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When: March 5
Time: 11 a.m. - noon, Eastern
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Webinar Description: The focus of this webinar is to educate transportation management and personnel on the health issues of sleep apnea, outlining what sleep apnea is, what's going on in the industry and how to deal with pending guidelines. As you may know, the National Transportation Safety Board has made reducing driver fatigue, which sleep apnea is a major contributor to, part of their "Most Wanted List" of improvements to the transportation industry.
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Free resources for bully prevention
In the next few months, as the school year winds down and we head into the summer, please consider the opportunity to educate youth on the issues surrounding bullying with free resources (outlined below) from the Health Resources and Services Administration.
Available are the following hard-copy resources, perfect for distribution at upcoming workshops and events:
Also available are our new online training modules, designed to provide local leaders the tools and resources to lead bullying prevention efforts in their communities. The full set of training modules can be found at www.StopBullying.gov.
- DVD Toolkits animated webisodes that teach children lessons about what bullying is and how to prevent it; public service announcements; video workshops for professionals in education, health and safety, mental health and other related fields; and an instructor's guide for adults or older youth to use to help teach children about bullying
- Activities Guides a small booklet of creative ideas that youth and adults can use to implement bullying prevention and response efforts
- Comic Books a series of three volumes that illustrate the scenarios presented in the animated webisodes
- Resource Kits dozens of tip sheets with information about the issue of bullying and how various audiences can best address it
- Flash Drives tip sheets and bullying prevention posters, in both English and Spanish
If you have any questions or would like to place an order for hard-copy materials, please contact Stephanie Waties at 202-518-6488 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NAPT PDS & SNT courses available at many upcoming conferences
For NAPT members interested in pursuing career development, certification and recertification, and/or the NAPT Special Needs Endorsement, we will be announcing dates and locations of our course offerings throughout the year.
For anyone that wants to receive NAPT credit for PDS or SNT course offerings at upcoming events, and an official course completion certificate from NAPT, please click on the specific location you are interested in (below). You'll be taken to a registration page that details all the information you need, including a link to the conference site.
TAA (Transportation Administrators of Arizona): TAA Course Web link
VAPT (Virginia Association for Pupil Transportation): VAPT Course Web link
ASTSBC (Association of School Transportation Services of British Columbia): ASTSBC Course Web link
MAPT (Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation): MAPT Course Web link
The NAPT Professional Development Series is the industry's only comprehensive training program designed exclusively for school transportation professionals; offering nearly 40 different courses for the classroom and many are now available online. Visit our website: NAPT PDS page.
The NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training Program was created to encourage individuals involved in school transportation to enhance their knowledge about transporting students with disabilities and promote excellent leadership skills for the community of transportation personnel serving children of all ages with special needs.
For more information, click here: SNT Brochure
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NAPT offers SNT Training Program at 2013 TSD Conference
The 22nd annual Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers National Conference will be held March 8-13, in Frisco, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.
The conference will offer attendees a wide variety of opportunities for learning, including educational sessions, workshops, a trade show and a competitive roadeo for bus drivers and attendants. In addition, the complete NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training Program will be offered on-site. Please check the detailed schedule here and make plans to attend the courses you need.
Those interested in receiving NAPT Special Needs Transportation Endorsement credits may register for the course offerings by visiting, www.naptonline.org/files/SNT-TSDregistrationForm.pdf, to download the "2013 TSD SNT Registration Form."
Any questions regarding the NAPT SNT registration can be directed to NAPT at 800-989-6278 or via email email@example.com.
For more information about the conference please visit the website: www.tsdconference.com/.
NAPT, RTA conference big news in Dubai
NAPT and RTA
Representatives from the National Association for Pupil Transportation and Roads and Transport Authority of the Emirate of Dubai recently held a press event to make official their partnership to improve student transportation in the Middle East and Northern Africa. The organizations are co-hosting an international pupil transportation conference and exhibition focused on "Shaping Sustainable School Transportation with Policy, Attitude and Action," that will be held April 21-23, in Dubai. NAPT members are entitled to a 20 percent discount on the registration fee; the first 25 to register will receive a 50 percent discount on the registration fee.
Click here to view the event's website.
Click here to see the Khaleej Times article.
Click here to see NAPT Board President Alexandra Robinson's remarks.
Transportation training workshop offered at 2013 CEC Annual Convention
The Council for Exceptional Children Annual Convention is offering a pupil transportation workshop that will enable you to gain professional development experience and earn CEU's. Register for one of our full- or half-day preconvention workshops held Wednesday, April 3, in San Antonio, to explore important topics in depth and interact with experts. Register for any preconvention workshop and earn CEUs! (.6 CEU for a full-day workshop and .3 CEU for a half-day workshop.)
WORKSHOP 10: Developing District Plans and Building Programs Around Accessible Transportation (9 a.m. - noon)
Leaders: Mike Martin, National Association for Pupil Transportation, Albany, N.Y.; Alex Robinson, New York City Department of Education, Long Island City; Judy L. Shanley, Easter Seals Transportation Group, Washington, D.C.
This half-day workshop will identify the strategies important to build a coordinated system of transportation education in urban, rural and demographically diverse settings. There is a limited focus on an accessible transportation continuum across pupil transportation and public transportation systems, resulting in students being underprepared to use community transportation. This lack of preparedness is evident when students want to participate in community experiences while they are in school, and becomes especially apparent, when students transition from secondary to postsecondary settings. Pupil and public transportation presenters will model and use interactive tools to assist attendees to develop plans around a transportation continuum.
Workshop registration: $89.00 CEC member rate and $139.00 CEC nonmember rate before March 11.
