years after Hurricane Katrina exposed major deficiencies in the capacity of governments to evacuate and care for the disabled during a natural disaster, America's most vulnerable citizens are barely considered in most emergency plans. More
Where School's Open, Kids are No-shows
The three Cincinnati schools that opened Aug. 4 - two weeks early - as part of a major effort to turn around years of failure encountered a basic problem in their first week - in order for the experiment to work, students have to show up. More
Virginia Schools Air CDC's Strategy for Swine Flu's Return
from The Washington Post
The expected resurgence of swine flu this fall could lead some public schools to become mass inoculation clinics. Infected students could be forced to wear surgical masks and put in isolation rooms before being sent home. More
Bus Watch by REI
Safety on the street is important, but did you know that the Bus Watch program starts on the inside of your buses? More Info.
Intelligent Transport: How Cities Can Improve Mobility
Cities around the world face common transport challenges – from increasing congestion, safety concerns and aging infrastructure to a lack of funding and increasing environmental impacts. More
Innovative Wheelchair Could Aid Disabled
from Sunderland Echo
The Smartchair, a concept wheelchair that can transform into a lifting platform or a stretcher without becoming unstable, may be closer to coming onto the market. More
Bluth and Eisman Create Grant to Pay for Student Field Trip
The National Association for Pupil Transportation is pleased to announce that its President-elect, Dr. Linda Bluth, and her partner Betsy Eisman have endowed an annual grant that will enable NAPT members to help bring learning to life for students in their community and enhance classroom studies in their school system. More
Scholarship for Driver Trainers Created
The National Association for Pupil Transportation is pleased to announce that Peter Lawrence, director of transportation for the Fairport, N.Y. Public Schools, and his wife Linda, have created a scholarship that will help three school bus driver trainers attend an industry training event this year. More
Zonar Doubles New Driver Training Scholarships and Field Trip Grant
The National Association for Pupil Transportation is pleased to announce that Zonar Systems has volunteered to double the recently announced Peter and Linda Lawrence Training Scholarship and the Bluth-Eisman Field Trip Grant. More
NCST Activities on Track for 2010
The appointment of state delegation chairpersons to the 15-NCST is underway, according to Pete Baxter, general conference chair. Letters were mailed last month to each chief state school officer asking them to select a chairperson for their state. More
NAPT ANNUAL SUMMIT UPDATES
VISIT OUR WEB SITE FOR CONFERENCE PROGRAM, REGISTRATION AND HOUSING INFORMATION at www.napt.org.
- Seats are still available for both the Professional Development Series and the Leading Every Day Program. But don't delay-both were sellouts last year!!!
- We are completely sold out of our block of rooms for Wednesday (10/28) thru Saturday (10/31) at the Marriott Downtown. However, we still have rooms available nearby at the Fairfield Inn and Springhill Suites for those dates.
- We still have rooms available for Sunday (11/1) thru Thursday (11/5) at the Marriott Downtown but not many. They won't last long. Make your hotel reservations today!
|| Product Showcase: UltraLED|
The all-new UltraLED warning lamp from Heavy Duty Bus Parts, Inc. helps to insure student passenger safety through greater visibility of the school bus. Dual flash patterns provide a choice of “steady state” or “rapid flash” to provide the same attention getting strobe like effect found on most emergency vehicles today at the affordable cost of under $50. UltraLED from Heavy Duty Bus Parts, Inc. More info
|| Product Showcase: Trapeze FleetRunner Suite |
Delivering comprehensive vehicle information, robust field trip management and detailed employee management, the FleetRunner suite of solutions from Trapeze Group has been helping school transportation organizations across North America deliver better and more efficient services. Learn more about the Trapeze FleetRunner suite and its easy to use tools for Fleet Management, Field Trip Management and Employee Management here.
|| Product Showcase: ZONAR'S ZING|
ZONAR'S ZING is a powerful and intuitive dispatch, route management, navigation and two-way text messaging application that gives fleet managers unprecedented, real-time visibility and control. Two-way text messaging provides a powerful and easy-to-use communication link between drivers and dispatchers. ZING's user-friendly interface leverages the familiar look and feel of Zonar’s suite of award-winning productivity solutions. More info