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School bus safety and security track will be offered at the Summit

Earlier this year, NAPT President Alexandra Robinson convened a group of industry leaders to discuss ways to improve safety and security in schools and on school buses. The NAPT Safety & Security Committee was formed with the overarching goal of developing resources for school bus drivers, school bus driver trainers, school transportation supervisors and/or directors and non-transportation personnel, such as law enforcement, emergency responders and education administrators. Since then the group has conducted a survey of NAPT members and subsequently enlisted the help of a variety of law enforcement professionals to collaboratively evaluate the feedback.

We are pleased to announce that we have assembled a diverse and talented team of people that will offer a total of eight different sessions on school bus safety and security at the NAPT SUMMIT in Grand Rapids, Mich. Below is a summary of each session:

NAPT Safety & Security Survey Results
Executive Director Mike Martin will review the methodology behind the survey, discuss the results and introduce some of the training sessions and workshops that will be offered this year.

Deploying A Comprehensive Crisis Management Plan
The reality of the world demands that school districts become more sophisticated in exercising command and control during crisis management. By establishing an incident response team with protocols, procedures and processes, school districts can ensure effective and efficient management during crises that can enhance the safety and security of students and staff. Workshop speaker, John Barry, Major General USAF (RET), is a former Superintendent of Aurora Public Schools where he served for seven years. Before coming back to Colorado, he was in the Air Force for over 30 years as a combat veteran, fighter pilot/USAF "Top Gun" graduate and Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense. He retired in 2004 as a "2 Star", Major General, and he served his last tour on active duty as Board Member and Executive Director for the Space Shuttle Columbia Accident Investigation.

Preventing Illegal Passing
Learn about three standout initiatives to manage this pernicious problem.

School Bus Security Training
Keith Runk heads up this general session training opportunity, tailor-made for the school bus industry. First Sergeant Runk, former Unit Commander of Special Tactical Assault Team Element & Tactical Medical Team of the Maryland State Police, was actively involved in identifying and arresting the perpetrators of "The Beltway Sniper" attacks, in October 2002, in which 10 people were killed. Runk will explain his work with NAPT to analyze a real-world "Active Shooter" scenario.

Case Study: The Importance of Collaboration and Cooperation to School Transportation Safety
Chris Gawronski will discuss a case study from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, UAE, where multiple government agencies have come together to address the issue of school transport safety in spite of differences in organizational priorities and sometimes complicated inter-agency relationships.

Security Training Update from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Bill Arrington, General Manager of the Highway and Motor Carrier Security Division of the United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will discuss and explain the latest training protocols, policies and procedures in transportation security from the federal perspective.

Safe School Bus Evacuation Protocols for Downed Power Wire Emergencies
Join Eddie Goins, of Sho-Me Power Electric Cooperative, to learn why you may need to re-evaluate your school bus evacuation protocols when the vehicle is in the vicinity of a downed power line. Goins presents electrical security programs to Science and Agricultural Education classes in Missouri schools to more than 10,000 students each year. Don't miss this potentially life-saving workshop!

The Use of Force
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