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

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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

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


EPA's MyEnvironment displays success of the National Clean Diesel Campaign
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has created a new information portal called "MyEnvironment" for promoting local environmental awareness and efforts to reduce emissions from diesel engines. MyEnvironment provides users with a cross-section of environmental information including data on air, water, energy and much more. The MyAir section includes a feature called "Cleaning Your Air: Reducing Diesel Pollution" and will display information on clean diesel projects in the selected area. There's even a unique mapping feature, that enables visitors to view the benefits clean diesel projects have had at the local community level. MyEnvironment can be found on the EPA home page or at

Bully-proofing your children
CNN Living    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's unfortunate that our children will get bullied at school, whether it's about their appearance or dress, their academic ability or hobbies, a disability or just the fact that they're the new kids in town. Schools with vigorous anti-bullying programming are more likely to stop bullies in their tracks, but not every school has a commitment to stopping the abuse. However, there are things parents can do to strengthen their children before the bullying starts, convince them to tell parents if a verbal or physical attack occurs, and keep them safe. More

Drivers paying more tolls to use roads, bridges
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Drivers across the U.S. are digging deeper into their pockets as more states and communities raise tolls or impose them for the first time to build and repair highways, bridges and tunnels. More

Unsafe buses run until fatal crashes after US inaction
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When executives of Sky Express Inc. met with U.S. bus-safety regulators for an audit in March, the problems were clear even in the rough English of records translated from Chinese. One driver worked 11 consecutive days without a rest period, according to audit documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. Four of 10 drivers couldn't understand enough English to identify their employer. An insulin-dependent driver made a 938-mile run without medical clearance. All those infractions violated U.S. law. More

More roads going high tech
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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood writes, "Even as highway budgets are forced to do more with less, the number of vehicles on our roads continues to climb. We need to work smarter with what we already have. So, I'm happy to see so many state and local agencies relying on the latest technology to improve service for all motorists." More

US neighborhoods struggle with health threats from traffic pollution
Scientific American    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
On a sunny afternoon, more than 1,000 children poured out of Hudson K-8 School, eager to play in their neighborhood. Just beyond the playground fence, a line of diesel trucks was idling, stuck in traffic as they made their way from a massive port complex to a congested freeway. It was a typical day at the Long Beach, Calif., school in all but one way. They had a visitor — the top environmental health scientist in the country, Linda Birnbaum. More

America's commutes start earlier, last longer
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VideoBrief Working in the city and living on one's own land far out in the countryside has always been a goal for many Americans. The recession has turned hours of commuting to and from work into a reality that's hard to escape. More

New motor oil category could help meet mpg rules
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Diesel engine makers and truck OEMs will, within a few short years, expect motor oil to contribute to the mandated greenhouse-gas emissions reduction and corresponding increase in miles per gallon performance for commercial vehicles set out in new federal rules that will start taking effect in 2014. That's why engine makers have already petitioned for a new API oil-service category to be in place by the time the new federal GHG/mpg rules go fully into effect. More

Schools get funds for going green
Newport Beach Independent    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Several Newport-Mesa schools will be awarded a percent of the money they saved the district by participating in the Green Schools Program during the 2010-2011 school year. "The Green Schools Program strives to: Educate K-12 students, trains students about the importance of energy efficiency through hands on learning activities and STEM lessons correlated to California standards, raise awareness and interest in green careers, and save schools energy and money," according to the staff report. More

10 outrageous travel fees
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Companies in the travel industry seem to be finding more ways to get you to open your wallet. At a time when travelers are looking to save, prices are actually rising. In fact, domestic airfare prices jumped more than 8 percent from last year. 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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