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Wheelchair securement and lift training at the SUMMIT
Join NAPT Special Needs Experts at the NAPT SUMMIT for an "immersion" course in wheelchair and occupant securement. Summit attendees will have the unique opportunity to learn research based securement and occupant protection safety principles for use on various bus types.

Through hands-on practice, participants will also learn proper positioning, lift operation and strategies for emergencies. Attendees who complete the 2-hour class will receive a course completion certificate.

The SUMMIT class will be offered from 7-9 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the DeVos Convention Center at River Overlook A. Space is limited!

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School bus safety and security track will be offered at the Summit
Earlier this year, NAPT President Alexandra Robinson convened a group of industry leaders to discuss ways to improve safety and security in schools and on school buses. The NAPT Safety & Security Committee was formed with the overarching goal of developing resources for school bus drivers, school bus driver trainers, school transportation supervisors and/or directors and non-transportation personnel, such as law enforcement, emergency responders and education administrators. Since then the group has conducted a survey of NAPT members and subsequently enlisted the help of a variety of law enforcement professionals to collaboratively evaluate the feedback.

We are pleased to announce that we have assembled a diverse and talented team of people that will offer a total of eight different sessions on school bus safety and security at the NAPT SUMMIT in Grand Rapids, Mich. Below is a summary of each session:

NAPT Safety & Security Survey Results
Executive Director Mike Martin will review the methodology behind the survey, discuss the results and introduce some of the training sessions and workshops that will be offered this year.

Deploying A Comprehensive Crisis Management Plan
The reality of the world demands that school districts become more sophisticated in exercising command and control during crisis management. By establishing an incident response team with protocols, procedures and processes, school districts can ensure effective and efficient management during crises that can enhance the safety and security of students and staff. Workshop speaker, John Barry, Major General USAF (RET), is a former Superintendent of Aurora Public Schools where he served for seven years. Before coming back to Colorado, he was in the Air Force for over 30 years as a combat veteran, fighter pilot/USAF "Top Gun" graduate and Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense. He retired in 2004 as a "2 Star", Major General, and he served his last tour on active duty as Board Member and Executive Director for the Space Shuttle Columbia Accident Investigation.

Preventing Illegal Passing
Learn about three standout initiatives to manage this pernicious problem.

School Bus Security Training
Keith Runk heads up this general session training opportunity, tailor-made for the school bus industry. First Sergeant Runk, former Unit Commander of Special Tactical Assault Team Element & Tactical Medical Team of the Maryland State Police, was actively involved in identifying and arresting the perpetrators of "The Beltway Sniper" attacks, in October 2002, in which 10 people were killed. Runk will explain his work with NAPT to analyze a real-world "Active Shooter" scenario.

Case Study: The Importance of Collaboration and Cooperation to School Transportation Safety
Chris Gawronski will discuss a case study from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, UAE, where multiple government agencies have come together to address the issue of school transport safety in spite of differences in organizational priorities and sometimes complicated inter-agency relationships.

Security Training Update from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Bill Arrington, General Manager of the Highway and Motor Carrier Security Division of the United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will discuss and explain the latest training protocols, policies and procedures in transportation security from the federal perspective.

Safe School Bus Evacuation Protocols for Downed Power Wire Emergencies
Join Eddie Goins, of Sho-Me Power Electric Cooperative, to learn why you may need to re-evaluate your school bus evacuation protocols when the vehicle is in the vicinity of a downed power line. Goins presents electrical security programs to Science and Agricultural Education classes in Missouri schools to more than 10,000 students each year. Don't miss this potentially life-saving workshop!

The Use of Force
A verbally aggressive person is at your workstation and you fear for your physical safety. What should you or can you do if the situation becomes physical? Will the law protect you? What kind of liability is involved in using physical force to defend yourself, others or property? Jesus Villahermosa will provide the answers to these, and many more, questions as well as discuss the levels of force an employee may use against an aggressive or even hostile subject at your workplace, particularly when your workplace is a school bus.

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A successful team is a group of many hands but of one mind and heart.
NAPT would like to recognize all of our members who are moving on to their next phase and retiring from pupil transportation. If you are among this distinguished group, please let us know so we may give recognition for your service. (Please email

You have left your indelible mark. We will miss your professional expertise and your friendship, and wish you continued success and happiness in your future endeavors — may they be all that you hoped for!

