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Categories: Management, Safety
5 Questions: Tammy Knipp on Bolstering School Bus Oversight in Tennessee

Dr. Tammy Knipp, Tennessee's state director of student transportation, discusses her background and her role in overseeing school bus safety, training...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10009593/5-questions-tammy-knipp-on-bolstering-school-bus-oversight-in-tennessee
Categories: Management, Safety
5 Questions: Tammy Knipp on Bolstering School Bus Oversight in Tennessee

Dr. Tammy Knipp, Tennessee's state director of student transportation, discusses her background and her role in overseeing school bus safety, training...

https://www.globalfleetmanagement.com/10009593/5-questions-tammy-knipp-on-bolstering-school-bus-oversight-in-tennessee
Categories: Management, Safety
‘Invisible Bus’ Presentation Spotlights School Bus Safety for Gas Company Drivers

Invited to address truck drivers and other staff at Intermountain Gas Co., an Idaho student transportation expert explains the importance of stopping for...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10040988/invisible-bus-presentation-spotlights-school-bus-safety-for-gas-company-drivers
Categories: Management, Safety
Police: Student Makes False Bomb Threat on School Bus

After a threat is called in, the driver pulls over, and a bomb squad clears the bus. Massachusetts police say a student will be charged.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10040994/police-student-makes-false-bomb-threat-on-school-bus
Categories: Management, Safety

April Christopher faces a misdemeanor charge for a 2016 crash in which she made a left turn and struck an oncoming vehicle, investigators say. 

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041059/school-bus-driver-indicted-in-traffic-death-in-tennessee
Categories: Management, Safety, Special Needs Transportation
Q’Straint Launches Online Training Course for Wheelchair Securement

The new “Securement 101” course covers safety and liability, equipment operation, and securing wheelchairs and occupants.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041112/qstraint-launches-online-training-course-for-wheelchair-securement
Categories: Management, Safety
School Bus Fire Demo Highlights Need for Preparedness

A training event at Stafford County (Va.) Public Schools shows drivers the importance of school bus evacuation training. The concept will come to the NAPT...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041125/school-bus-fire-demo-highlights-need-for-preparedness
Categories: Management, Safety

Police in Virginia say that the school bus struck the stopped landscaping truck and a worker from behind.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041158/school-bus-driver-charged-in-fatal-crash-with-landscaping-truck
Categories: Management, Safety
Virginia District Adds 3-Point Belts to New School Buses

Although the state doesn’t require them, Henrico County has begun equipping its new buses with lap-shoulder restraints. Director Josh Davis share...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041259/virginia-district-adds-3-point-belts-to-new-school-buses
Categories: Management, Safety

The motorists reportedly accuse a student of making a rude gesture. The bus driver is fired for not following district policy, officials say.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041281/suv-stops-indiana-school-bus-2-people-step-aboard
Categories: Management, Safety
Gun Comments on School Buses Trigger Police Response

Bus incidents in four states reveal a heightened level of vigilance after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041336/gun-comments-on-school-buses-trigger-police-response
Categories: Management, Safety, Special Needs Transportation
Q’Straint Offers Training Webinar Series

The sessions provide guidance on securing bus passengers who use wheelchairs.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041362/qstraint-offers-training-webinar-series
Categories: Safety
6 of 8 School Bus Stop Fatalities Caused by Other Vehicles in 2016-17

The latest national report shows that for three of the six passing vehicle fatalities, the bus had not yet fully stopped, so the red lights and stop arm...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041383/6-of-8-school-bus-stop-fatalities-caused-by-other-vehicles-in-2016-17
Categories: Safety, Special Needs Transportation
New York Clears Contracted School Bus Drivers to Use EpiPens

School bus drivers who work for contractors in the state can now administer epinephrine auto-injectors for students who have allergy attacks.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041431/new-york-clears-contracted-school-bus-drivers-to-use-epipens
Categories: Management, Safety

The former NYAPT president and district director will manage the 19-A program and personnel for the Pupil Transportation Safety Institute.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041466/ptsi-hires-pupil-transportation-veteran-david-christopher
Struck-by-Bus Fatalities Are a Prime Target

Federal statistics show that more students outside the school bus are killed by the bus itself than by other vehicles.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003381/struck-by-bus-fatalities-are-a-prime-target
Categories: Management, Safety, Special Needs Transportation

