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2013 Summit 'Thank you!'
The annual NAPT Summit is the school transportation industry's showcase event; more than 1,600 people from 5 different countries – and 42 different states - were in Grand Rapids for our conference and trade show this year!

There are many people, groups of people in fact, that work together to bring about an event of this magnitude. It is with great appreciation, therefore, that we wish to acknowledge the following, without whose help, we couldn't have delivered this year's Summit:

IC Bus (especially for the spectacular networking event on Wednesday 10/23!)
Thomas Built Buses (for hosting the Monday Night Football networking event)
Emirates Transport
Heavy Duty Bus Parts
Roads & Transport Authority of Dubai
School Bus Fleet
Zonar Systems

IC Bus
Thomas Built Buses
Blue Bird Corporation
Q-Straint/Sure Lok
Zonar Systems
Peter & Linda Lawrence
Linda Bluth & Betsy Eisman

NTSB Vice Chairman, Christopher A. Hart
Victoria Arlen (sponsored by Q’Straint)
John Barry (sponsored by Zonar Systems)
Ron Frank
John Parry (sponsored by Blue Bird Corporation)
Keith Runk
Jesus Villahermosa

Thank you to all of our panelists, moderators, workshop presenters and Professional Development Series instructors. Special thanks to the NAPT 3D Project Team: Steve Simmons, Michael Shields, Peter Lawrence, John Fahey, Tim Calabrese and Jeff and Dayna Oehm for their efforts, pre-conference and on site. Thank you also to the NAPT Fleet Services Advisory Team: Marshall Casey, Mike Kenney, Brian Weisinger, Rick Lecker, Dave McDonald and David Anderson.

We'd also like to extend special gratitude to Daniel Blake Smith and David Geary for presenting Impact: After the Crash and Lori Thompson and the cast and crew of Bullycide for their theatrical performance. You impressed everyone with your artistry but it was your humanity that made everyone fans of your work.

Most important of all, we'd like to say THANK YOU to our delegates, who in some cases had their own challenges just getting district approval to attend. It was great to see you and we hope you enjoyed the event.

We will send all of our 2013 Summit attendees an online conference survey link soon - please take a moment to tell us about your experiences. Your valuable feedback will help us to fine-tune the Summit next year, scheduled in Kansas City, Mo., Nov. 8-11, 2014.

Keith Henry, CDPT, Director of Transportation for the Independence (MO) School District, is your new President-Elect. Peter Mannella, Executive Director of the New York Association for Pupil Transportation, has been re-elected to another term as Region I director. Steve Kalmes, CDPT, is the newly elected Region 5 Director. Steve retired from his post as Director of Transportation for the Anchorage (AK) Public Schools and now runs his own consulting firm. Dwight Gleaves, V.P. of Sales for Hydrotex, is the newly elected Affiliate Member Director.

Congratulations to each of the new and/or returning Board members and thank you again to outgoing board members Alexandra Robinson, CDPT, Executive Director of the Office of Pupil Transportation for the NYC Department of Education; David Anderson, CDPT, Director of Transportation for the Adams 12 Five Star Schools in Colorado; and Dave McDonald, Director of Business Development and Technical Sales for Rosco Vision Systems, for your stellar contributions during your time on the Board.

Summit presentations will be posted on our homepage in the coming days. You will receive notification via email.

Please let one of us know if you need assistance or have any questions at 800-989-6278.

Thank you again to everyone that helped make this year's Summit an outstanding event.

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Bullying among boys easily dismissed?
With horror stories about girls who have been bullied dominating the news, some parents are asking whether we also need to focus as much attention on how boys respond to harsh or abusive interactions with their peers. Historically, bullying among boys has been complicated and sometimes tough to identify. The belief in a "boys-will-be-boys" mentality still persists, whether it's on a playground or in a college fraternity.
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Should seatbelts be mandatory on Canada's school buses?
Yahoo Canada News
VideoBriefA recent bus crash in rural Alberta has given new prominence the issue of whether seatbelts should be mandatory on school buses. According to Dr. Louis Francescutti, president of the Canadian Medical Association, the government is putting children at risk by not mandating seatbelts on buses across the country.
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Do 'kid cages' really protect children from wolves?
National Geographic Daily News
In rural Reserve, New Mexico, children wait for school buses inside boxy, wood-and-mesh structures that look like chicken coops. The "kid cages" are meant as protection from wolves. But are they even necessary?
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The importance of Internet safety for students
By Archita Datta Majumdar
Is the boogeyman out there on the Internet? What do children need to know about the danger of Internet usage so they can take advantage of progress without succumbing to its pitfalls? The technology revolution has completely opened up our world and changed the way we learn, sift through and absorb information. But progress does not come without pains. For every new development, a price is attached.
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Idling Gets You Nowhere

But an E-Guardian PLUS heater gets you…
  • Driver / passenger safety & comfort
  • Decreased fuel consumption & maintenance costs
  • A meaningful reduction in carbon emissions
  • Short R.O.I. and significant savings

