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2011 NAPT Summit agenda available online! Click here to view.

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Save the date!
15th National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo
March 9-11, 2012, Orlando, Fla.
The Roadeo is co-administered by Edupro Group and the National Association for Pupil Transportation, and held in conjunction with the National Conference on Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers.
Visit for additional information.

2011 National School Bus Safety Week

National School Bus Safety Week will be celebrated from Oct. 17-21. This year's national theme is: "Be Aware — Know the Danger Zone!" The poster created by last year's winner of the Florida poster contest, German Salazar, a student in Oviedo, Fla. (Seminole County) was awarded grand prize as the overall winner of the national competition. Here is his poster that is being featured throughout the U.S. during this year's National School Bus Safety Week:

National School Bus Safety Week is an active and evolving public education program designed to promote school bus safety. This annual event is held during the third week in October each year. National School Bus Safety Week is an excellent way for everyone — parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators and other interested parties — to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety. NAPT is the primary sponsor of National School Bus Safety Week and has a guidebook and many other tools available at its website.

2 Thousand Pounds of CO2
Amount emitted by a Single School Bus
Every Year.

Espar Independent Heating Systems enable drivers to pre-heat their school buses, offering warm starts, defrosted windows and a safe and comfortable environment for students, all without engine idling. MORE

2011 Election Dates & Deadlines

NAPT Elections Committee Chair Peter F. Mannella has announced the following dates and deadlines for the 2011 NAPT election:

ABSENTEE BALLOT RETURN — All absentee ballots must be received at NAPT headquarters no later than Oct. 12.

Election Day is Wednesday, Oct. 26. Elections will be held in Cincinnati on the trade show floor from 10 a.m.–noon.

For info on this year's candidates, click here.

The president-elect will serve one four-year term; two years as president-elect and two as president. The president-elect shall be selected by a vote of all active members.

Both regional director positions are three year terms. Candidates who reside in regions 2 and 4 may apply from their respective regions if they have been active NAPT members in good standing for at least two years. Regional directors shall be selected by a vote of only those active members whose mailing address is within that specific region.

The affiliate board member serves a two year term. The affiliate member position was added in 2010 to provide an opportunity for business partner representation. Only business partner members in good standing may vote on an individual for this position.

The 2011 NAPT Elections will take place Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to noon at the NAPT booth on the trade show floor during the association's 37th Annual Conference and Trade Show in Cincinnati. Visit our website at to learn more.

Currently available in our ONLINE Shopping Cart:
PDS 101 — Student Transportation Orientation
PDS 201 — Business Writing
PDS 202 — Presentation Skills
PDS 203 — Communications Skills for Transportation Professionals
PDS 204 — Team Communication Strategies
PDS 205 — Managing the Media
PDS 208 — Parent, Administrator, Board and Public Outreach
PDS 301 — Basic School Transportation Accounting
PDS 302 — Budget Development
PDS 303 — Procurement and Budget Management
PDS 402 — Managing Human Resources
PDS 403 — Labor Contract Negotiations and Management
PDS 405 — Student Needs & Management
PDS 501 — Overseeing a Fleet Maintenance Program
PDS 502 — Advanced Shop Maintenance
PDS 503 — School Bus Specifications
PDS 601 — School Bus Routing & Scheduling I
PDS 602 — School Bus Routing & Scheduling II
PDS 605 — School Transportation Contract Management
PDS 606 — Risk Management and Emergency Planning
PDS 702 — Personal Skills for Managers
PDS 703 — Personal Skills – Time Management
PDS 901 — School Transportation Security Assessment
PDS 902 — Crisis Communication

NAPT members pay just $40 per course! You can sign up for any of these classes by clicking here. Available to nonmembers for $100.

Or visit our website, for more information.