Police say they believe that Tyra Wilcox was speeding when she lost control of her bus, which flipped onto its side.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041518/maryland-police-find-school-bus-driver-at-fault-in-rollover-crash
Categories: Management, Safety
NASDPTS Conference to Cover 3-Point Belts, School Bus Driver Oversight

The state pupil transportation directors’ event will also address driver tablets, education reform, and federal agency developments.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041553/nasdpts-conference-to-cover-3-point-belts-school-bus-driver-oversight
Categories: Management, Safety
New York State Director Mary Sansaricq Worked to Boost Training, Safety Standards

Sansaricq’s passing follows complications from a recent surgery. She had served as New York’s state pupil transportation director for the past...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041588/new-york-state-director-mary-sansaricq-worked-to-boost-training-safety-standards
Categories: Management, Safety
Survey Shows Breadth of Back-to-School Prep for School Transportation

New York Association for Pupil Transportation members cite a variety of summer tasks, from recruiting new school bus drivers to finalizing routes.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041630/survey-shows-breadth-of-back-to-school-prep-for-school-transportation
Categories: Management, Safety
Transportation Team Preps for School Start With Training Game Show

At San Antonio ISD, more than 350 transportation employees take part in two days of training, including a “Family Feud” session with safety...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041645/transportation-team-preps-for-school-start-with-training-game-show
Categories: Management, Safety
Winners Named in School Bus Driver International Safety Competition

David Mansfield of Minnesota, Billy Wiseman of West Virginia, and Hannah Beard of Missouri place first in the competition’s three school bus categories.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041681/winners-named-in-school-bus-driver-international-safety-competition
Don’t Rule Out Drivers Under 25

The school bus industry needs more young people, not fewer, to carry on the work of safely transporting our nation’s future.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003389/dont-rule-out-drivers-under-25
Categories: Management, Safety
Tennessee Raises Minimum Age for School Bus Drivers, Boosts Oversight

Under a bill signed by the governor, new school bus drivers in Tennessee will have to be at least 25 years old. The bill also mandates state standards for...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041762/tennessee-raises-minimum-age-for-school-bus-drivers-boosts-oversight
Categories: Management, Safety
Logging Truck Pass-By Becomes Safety Lesson

After a loaded logging truck failed to stop for a school bus in Alberta, the local transportation director took a powerful message to the mill’s...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041827/logging-truck-pass-by-becomes-safety-lesson
Categories: Management, Safety
Texas Transportation Director Carl Cater to Retire

Cater, the director of transportation for Allen Independent School District, has been recognized for school bus driver training programs and security efforts.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041825/texas-transportation-director-carl-cater-to-retire
Categories: Management, Safety

A dozen junior high track athletes are injured when their school bus overturns on an Idaho highway.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041826/police-driver-overcorrected-in-school-bus-rollover
Categories: Management, Safety
Angie Ortiz: School Bus Competitions Contribute to Student Safety

Training for safety competitions was a demanding endeavor for driver-turned-teacher Angie Ortiz, but the hard work paid off by helping her keep her...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041833/angie-ortiz-school-bus-competitions-contribute-to-student-safety
How School Bus Driving Champ Larry Hannon Prepares for Safety Competitions

With the coming of “roadeo” season, we spotlight drivers who have taken part in the School Bus Driver International Safety Competition. First up...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003396/how-school-bus-driving-champ-larry-hannon-prepares-for-safety-competitions
Categories: Management, Safety, Special Needs Transportation
Oregon Workshop Targets Student Management

Behavior on the bus, autism, and bullying prevention are among the topics covered in an OPTA training event.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041917/oregon-workshop-targets-student-management
Categories: Management, Safety
Tennessee Legislators Target School Bus Safety

One bill would require seat belts on school buses in Tennessee. Other proposals aim to raise the state’s minimum age for school bus drivers and...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041950/tennessee-legislators-target-school-bus-safety
Categories: Management, Safety
Larry Sherrill Helped Shape School Bus Driver Training

Sherrill, a longtime instructor for California’s Office of School Transportation, was instrumental in the development of a behind-the-wheel guide for...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041975/larry-sherrill-helped-shape-school-bus-driver-training
Categories: Maintenance, Management, Safety
GAO Issues Report on School Bus Safety

The report analyzes 15 years of crash data and surveys states’ requirements for school bus inspections and driver training.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10041985/gao-issues-report-on-school-bus-safety
Categories: Management, Safety
Editors’ Picks: Photo Galleries of the Year

