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October 20 to 24 is National School Bus Safety Week — Focus is on Preventing Illegal Passing
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. This year's theme — #atmystopustop — was created to elevate discussion about the dangers of cars illegally passing a stopped school bus. Motorists should but often don't seem to know that when they encounter a stopped school bus with lights flashing they MUST to come to a full and complete stop to allow students to cross the street safely. NAPT encourages teachers and parents to talk to their students/children during this year's National School Bus Safety Week about being safe pedestrians at and around the school bus stop.
Motorists that illegally pass a stopped school bus are the leading cause of pupil transportation-related injuries and fatalities. An annual survey sponsored the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (www.nasdpts.org/stoparm) found that nearly 100,000 school bus drivers reported a total of more than 88,000 vehicles passed their buses illegally on a single day last year. In the 2012/2013 school years, there were nine child fatalities in the school bus "danger zone." Six of these fatalities were caused by drivers that illegally passed a stopped school bus.
Passing a stopped school bus with its lights flashing is illegal in all 50 states, and can carry a significant fine. Local school transportation service providers should encourage their local media and local law enforcement officials to heighten awareness and enforcement of laws that protect students from motorists that pass a school bus illegally as well as other forms of distracted driving. Click here for a number of resources to help inform your local community. There are also FREE public service announcements you can use in your local area to illustrate the danger of this illegal activity.
By highlighting the importance of school bus safety in your community and promoting awareness of the danger created every time a car illegally passes a stopped school bus, you may save someone's life this week. Share your news and activities with us on Facebook, Twitter, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NAPT celebrates innovation @ 40th Annual Summit
Celebrate innovation with your pupil transportation colleagues next month during NAPT's 40th Annual Summit: Driving Innovation! This year's entire program focuses on cutting-edge technology and trends, and the fresh approach school transportation professionals are applying to improve the safe and efficient transport of our students. Take a look at some of the workshops in this year's schedule...
And these are just a few of the sessions on tap for Kansas City. Check out to the full schedule on our website.
- Apples to Apples: The Importance of Definitions in Data Driven Decision Making
Speaker: Peter Lawrence, Ed.D., Director of Transportation, Fairport CSD
- Will Ramped-up Vehicle Tech Bring Smarter, Safer School Buses?
Moderator: Thomas McMahon, Executive Editor, School Bus Fleet
- Is V2G for Me? A Research-based Cost Benefit Analysis of Electric Buses that Produce Power
Speakers: Lance Noel and Regina McCormack, University of Delaware
- Whose Budget Line is it Anyway? How to Protect and Preserve Your Most Important Expenditures
Speaker: Nikki Hughes, Director, San Juan USD
- What's Your Communication and Technology Protocol (CTP)?
Speaker: Keith Henry, CDPT, Director of Transportation, Lee's Summit R7 Schools
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- Kansas City Marriott Downtown
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So, mark your calendar and make plans to be in Kansas City, MO November 8-11 for NAPT's 40th Annual Summit: Driving Innovation. We look forward to seeing you there!
- Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown
1301 Wyandotte Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
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NAPT offers 1st CSNT exam @ Summit
Become one of the first to earn your Certified Special Needs Transportation designation!
The first CSNT exam will be available at NAPT's 40th Annual Summit in Kansas City, MO next month. It is a timed exam, and candidates will have 2 full hours to complete it.
For those who have completed all of the necessary courses (click here to see the list), becoming a CSNT is as easy as 1, 2, 3:
Not able to come to Kansas City? It's ok! The exam will be available online following the conference, so watch your email and our website for updated information. Please contact NAPT's Education Specialist, Josh Bresett, at 800.989.6278 or email@example.com with any questions.
- complete and return the Certification Application along with payment to NAPT headquarters
- download the study guide material and prepare to take the exam
- Take and pass the exam!
Take your leadership to a new level with NAPT's LED Program
For nearly a decade, NAPT's Leading Every Day (LED) project has been supporting and developing world-class professionals and leaders in the school transportation industry. Now, NAPT is pleased to launch an expanded LED initiative that you can access anywhere — even on your phone or tablet! Online registration is open!
NAPT's 2015 Leading Every Day Institute has been designed to help you take your career to new heights! Guest Lecturer, George Pitagorsky, PMP, will teach you his Optimal Performance Program, which is about project management & long term process initiatives that focus on improving behavioral skills. Click here for additional program details.
Join your colleagues for a comprehensive leadership program in 2015 — registration is open!
Vendor Spotlight: On the spot? Come to the spotlight
Business Partners are special members of NAPT. They provide expertise, products and services to the pupil transportation industry, helping to maintain and improve the safety and efficiency of operations and processes. Knowing who to call when you're on the spot is important.
To help you find solutions, we highlight our business partners in a scrolling logo format on the NAPT homepage every two weeks. Just click on the company logo to find out more.
Featured in our "Business Partner in the Spotlight" section are: American Cooling Technology, Hydrotex, Innovative Transportation Solutions and Timeware, Inc. Their logos will be posted for the next few weeks, so please take a moment to become familiar with the products and services they offer.
American Cooling Technology (www.actusa.us.com) designs and manufactures advanced Air Conditioning systems for buses. From the initial design concept through prototyping and testing to full production ACT is a full service company. The ACT customer support goes well beyond the product shipment and includes application support, product training, after sale support and a complete line of service parts including parts for many other Bus AC suppliers.