Oregon school bus contractor to convert fleet to propane
Corvallis Gazette-Times
The Philomath School Board recently agreed to extend the district's contract with Mid Columbia Bus Co. until 2021 as part of an agreement to replace diesel buses with new propane-powered ones. Dan Forbess, Philomath's superintendent, said the agreement will save the district money on fuel, reduce its carbon emissions from transporting students, and children will no longer be around diesel exhaust. The propane-powered buses are set to go into service on July 1, 2014.
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Campaign shows teens costs of distracted driving
Los Angeles Daily News
With traffic collisions the leading cause of death for America's teens — some 3,500 died in car crashes last year, about 10 percent of them in California — organizations hope to educate students and their parents about the need to pay attention behind the wheel.
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Kansas towns receive funding for safe school routes
Hays Post
Fourteen projects intended to encourage children to walk or bicycle to school have been selected for funding through the Safe Routes to School program administered by the Kansas Department of Transportation. A total of $945,250 will be allocated for projects including development of a Safe Routes to School plan and infrastructure construction.
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Climate Control for School & Commercial Buses

Design • Manufacture • Install • Parts • Service

Trans/Air Manufacturing Corporation is an ISO 9001 registered firm, manufacturing a full line of climate control systems for the school, commercial and electric/hybrid vehicle markets. Units, parts, service, training, warranty, and new or aftermarket installations are available through factory-owned operations or a network of distributors throughout North America.
Stronger WC18 Wheelchair Securements Needed!

The revised standard dictates that wheelchair tie-downs must be stronger. WC19 wheelchairs feature lap belts that are integrally mounted onto the wheelchair frame. During a collision, this new dynamic produces higher loading on the WTORS as much as 60%. The QRT-360 is the first retractor to meet these new requirements.

New QRT-360 Retractor
Their safety is our priority

CrossingGuard monitors and enforces traffic around a stopped school bus, helping school districts to safeguard children traveling to and from school. Unlike other systems CrossingGuard requires no driver intervention allowing bus drivers to focus their attention on what’s most important. For more information visit

Teen with Tourette's aims to stop bullying
Confronting a life obstacle — injury, illness or other hardship — survivors have tapped their inner strength and found resilience they didn't know they possessed. Ten years ago, Jaylen Arnold became the youngest person ever diagnosed with Tourette syndrome; today, the 13-year-old is leading a national foundation to put an end to bullying.
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Training preps school bus drivers for worst to keep children safe
VideoBrief"You never know when something's going to happen, you can't plan for it," said Detective Jeremy Hembree with Aiken Public Safety in South Carolina. But you can try to prepare. That's the idea behind bringing all Aiken County bus drivers together for a day of bus safety training on worst case scenarios. "We want the bus drivers to know what they need to do to assist us but then also to keep the students safe and themselves safe," said Hembree.
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Distracted driving is claiming the lives of more pedestrians and cyclists
Total traffic deaths have declined nationwide in recent years, but the same has not held true for the most vulnerable people on the streets: cyclists and pedestrians. A new study published in Public Health Reports, the journal of the U.S. Public Health Service and the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General, reveals that distracted driving — particularly driving while texting — partially explains the rising death toll.
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Study reveals school bus safety statistics
The National Department of Transportation says school buses are the safest way for students to get to and from school. In fact, the NHTSA states that students are 50 times more likely to arrive at school alive if they take the bus rather than drive themselves or ride with a friend.

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School bus GPS systems picking up steam nationwide
About 25 million students ride school buses every day. Every so often, something goes wrong: Children are occasionally left behind or get lost on the wrong bus route. Now schools are using technology to bring parents some peace of mind.

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Texas school district reviews bus safety
Austin American-Statesman
During school bus safety week, Oct. 21-25, the Lake Travis school district will be reminding students about the safety procedures in place to protect them while being transported between school and home.

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School bus stop signs: They're there for a reason
Guymon Daily Herald
In the hustle and bustle of the morning rush to get to work and drop the children off at school, as well as picking them up in the afternoon, many people have started frequently ignoring one of the most important laws and safety precautions to protect children as they are entering and exiting school buses. "We have a big problem with this," said Guymon Public Schools Director of Transportation Scot Dahl. "Almost daily, one of my drivers will bring me the license plate of someone that's been running the stop signs."
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Ballet dancers step up to stop bullying
Boulder Daily Camera
The ballet dancers' elegant dance moves told a less-than-elegant story. At a recent performance at Meridian Elementary School, members of the Colorado Conservatory of Dance, formerly known as the School of Ballet Nouveau Colorado, spread an anti-bullying message by performing a special ballet that featured children shoving each other, ridiculing each other and finally reconciling their differences to stop bullying in their classroom. The dance, called "It All Starts Somewhere," was an effort to get children to think creatively about how to stop bullying and speak out when they see it happen to themselves or their friends.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Texas school district reviews bus safety (Austin American-Statesman)
Lessons learned from latest cyberbullying tragedy (USA Today)
Facebook loosens privacy restrictions for minors amid cyberbullying concerns (Fox News)
Are mean girls getting meaner? Teens open up about bullying (TODAY)
Distracted drivers lack focus near California schools (The Sacramento Bee)

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