Among School Bus Fleet’s web highlights in 2016 were these two popular galleries, which showcased photos of historical school buses and an innovative...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042026/editors-picks-photo-galleries-of-the-year
Categories: Management, Safety
Arkansas State Director Mike Simmons to Take On ‘New Adventure’

Simmons will step down after more than 16 years as the state’s pupil transportation director, a role in which he worked to bolster school bus...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042035/arkansas-state-director-mike-simmons-to-take-on-new-adventure
Categories: Management, Safety
Feds Set Training Standards for New Bus, Truck Drivers

The new FMCSA final rule applies to drivers seeking a CDL or endorsements, including a school bus endorsement.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042039/feds-set-training-standards-for-new-bus-truck-drivers
Categories: Management, Safety
School Bus Driver Hailed for Actions as Shots Fired Near Bus

As two students in Marietta, Georgia, are exiting their bus, the driver sees a man shooting a gun nearby and brings the students back on board. The shooter...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042077/school-bus-driver-hailed-for-actions-as-shots-fired-near-bus
Categories: Management, Safety, Special Needs Transportation
Mother Gives Insights on Transporting Students With Service Animals

Kimberly Bish, whose daughter Danielle has a seizure assistance dog, discusses her training efforts with Ohio school bus drivers.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042103/mother-gives-insights-on-transporting-students-with-service-animals
Categories: Management, Safety
Ingrid Reitano Named <I>SBF</i>’s Administrator of the Year

Whether it’s solving school bus challenges, confronting a state association crisis, or fighting cancer (twice), New Jersey’s Reitano has...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042110/ingrid-reitano-named-isbf-is-administrator-of-the-year
Categories: Management, Safety
School Bus Driver Recounts Fire Evacuation, Gets Big Gift on ‘Ellen’ Show

In the weeks since she evacuated her passengers from a bus fire, Renita Smith has been lauded by students, school officials, and others. Now, Ellen...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042170/school-bus-driver-recounts-fire-evacuation-gets-big-gift-on-ellen-show
Categories: Management, Safety
FedEx Truck Driver Charged in Confrontation With School Bus

Police in New Jersey say that the FedEx truck driver attempted to force the school bus off of the road as the bus driver tried to illegally pass him.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042174/fedex-truck-driver-charged-in-confrontation-with-school-bus
Categories: Management, Safety, Special Needs Transportation
New Jersey Launches Special-Needs Transportation Training

All school bus drivers and aides in the state have to go through the training program, which was mandated by a bill passed last year.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042178/new-jersey-launches-special-needs-transportation-training
Categories: Management, Safety
2 Accused of Threatening School Bus Riders With Firearms

At a bus stop in Lafayette, Louisiana, police say that a 19-year-old and a 15-year-old pulled out guns and pointed them at the bus.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042189/2-accused-of-threatening-school-bus-riders-with-firearms
Categories: Maintenance, Management, Safety
Driver Evacuates 20 Students From School Bus Fire

Maryland bus driver Renita Smith is hailed for getting her elementary school passengers to safety before the bus becomes fully engulfed.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042213/driver-evacuates-20-students-from-school-bus-fire
Categories: Management, Safety
Washington State Director Allan Jones to Retire

Jones, who began his pupil transportation career as a school bus driver nearly 40 years ago, will step down as state director at the end of September.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042252/washington-state-director-allan-jones-to-retire
Categories: Management, Safety
Florida District Trains 1,600 Transportation Employees

Hillsborough County Public Schools’ back-to-school training event covers such topics as customer service and “How Not to Be Confined by Your...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042258/florida-district-trains-1-600-transportation-employees
Is There a Student Hiding on Your Bus?

A school bus driver and attendant allegedly left a 13-year-old boy on their bus twice, but the charges against them were ultimately dropped. The attendant...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003411/is-there-a-student-hiding-on-your-bus
Categories: Management, Safety

Kari Anderson of Oakdale Joint Unified School District is named one of six Classified School Employees of the Year in California.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042334/california-school-bus-driver-trainer-wins-state-award
Categories: Maintenance, Management
School Bus Drivers, Technicians Compete in Colorado

The Colorado State Pupil Transportation Association holds its technician contest and school bus roadeo, with the top competitors advancing to nationals.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042349/school-bus-drivers-technicians-compete-in-colorado
Categories: Management, Safety
Longtime Delaware State Director Ron Love to Retire

In his 20 years of overseeing pupil transportation in the state, Love has worked to standardize school bus driver training and build centralized systems for...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10042462/longtime-delaware-state-director-ron-love-to-retire


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