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Occupant and Fire Safety Top Concerns in Investigation of Fatal Motorcoach Crash

Though more details have emerged this week about the fatal truck–motorcoach crash in northern California, officials maintain that it could take months to determine the cause of the fiery collision. [Read more]

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STN EXPO Keynote to Discuss How School Bus Fosters Education Equity

Author, educator and sociologist Peter Cookson will keynote a July 29 morning session at the STN EXPO on why the school bus is a model for how students nationwide should be able to receive an equitable and accessible public education, no matter their race or socioeconomic status. [Read more]

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NASDPTS Publishes Position Supporting 3-point Seat Belts on all School Buses

NASDPTS followed up on an executive board vote in October to update its position on school bus lap-shoulder seat belts with a paper that outlines its new full support for the implementation of occupant restraint systems, as long as student ridership is not impacted. [Read more]

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Updated: 'Safe Routes' Webinar Covers District Liability With Crossing Guard, Walking Bus Programs

A 6-year-old walking to school in the Bronx was struck and injured by a school bus this month at an intersection normally manned by a crossing guard. School officials said the regular guard called in sick and the replacement guard showed up over an hour later, after the accident. [Read more]


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With Sex-Abuse Liability Claims on the Rise, Experts Recommend Protection — and Prevention

The verdict is in: School districts can be held liable for the criminal behavior of bus drivers and aides who abuse students in their charge. In recent news reports about sexual-abuse lawsuits involving the Olympia (Wash.), North Branch (Minn.) and Newburgh (N.Y.) School Districts, the operative terms are “negligent” and “failed to prevent.”

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Talking Shop: Veteran Parts, Inventory Specialist Brings Women's Touch to Garage

Tens of thousands of females nationwide are school bus drivers, routers, dispatchers, trainers, supervisors and directors. But few work in the garage. For the past 30 years, Aneliese Hessekiel has helped grease the wheels of student transportation in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley.

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A Day in the Life: Three Women Discuss Their Daily Duties as School Bus Mechanics

Dawn Lair manages a fleet of eight school buses, four vans, three cars and five trucks in the Live Oak Unified School District in northern California. She is one of three women profiled in our March magazine edition.

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