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NAPT Special Needs Transportation graduates
Congratulations to the following who have recently graduated from the SNT program:

Glenn Brooks with Student Transportation of America, Carnegie, PA
Luis Rodriguez Vazquez of Transporte Sonnell, Corozal, PR
Kenny Mulder, CDPT, from Special School District, Olivette, MO
Katherine Oetker of Cook Illinois Corporation, Waukegan, IL
Kala Henkensiefken with ISD # 181, Brainerd, MN
Diane Stewart from Virginia Beach City Public Schools, Virginia Beach, VA

The NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training Program provides numerous opportunities for transportation personnel serving students with disabilities to access educational opportunities at both local and national conferences and to gain national recognition for their efforts.

The program has a core curriculum that consists of six special needs courses in a variety of different settings, including a school bus roadeo and a trade show of school transportation products and services. The core curriculum is supplemented by two courses of elective instruction from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program. The syllabus for the core curriculum has been specifically designed to increase an individual's specific knowledge about transporting students with disabilities.

To access more information about the NAPT SNT program, including a detailed program description, application and SNT brochure, visit here.

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Bus driver saves suicidal woman — students applaud (The Buffalo News via Firehouse)
When friends become bullies (CNN)
School districts using mobile apps to reach on-the-go parents (The Washington Post)

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Dubai sees 18 percent increase in number of school buses
Deaths involving school bus accidents in Dubai have been reduced to zero over the last four years as the Roads and Transport Authority fully implements the School Transport Law that was issued in 2008. The emirate has seen a sharp increase in the number of school buses and students over the last four years but, RTA feels proper division of responsibilities to various parties concerned has helped in keeping the safety standards high.
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Report: Idling buses, cars outside schools dangerous
USA Today
When children walk into their school building, they may pass through some of the dirtiest air on their travel from home to class. A recently published study by a researcher at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and three other community organizations not only proves this is the case, it also points the way to reduce the exposure — simply turn off the engines of idling buses and cars.
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Bullying syndrome? How maltreatment affects health
Awareness of bullying has grown in recent years. But while the common images of bullying — children shoved against lockers, and "mean girls" slinging gossip — emphasize bullying as a social ill, medical professionals increasingly see bullying as a public health issue. "Bullying is linked to a wide range of health issues, both physical and emotional symptoms," said Dr. Jorge Srabstein, medical director of the Clinic for Health Problems Related to Bullying at the Children's National Medical Center, who has both studied the issue and treated thousands of children in his practice. Bullying affects "kids involved in bullying as victims, or as perpetrators, or as both," said Srabstein.
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Life of service: Phil Gardner still piloting school buses at 84
A hint of blue was starting to creep over the Sierra Nevada when 84-year-old Phil Gardner arrived at a dark bus yard at Wheatland High School to start his day. Like he has done since the 1940s, Gardner went around the bus hammering on tires and opening emergency exits before climbing aboard and checking to make sure each seat was properly attached. "I'll keep driving for them until they can find someone better," said Gardner with a laugh.
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States take action to reduce distracted driving
The Huffington Post
Information fuels our busy lives. Coupled with our craving for constant connections to friends, family and work, today's technologies allow us to know and connect all of these things, almost anywhere, anytime. With more than 50 percent of adult Americans now owning smart phones and the wireless industry reporting a subscription penetration rate of 102.2 percent, it's no surprise that many people take these need-to-know activities with them as they drive. The deadly consequences of distracted driving are too often the tragic result, as families of the 3,331 people killed and 387,000 people injured in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2011 will attest.
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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

St. Paul district looks at new ways to improve school bus behavior
St. Paul Pioneer Press
There will be prizes, more adults on school buses and a safety class that parents can take to erase a child's bus suspension. Districts in St. Paul, Minn., are making a push this school year to improve bus behavior at schools with the rowdiest student riders.
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Google+ links teachers, virtual field trips
eSchool News
In an effort to boost teacher collaboration and cultivate digital skills in students, Google+ on Nov. 4 launched Connected Classrooms, a program that connects K-12 teachers with virtual field trip resources and best practices. Virtual field trips have always been available on Google+, but the Google+ Education Partnership Team sees Connected Classrooms as a more formal way for teachers to locate virtual field trips and connect with other educators in a thriving community.
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Scarce subs: Wages, training key issues for school bus drivers
The Marietta Times
For more than 30 years, Cheryl Thomas has been a licensed school bus driver in the Frontier Local school district, sometimes doing the job full-time, sometimes substituting while working as a librarian or teacher's aide. It's a common problem in many school districts, particularly with the opportunity for better pay, more hours and guaranteed work drawing individuals with commercial driver's license certification to the growing oil and natural gas industry.
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Low-income school in Hong Kong named 'greenest school on Earth'
A low-income school in Hong Kong was just named one of the "Greenest Schools on Earth" by the U.S. Green Building Council. Sing Yin Secondary School shows that eco-friendly principles aren't just for the wealthy elite.

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NAPT and Zonar announce $50,000 grant winners
NAPT and Zonar
The National Association for Pupil Transportation and technology innovator Zonar recently announced the 2013 winners of grants for $50,000 in the latest school bus security/safety/efficiency equipment.

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School districts using mobile apps to reach on-the-go parents
The Washington Post
Schools' lines of communication have multiplied over the years, from backpack fliers and home visits to robo-calls and websites, group emails and text messages. Then they added Facebook and Twitter.

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Young drivers snapping 'selfies' at the wheel
Drivers are endlessly creative when it comes to finding things to do while behind the wheel: eating, texting, reading a map, applying makeup. But technology has now inspired an alarming new trend: drivers taking self-portraits, or "selfies," with their smartphone cameras while in motion. Not surprisingly, highway safety advocates aren't thrilled.
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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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