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The results of our recent survey of NAPT members regarding bullying prevention were a real mixed bag. More than 250 NAPT members initiated the 5 question survey but only about 50 percent finished it. "That is not typical at all," said NAPT Executive Director, Mike Martin. "We usually have a much, much higher response rate and nearly everyone finishes one of our surveys once they start it."

Everyone answered the first question ("Are you aware of the training for school bus drivers (created by NAPT and the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools) that was designed to help them prevent bullying on school buses?") and more than two-thirds of the respondents answered "yes." However, when asked "Have you visited the website and downloaded the training?", nearly one-third of survey participants skipped the question. "Again, that's not what we expected at all," said Martin. "We're trying to help the U.S. Education Department determine the need for additional training for transportation personnel and this type of result is not only disappointing, it is hard to explain."

On the upside, survey participants were from 35 different states and respondents ranged in size from districts/companies that have fewer than 10 drivers to those that have more than 1,000. "The majority of respondents had fewer than 150 drivers," said Martin. "That's not surprising but it's helpful nonetheless."

More than two-thirds of the survey participants indicated they have provided some form of bullying prevention training for their school bus drivers and more than three-quarters said that they have downloaded and used the training modules, "See Something. Do Something: Intervening in Bullying Behavior", and "Creating a Supportive Bus Climate: Preventing Bullying. "It appears there is a plethora of products in the marketplace, and although nothing seems to stand above the rest, the training we developed with the U.S. ED has clear value," said Martin.

The mixed bag of information derived from this survey is extremely useful in the grand scheme of things. "Feedback from our members is critical to our success," said NAPT President Don Carnahan. "We may be able to dig a little deeper here, find a specific issue that needs attention and entice the Education Department to help us again. When our members grasp the full extent of the power and influence they possess, they will guide us in the right direction." more


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