To find out more about our partner in this endeavor, School Training Solutions, please visit


Walk to School Day celebrates walkable communities, active children
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On Oct. 5, Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood walked a group of children to Anne Beers Elementary School, not too far from the DOT headquarters in Washington, D.C. "To be honest, the kids really walked us because they already knew the way from experience. And that's good news," LaHood said. "After all, kids who walk to school are safer and get more exercise than their peers who are driven to school. That's right — apart from riding the familiar yellow school bus, walking to school is the safest way to get there." More

TSA buys machines to check IDs, airline boarding passes
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In a move that could improve security and keep airport lines moving, the Transportation Security Administration early next year will begin testing machines that match a traveler's boarding pass with his or her government-issued ID, while verifying that both documents are authentic. The machines will assist the TSA "travel document checkers," who now conduct checks assisted only by ultraviolet flashlights and magnifying loupes. More

Steve Jobs: Student, teacher, leader in revolutionizing education and technology
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In a time of educational debate and shuffling nationwide, a college dropout, businessman and paragon of technological innovation emerged as an inadvertent, but forceful, momentum for an educational revolution around the world. More

Nevada takes a huge step toward safer roads with new distracted driving law
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On Oct. 1, a new law banning handheld cellphone use for all drivers went into effect in Nevada, making it the ninth state, along with D.C. and the Virgin Islands, to do so. At an event on the steps of the Nevada State Capitol in Carson City on Sept. 29, NHTSA Administrator David Strickland, Gov. Brian Sandoval, and a group of Nevada officials all spoke with enthusiasm about the safety benefits of the new law. "The bottom line is: It is safer for children, safer for families to put down the cellphone when driving," Sandoval said. More

Bullying prevention a special concern for students with disabilities
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Tyler and Teagen Comeau, who have Asperger's syndrome, can recall being bullied a number of times at school or on the bus. But the 13-year-old twins, who live in Mansfield, Conn., can't always tell someone about it. The way they react is governed by their condition, a form of autism. The month of October is bullying prevention month, and some organizations are putting a special emphasis on preventing bullying of students with disabilities. More

Wall Street Journal: Airfares down 16 percent since 1995
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Airfares may be on the rise when compared to their levels during the previous two years, but over the long haul the relative price we pay for air travel is in decline. More

Pennsylvania police to monitor school bus stops
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School bus drivers turn on red flashing lights for students to board or exit the bus. When those red lights flash, drivers may not pass the bus, even if the road has two lanes in the same direction. The penalty for breaking this law is a hefty fine and a two-month license suspension. For the 15th year, PennDOT and the Connellsville Police Department will work together to promote traffic safety around Connellsville Area School District buses with Operation Safe Stop. More

Free tools help IT leaders check school network security
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A free resource aims to help K-12 school district leaders make sure they are adequately prepared to address threats to critical district technology systems and infrastructure — and it's just in time for October's Cyber Security Awareness Month. More

How intersections now sense what will zoom by
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In Pleasanton, Calif., radar-like sensors can more easily detect bicycle traffic, providing safer crossings for cyclists and motorists. Pleasanton is recognized as the first in the nation to test out microwave motion and presence sensors called the "Intersector," according to the Contra Costa Times. Much like how a police officer's radar gun works, the Intersector sends out microwave pulses and measures the reflection off a cyclist or motorist from up to 300 feet away. More

School bus driver uses emergency training to save man
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Tammy League doesn't admit that she's a hero, but Eddie Thompson insists that she is. A school bus driver for 27 years, League had been trained annually on what to do in a medical emergency. When Thompson had an emergency while at the apple orchard League helps run, League knew just how to help. More

Anti-bullying and the seat belt law
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Recently, at the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit, parent Kevin Jacobsen delivered a heartfelt and purposeful speech touching on the pain he's experienced and the steps he's taken since the premature death of his son Kameron this year as a result of bullying. Kevin finished up his talk by declaring that we must make the expectation that bullying doesn't take place in our schools as automatic as we have with people buckling up when they get into their cars. More

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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