NAPT said 46 student transporters nationwide have now completed the association's Special Needs Training (SNT) Program, after six individuals of which five hail from Colorado recently achieved their endorsements.
Four of those individuals are employees at Adams 12 Five Star Schools in Thorton, Colo., outside of Denver. They are schedulers/dispatchers Velma Henderson and Anjie Williams and trainers Bob Spratte and Leonard Woofter. The other Colorado transporter to compete his SNT certification is William Salaz, a driver and trainer for Adams School District 14 in Commerce, Colo.
Robert Hare, a safety officer with the District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties in Irmo, S.C., also completed the program, which consists of a core curriculum of six special needs courses and two electives from NAPT's Professional Development Series.
All six of the required NAPT SNT Program special needs courses are offered in March at the TSD Conference in Frisco, Texas. They are: "Basics of Special Needs" (SNT 101), "NHTSA Child Passenger Safety on School Buses" training (SNT 102), National Special Needs Team Roadeo (SNT 103), TSD Trade Show (SNT 104), "Autism Behavior and Inventions That Work" (SNT 105), and either "Punished, Protected, or Prisoner: Restraint Considerations in Law, Operations and Practice" or "Can We Do This: Parsing Grey Areas in Special Needs Transportation" (SNT 106).
More information on the TSD Conference agenda is online.