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

Sharon Pierluissi — of Lakeside Transportation/Cook Illinois Corp. in Waukegan, IL Barbara Rizzo — with Peotone CUSD 207U in Peotone, IL

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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NAPT would appreciate your help
NAPT's Region 2 Director Barry Sudduth will be representing you in an upcoming roundtable discussion with the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). He would appreciate very much your feedback/answers to the following questions:
  • Do you always/sometimes/never utilize a private sector service provider when planning a school-sponsored activity trip?

  • Who makes the decision to hire/retain a private sector service provider?

  • Who determines which one you hire?

  • Who is responsible for checking the DOT safety rating assigned to the carrier? When and how?
    Do you verify the vehicle registration prior to the trip? When and how?

  • Does a representative of the local education agency inspect the vehicle before it leaves the pick-up/drop-off location?
    If so, who does the inspection?

  • What is your policy on overbooking and/or subcontracting by the carrier?
    If your permit the carrier to subcontract, who reviews the list of companies that are used as subcontractors?

  • Do you have a requirement on how often and on what schedule a carrier must provide driver's license or Department/Registry of Motor Vehicle records for its drivers?
    If so, what is the requirement?

  • Who is responsible for arranging any handicap or wheel chair accommodations for your students with special needs?

  • Do you have a policy on making changes to the contract and/or itinerary?
    If so, please provide details.
    How is the cost of the trip determined? e.g. hourly, mileage-based, fixed or other.

  • What is your policy with regard to:
    Road tolls and/or taxes?
    Special accommodations of/for the driver?
Please submit your answers to

Thank you for your support.

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How analytics helped Ford turn its fortunes
"Data will set you free." That's how CEO Alan Mulally has launched many a meeting since his 2007 arrival at what was then the sinking ship called Ford Motor Co. Six years later, Mulally's opening line has become the automaker's bona fide company mantra. Bearing good news or bad, Ford managers wouldn't dream of coming to a meeting without hard metrics in hand.
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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

Distracted drivers cause pedestrian deaths to rise 50 percent
Medical Daily
Now that digital devices have become more pervasive in our daily lives, they pose a serious threat as a distraction — not only at our jobs, but also in our cars. According to a recent study, the number of pedestrians and bicyclists who have been killed by distracted drivers has risen significantly in the past several years — up to 50 percent more in 2010 than in 2005. Researchers say distracted driving is a public health threat.
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DOT meets Executive Order, opens data for public use
U.S. Department of Transportation FastLane
In addition to Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30 was also a critical deadline for DOT to reach some of the milestones in President Barack Obama's Executive Order on Open Data. It is safe to say, The Department of Transportation has met its obligations. But, more than just meeting their requirements, opening their data is about unleashing the power of information for public use.
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Teen with half a face stands up to her bullies
ABC News
Sarah Atwell always listened to her beloved grandmother, who taught her to love herself. "My nanny always told us when we were sad to cheer us up, 'Be strong, no matter what happens,'" said Atwell. But for Atwell, who lives with her family in Nova Scotia, that was a tough order. She was born with neurofibromatosis, which caused a massive tumor to grow on the side of her face. Over the years, the biggest struggle has been facing the bullies at school.
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5-year snapshot in Washington: Red-light cameras cut wrecks
The News Tribune
Six years ago, Tacoma, Wash., officials began installing cameras to catch red-light runners at seven intersections, saying they wanted to reduce accidents and make the streets safer. Early on, traffic accident data didn't show a clear correlation between the cameras and improved safety. But lately, all the intersections with cameras are seeing slightly fewer accidents than before.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Study shows negative effects of school bus service cuts (WBRC-TV)
Interpreting the (non)controversial science of distracted driving (The Huffington Post)
Could school bus ads lower your taxes? (101.5-FM)

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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

Eco-friendly benefits of GPS fleet tracking
By Jonathan Savage
The benefits of an eco-friendly fleet go far beyond improving your brand image. Eco-friendly fleets also benefit a business's bottom line. They reduce fuel and maintenance costs, improve eligibility for government contracts — which require sustainability initiatives — and future-proof against expected green regulations. While there are a number of different ways to make a fleet more eco-friendly, one of the most efficient and cost-effective is using GPS tracking technology.
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Distracted driving: Safety advocates call for culture shift as more US drivers admit to deadly habit
NBC News
Safety experts and advocates say they're struggling to convince Americans to stop distracted driving, even as a growing body of evidence shows that drivers who insist on texting or talking on cellphones while behind the wheel pose deadly threats on the nation's roads. Survey data from State Farm released earlier this month showed that a majority of American drivers admit to distracted driving.
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Good News For Your District

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. Learn more
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School bus app tracks troubles
The Lethbridge Herald
A new iPhone app won't leave students in the cold if winter weather stalls their school buses. Palliser Regional Schools is believed to be the first school board in southern Alberta, Canada, to introduce an app that sends notifications directly to users' cellphones when buses are cancelled or delayed.
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Anti-bullying as a civil right
Even as more Americans accept gay marriage and reject discrimination against people over sexual orientation, bullying remains a serious problem in the nation's schools where teachers do not do enough to protect LGBT students, write Laura Finley and Joseph Schroer.
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Bullied to black belt
Bullied in the past, Devin Lewis made a vow, "I'm not worried I'm not planning on letting people bully me anymore." An incident on the school bus led to a lot of change. The school district realized it had to do a better job in approaching bullying.

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Buses told to buckle up, school buses exempt
Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it will now be requiring full seat belts for all large commercial buses and motorcoaches. But another kind of bus remains exempt from the rule: the school bus.

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Student bullied — brings awareness to students, parents
Emily Penn Foster, 13, wants to turn her terrible experience into a lesson for the girls who bullied her, and for parents she feels need to talk to their children about bullying.

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Overheated power distribution module causes bus fire; bus recalled 5 times
Forest Hills Public Schools officials say an overheated power distribution module is what caused a recent bus fire, but the reason why it overheated still remains unknown. That bus was also srecalled in 2011 for faulty wiring that, in the event of a short circuit, could result in a vehicle fire, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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Band of elementary schoolmates rally around boy to stop teasing
Even the most stoic person might shed a tear at the goodness found in a group of boys. After the group of fifth-grade football players from Massachusetts found out their 6-year-old water boy was being teased for his attire and speech, they played great defense and showed him their support.
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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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