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Boy asks Santa to make children stop bullying his sister
For many families, the school year just started, but for Karen Suffern, it's not too early to start planning for Christmas. The financially struggling single mother of fraternal twins recently asked her 8-year-olds to write down a list of things they would like from Santa. Her son, Ryan's, letter to Santa started off normally: "Dear Santa ... I wanted a (remote control) car and helicopter, but I don't want that anymor. Kid at school are still picking on Amber and its not fair," he wrote. "I prayed that they will stop but god is bisy and needs your help."
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FMCSA will address sleep apnea through rulemaking
Recently, two Representatives introduced a bill that would compel the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to write a regulation covering sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, rather than issue a guidance. On Sept. 18, FMCSA announced that it will, in fact, approach sleep apnea through a rulemaking, rather than a guidance.
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School traffic safety is everyone's responsibility
The Daily Journal
Summer vacations have ended. Students across the country are returning to the classroom and, with schools reopening, traffic patterns are changing. School buses are back on the road in force, parents are driving children to and from school and pedestrian traffic in school zones has increased. For all these reasons, the start of the new school year is an important time to remind ourselves and our children about the rules of the road.
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Rising US textbook costs provoke digital responses
Times Higher Education
Several U.S. projects launched this autumn are expanding the availability of free electronic textbooks using open educational resources as commercial publishers scramble to make more of their own titles available digitally. The activity comes in response to the mounting cost of textbooks — up 812 percent since 1978, far faster than even tuition fees.
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Illinois mother fighting to prevent accident at school bus stop
VideoBrief A Lebanon, Ill., mother is speaking out after seeing dozens of cars speed past her child's bus stop while they were being picked up. Karen Kirkwood has lived in her St. Clair County neighborhood for more than 4 years and always worried about cars not stopping for the school bus. Nowadays, the situation has gotten progressively worse.
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Safety grant to reimburse towns for school improvements
The Middletown Press
Portland, Conn., and school officials are expressing thanks after being awarded an approximately $24,000 school security grant by the state. "After the shootings in Newtown (last December), a lot of new security practices were put into place," said Superintendent of Schools Sally E. Doyen. "But because these expenses were not anticipated expenses, the state decided to reimburse towns for those outlays."
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California school district hires firm to monitor students' social media
A suburban Los Angeles school district is now looking at the public postings on social media by middle and high school students, searching for possible violence, drug use, bullying, truancy and suicidal threats.

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Wisconsin senator pushing for seat belts on new school buses
Sen. Tim Cullen is circulating legislation to make seat belts mandatory on all newly purchased school buses. The bill is similar to a policy he ushered in while a member of the Janesville School Board.

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Students may be charged with cyberbullying after Florida girl's suicide
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
A student recently took her life, and now authorities have seized computers and cellphones from some of the girls who sent the messages as they decide whether to bring charges in what appeared to be the nation's latest deadly cyberbullying case.

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DriveID stops drivers from texting and using phones
Consumer Reports
There are a number of apps and subscription services now available to prevent drivers from dialing phones or texting behind the wheel. The problem is, most of them prevent users from operating the phone whether they're driving or not. But just as phones are getting smarter, so are the tools to reduce the temptation to text behind the wheel.
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School bus driver suspended after cellphone video shows her texting
ABC News
VideoBriefA Florida school bus driver has been suspended after she was caught on cellphone video allegedly texting while driving a bus packed with middle school students. A Florida law to ban texting while driving goes into effect Oct. 1, although bus drivers will be exempt.
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Teen tackles a new way to help children battle bullying
Sun Sentinel
After hearing horror stories from friends who were relentlessly picked on at school, a South Florida teenager with martial arts training is teaching children how to tackle bullies — literally. For the past year, 15-year-old Yasmeen Scuderi has been packing school-age children and their parents into her free anti-bullying seminars. She tells them how to verbally stand up for themselves — and, for times when that's not enough — how to do it physically.
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School district uses grant for new wheelchair-accessible buses
Daily Herald
Northwest Suburban High School District 214 in Illinois approved buying new activity buses to transport students with some help from a federal grant. The school board recently approved the purchase of five multifunction school activity buses and two wheelchair-accessible multifunction school activity buses. The buses will be used to transport students to co-curricular activities, field trips and work sites. Each of the two accessible buses purchased can transport three students in wheelchairs.
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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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