Day two of the National Pupil Transportation Association Summit, and day one of the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services Conference, proved to be exciting and thought-provoking.
The biggest event on Saturday was a series of live evacuation exercises held at the Lee Summit Fire Department, half an hour from downtown Kansas City. Two school buses were set on fire, while a third was used to time volunteers on exit times, with and without seat belts. Look for more details on this event in the STN Show Reporter, which will be available online shortly.
Competitors for the titles of America’s Best School Bus Technician and Inspector particpated in trainings and exams at Lee’s Summit R7 School District.
Additionally, both NAPT and NASDPTS attendees heard Dr. Joseph O’Neil, professor of clinical pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine, explain more about the new American Academy of Pediatrics best-practice paper on the transportation of students with special needs. Other NAPT sessions were on topics such as: lessons learned from case law, how on-demand services affect transportation, purchasing vs. leasing buses, and analyzing the driver shortage.