Hydrotex (www.hydrotexlube.com) is a manufacturer and distributor of high performance lubricant and fuel improver solutions. As an employee owned company, they help their customers develop sustainable solutions designed to improve system reliability, save energy, limit pollution, extend fixed asset life, reduce maintenance costs and improve fuel efficiency. Their products and services leverage over 75 years of innovation resulting in superior lubrication solutions and high touch customer service.
Innovative Transportation Solutions (www.itranssolutions.org) is here for all of your educational transportation needs. We offer 4 robust services to school districts around the country. They are a national team of experts with 80+ years of combined experience in the field of Pupil Transportation. Powered by Region 4 Education Service Center, they are located in Houston, TX and are proud to serve school districts nationwide.
Timeware, Inc. (www.timewareinc.com) is a fast growing alternative provider of affordable workforce management solutions in the USA. More and more organizations are switching to Timeware for powerful, easy-to-use software and Web-enabled devices for managing everything from HR administration and scheduling, to attendance and payroll.
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.
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EPA offers $3 millions to replace school bus engines
The Environmental Protection Agency announced it will pay $3 million to help schools replace old bus engines with new models that are more fuel efficient. As part of an effort to reduce diesel emissions around the country, the EPA will offer rebates to public and private schools looking to upgrade their bus fleets through the 2014 school bus replacement funding opportunity. The EPA says the program will help improve the air quality for millions of children who ride a bus to school each morning.
Teacher complaints expose tensions as special education overhaul continues
Chalkbeat New York
At P.S. Q811 in Queens, New York, last year, several students with severe disabilities went without their full-time aides during lunch, fire drills and certain classes, according to complaints filed with the teachers union. Because some of those students suffered from multiple daily seizures, leaving them without aides "may be a danger to the students," the union reported to the city.
How to make electric school buses as cheap as diesel-fueled transit
Electric vehicles don't sell as well as they could largely because of cost. Even if buyers can make back money from cheaper fuel costs, many are not prepared to meet the extra upfront expense. Take these electric Trans Tech school buses. They cost $230,000, compared to $110,000 for a typical diesel bus. At double the price, it's little wonder which model school districts currently prefer. There could be a way to neutralize the cost difference, and it doesn't involve waiting for Tesla's Gigafactory to produce better batteries.
Protect your students with the safety alarm from Transportation Safety Products, Inc. Our Child Safety Alarm System™ is an advanced voice alarm that alerts children with three distinct, clear, and loud voice messages. You tailor the message.
Coming soon is our panic button, which alerts students outside to drivers illegally passing the bus.
New technology targets drivers who pass stopped school buses
Michael Burgess, an 11-year-old student at West Lake Middle School in Apex, North Carolina, was getting onto his school bus early on the foggy morning of Sept. 30 when a car slammed into him. "All I remember was seeing a car and I was so scared, and then I just knew the car was going to hit me," he recalled. Michael spent days in the hospital in a body cast with multiple breaks and fractures. "I felt pretty lucky that I'm alive now because I thought I'd die, because the car was going really fast," he said. The driver received a ticket for passing a stopped school bus and failing to reduce speed.
State education funding lags behind pre-recession levels
U.S. News & World Report
Despite incremental increases in state support for K-12 education, funding levels still trail those before the Great Recession in 2007, according to a report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Overall, 30 of the 47 states analyzed are providing less per-pupil funding for K-12 schools this school year than they did before the recession. In 14 of the states, funding has been cut by more than 10 percent, the report says. In addition to the slow recovery of funding, at least 20 states cut their support for K-12 education compared to last year, the report found.
How far is too far for kids to run?
For out-of-shape kids, inadequate physical activity — a leading risk factor for mortality across all ages, according to the World Health Organization — can have lasting ramifications for future health. All over the world, researchers are finding significant annual declines in cardiovascular fitness among adolescents. As a whole, today's youth are spending less time than generations past on stick ball, tag, and other types of free play and exercise, such as walking or bicycling, and more time with computers and smartphones. As a result, after-school activities such as organized sports now provide the majority of physical activity for growing children.
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Inclusion Corner: Begin with co-planning
By: Savanna Flakes
Co-teaching implemented with fidelity has a profound impact on a range of learners with and without disabilities from a variety of cultures. Co-teaching is often characterized as a "marriage" between a general education and a specialist. Formally defined, co-teaching is two or more educators sharing responsibility for teaching some or all of the students assigned to a classroom. According to Marilyn Friend and Lynne Cook, it involves the distribution of responsibility among people for planning, instruction and evaluation for a classroom of students.
Wake County, NC, driver shortage affecting school bus service
A shortage of more than 60 full-time Wake County, North Carolina, school bus drivers caused by low pay and bad student bus behavior is leading to delays getting students to and from school each day. School officials say they only have 845 full-time permanent drivers for the 908 buses that hit the road daily. The shortage is having an impact on bus service around the county for the 75,000 students who ride buses.
Chain reaction: Concern about Ebola nurse's flight prompts school closings in two states
The Washington Post
Now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is busy tracking 132 passengers who traveled on a Frontier Airlines flight with Amber Vinson, the second healthcare worker who tested positive for Ebola after caring for Duncan, who died earlier this month. The nurse went from Cleveland back to Dallas with a low-grade fever. And the next day, the plane took five more trips before Frontier Airlines was notified late about Vinson. Many are now concerned about exposure. A flight crew is on paid leave. Schools in Ohio and Texas have shut down. Students who were on the flight have been asked to stay home. At least one person has put himself in isolation.
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 Member Services Specialist, Brianne Peck at Brianne.Peck@napt.org today! To learn more about the new NAPT Special Needs Training program click here.
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