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2012 Love The Bus

Love the Bus is coming in February. This is a great time to boost morale by having school sponsored events such as a driver appreciation day to recognize the important role your drivers play in children's education.

For ideas on how to celebrate Love the Bus, click here to view the educator's toolkit.

NAPT continues to expand learning opportunities

Become a Nationally Certified Specialist — Virtually!
Now that we have a number of courses online, you have an opportunity to become part of an elite group of pupil transportation professionals who are nationally certified. With 26 online courses developed through School Training Solutions, NAPT invites you to participate in our Specialist Program. There are four Certified Specialist categories from which to choose:

Vehicle Maintenance
Safety and Training

Even if you don't follow the Specialist track, you will earn CEU's (continuing education units) with every NAPT online course! See the course listing below to get started.

Become a PDS Instructor
Would you like to become an Instructor for the NAPT Professional Development Series? Click here to learn how.

NAPT Professional Development Series course listing:

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 701 — Introduction to Leadership and Management
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

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


NTSB to meet on fatal 2010 highway crash in Missouri — investigation reveals driver of pickup was texting just before crash
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The National Transportation Safety Board will meet Dec. 13, to discuss the Aug. 5, 2010 multi-vehicle highway crash in Gray Summit, Mo. During the meeting, the Board is expected to discuss, at length, the distractive effects of portable electronic devices when used by drivers. The Board will determine the probable cause of this crash and consider proposed safety recommendations. More

Award winners demonstrate commitment to safer US roadways
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VideoBriefEvery 16 minutes, someone is killed on America's highways. In 2009, there were a total of 33,808 fatalities, down from 37,423 in 2008. While this decline is an improvement, even one traffic death or injury is one too many. Because we can and we must make our highways safer, DOT's Federal Highway Administration and the Roadway Safety Foundation have teamed up to award agencies across the country who demonstrate excellence in roadway design, operations and planning that leads to improved safety. More

Top 10 survival tips for holiday travel
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Wherever you're heading, if you're traveling during the holiday season, you need to realize that everyone else in the world is, too. But don't let invasive security scanners, terrible drivers and long lines get you down. The following tips may help you to survive the holiday travel season without a Frosty the Snowman-size meltdown. More

LaHood seeks federal texting-while-driving ban
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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says distracted driving is still underreported, and he is urging Congress to enact a national law against texting while driving. "We have to be able to get people to understand that this is very, very dangerous behavior," he says. Distracted driving has been LaHood's signature issue. Thirty-five states and the District of Columbia now have bans on texting while driving. More

Fuel forecast: Gasoline will moderate but diesel won't
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The most recent short-term energy forecast released by the Energy Information Administration projects that gasoline prices will continue falling well into next year while diesel will remain at current levels. Relative stability in oil prices is one reason EIA expects fuel prices to fall or stay flat next year. More

Overhauling computer science education
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The ability to use a computer, its software, or computational thinking to solve problems are not core K-12 subjects taught under most state guidelines by certified teachers. In fact, schools often blur the lines between computer technology literacy with the ability to use computational thinking skills across disciplines. Today, computer science curriculum focuses on teaching how to use software but gives no insight into how it's made or an aptitude for the technology to an entire generation whose everyday lives have become inextricably linked with computing technology. More

Coffee, tea or cancer? Almost half of Americans oppose x-ray body scanners
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Even if X-ray body scanners would prevent terrorists from smuggling explosives onto planes, nearly half of Americans still oppose using them because they could cause a few people to eventually develop cancer, according to a new Harris Interactive poll conducted online for ProPublica. Slightly more than one-third of Americans supported using the scanners, while almost one-fifth were unsure. More

School bullying laws exist in most states, US Department of Education reports analysis of policies
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Most states now have bullying laws that require schools to adopt bullying policies, and efforts to combat school bullying have escalated over the last decade, according to a report released by the U.S. Department of Education. Between 1999 and 2010, more than 120 bills were adopted by state legislatures to introduce or amend legislation that address bullying, harassment or similar behavior in schools. By the time of the Education Department study's conclusion, there were 46 states with enacted anti-bullying laws, 36 with regulations that work against cyberbullying and 13 that give schools the authority to monitor and address bullying behavior even when it occurs off school grounds. More

Study: Phased-in teen driving privileges could save 2,000
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The United States could save 2,000 lives a year if all 50 states instituted comprehensive programs of phased-in driving privileges for teens, according to a report. "We knew that when states pass good laws, lives are saved and a lot of money is saved. We'd just never done the analysis," said John Ulczycki of the National Safety Council, which researched the issue for the Allstate Foundation. More

Natural gas vehicles are making inroads in US market
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The Green Car of the Year award is a showcase for new cars that produce less pollution and help cut the country's appetite for crude oil. The winner announced last month was a redesigned Honda Civic, the fifth-generation version of a model that's been around since 1998. What made it different, and green? It's powered by an engine that uses natural gas. More

Free shipping on your holiday gift purchase at NAPT
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Here's a great holiday gift idea from your friends at NAPT — we are offering free shipping with a $10 purchase of our 13-Month NSBSW Poster Calendar.

These National School Bus Safety Week Poster calendars will make your holiday shopping a little easier this year. Now everyone can stay organized and enjoy award-winning student artwork from across the country. This colorful, easy-to-write-on calendar features state and national conference dates so you can keep track of important industry events. Office mates and relatives alike are sure to appreciate the safety messages and enjoy the talent exhibited in this calendar. (Dimension — closed: 10.5" W x 8" L)

Student artwork is created each year to celebrate National School Bus Safety Week. The NSBSW POSTER theme for 2012 is "Stand Back from the Yellow and Black." Students may draw the theme from Sept 2011 to September 2012. School Bus Safety Week is Oct. 22-26, 2012.

To order please go to our website at and click on the Online Store tab or email

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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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