Advertising likely coming to Jackson school buses
The Asbury Park Press
By next year, yellow school buses might rumble through township streets bearing advertising placards. The Board of Education of the Jackson School District in New Jersey recently approved the first reading of a policy that permits such advertising on the district's fleet of about 150 buses. The motive behind the move is to raise money for the district transportation system, which has faced rising costs in recent years.
'Designated Texter' campaign to curb distracted driving launches in Florida
The Huffington Post
The dangers associated with texting while driving have often been likened to those of drinking and driving. Now, Florida's Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority has taken that comparison a step further with the launch of a "Designated Texter" campaign designed to curb distracted driving. The idea, as the name indicates, is for the person behind the wheel to pass his or her phone off to someone who can respond to text messages while the driver stays focused on the road.
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CISD to receive tax credits for buses
As one of the few school districts in Texas using propane fueled buses, the Conroe Independent School District will benefit from tax credits on those buses in 2012 and 2013. According to the Railroad Commission of Texas, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 will extend the 50-cent-per-gallon tax credit for districts using alternative fuel, like propane, through December 2013. The act also applies retroactively to 2012.
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Psychological effects of bullying can last years
Reuters via Yahoo News
Children who were bullied and acted as bullies themselves were at higher risk for depression, anxiety and panic disorder years down the line, in a new study. Researchers have known that bullying can take a psychological toll on both bullies and victims, but it's been unclear just how long those effects would last.
Florida mom takes school bus safety matters into own hands
A Florida mom is taking bus stop safety into her own hands. She says too many drivers don't stop for the school bus when it's picking up or dropping off students. Armed with a sign and a safety vest, Ann Tomlinson is out every weekday at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to warn drivers they need to stop. For more on this story, follow this link. She says it's the only thing she can do to keep someone from getting hurt.
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Why the school bus never comes in red or green
The New York Times
Why are most school buses yellow? Why not some other color? Why not burnt sienna, like a crayon? Why not light-medium robin's egg blue, like a jewelry box? Why not magma orange, like a Lamborghini? The answer is Frank W. Cyr, a professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, who became known as the "father of the yellow school bus" for research he led in the 1930s.
Woman who drove around bus speaks
An Ohio woman caught on camera driving on the sidewalk to avoid a stopped school bus is speaking out for the first time about her conviction. Recently, lawmakers took a step closer to making the penalties for doing that much stronger. Cleveland city councilman Kevin Conwell, who also heads the council's Safety Committee introduced an emergency ordinance making passing a stopped school bus a more serious offense. "It's the safety of our children, the safety for our children is first thing first and we live through our kids," Conwell told council members.
Researchers find that billboard advertising distracts drivers
In recent years, it's become increasingly clear just how dangerous distracted driving can be. Mobile carriers like AT&T have implemented programs to encourage drivers to stay off their phones while driving, while Verizon is working in Washington to drive legislation to get tough on these distracted drivers. Yet, while we can control the distractions inside of the vehicle, there's still the issue of distractions outside of the car. Billboards line the roadways, pushing everything from hamburgers to surgical weight loss, alcoholic beverages to DUI lawyers. According to a recent paper published in Accident Analysis and Prevention by University of Alberta researchers Michelle Chan and Anthony Singhai, these billboards can invoke different emotions in drivers. These emotions can then, in turn, distract us and affect the way we drive.
FCC ruling could set connected cars and Wi-Fi on collision course
The U.S. government, automakers and safety institutions have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into getting cars talking to each other through an ad hoc Wi-Fi network. It's a large piece of a puzzle that could nearly eliminate car crashes, but an initiative from the FCC could put it in jeopardy. The FCC recently announced plans to open up previously restricted frequency spectra to general Wi-Fi use, although it was originally set aside for vehicle-to-vehicle communications, along with use by government entities such as the FAA. The Intelligent Transportation Society of America is concerned that the federal agency is setting up a collision between competing interests.
Springfield Public Schools completes 'Clean Buses for Kids' program
Springfield Public Schools in Oregon just completed a task more than 6 years in the making. Now all of their school buses are environmentally friendly. If you've ever been near the school buses as they wait for students, you've probably smelled the unpleasant emissions coming from the exhaust pipe. Well, Springfield Public Schools can now proudly say you won't smell any of their buses anymore.
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School choice and children safety: Preventing bullying
The Washington Times
When people think of school choice, they think of parents selecting new, rigorous, challenging schools for their children. For some parents, though, the need for choice isn't just about academics. It's about the safety — both physical and emotional — of their children.
Seat belts likely to be required on tour buses
After years of debate, industry heel dragging and government inaction, most tour bus companies are on track to outfit their vehicles with passenger seat belts in the next few years. The push has come in the wake of data showing that more than 60 percent of fatalities in tour bus accidents take place when the vehicle overturns. Without seat belts, passengers often are thrown from the bus, with deadly consequences.
Do bus-mounted cameras keep students safe?
The Marietta Daily Journal
Police say the new hidden cameras on the sides of Cobb, Ga., school buses are working to keep students safer. The citations written as a result of the cameras are also generating new revenue for the county. In a one-day test in January, Cobb School District bus drivers reported 400 drivers illegally passing the buses, said Lt. Hawk Hagebak with the Cobb Police Department's Traffic Services Unit. That is down from 1,600 violators in a 2011 test and 900 in a one-day test last year.
Study finds increase in mothers who drive distracted
Data collected from surveying more than 2,000 women suggests a growing number of new moms give in to distractions behind the wheel. "So many people are distracted driving and certainly with new moms with children in the car with them perhaps lack of sleep, crying babies, or even happy babies can be distracting," states John Ezell, Freeman Intern Director for Emergency Services. The study, conducted by child protection advocacy group "Safe Kids Worldwide", shows 78 percent of mothers with children under the age of 2 admit to talking on the phone while driving with their babies.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org today! To learn more about the new NAPT Special Needs Training program click here.
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