Safety & Security

Industry Still in Limbo on TSA Report

Final report will not be available until October

Although the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has put its final touches on the national public school bus fleet vulnerability threat assessment, it will be a several weeks before Congress and the school bus industry gets its hands on it. As part of the Implementing the Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007, the TSA has 60 days from when the report was completed until it actually must be submitted to Congress.

STOP Does NOT Mean Proceed with Caution

Illegal passing of school buses has emerged as one of the major problems in school bus safety. Both Dateline/NBC and CNN’s Evening News Show examined the subject earlier this year in national broadcasts. Indeed, recent years have seen numerous studies and state-wide efforts to chronicle the number of pass bys, with commensurate efforts at enforcing laws that prohibits the practice.

Districts Ease School Zone Traffic Congestion

In conjunction with Contra Costa County and the cities of Danville and San Ramon, the San Ramon Valley Unified School District in California is working to formulate a traffic congestion relief program around its school zone. Among the mitigation measures to be implemented is an expanded school bus transportation system designed to ultimately cut down on the number of cars on local roadways. The initiative, which is funded by Measure J – a 25-year extension of a half-cent sales tax, will have additional school buses in operation in 2009, said Tai Williams, transportation services manager for Danville. The scope of the program and how many students it will serve is still in development.

In the Vortex

How can school bus operations best prepare for a tornado?

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When a tornado is forming, there is little time to make life and death decisions. Finding oneself in the path of a tornado is one of the worst situations a school bus driver could face. The best defense for employees is to become a weather watcher. Advance planning and quick response are the keys to surviving. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service provides an up- to-date resource for weather-related conditions:

Making it Work

New York school bus driver markets new FMVSS-compliant mirror for supplemental third loading/unloading stop arm

Gloria Buley first sketched her idea for a stop arm safety mirror while sitting in a 1999 New York State 40-hour safety course. Now, after seven years of pouring her time, energy and money into her invention, the 42-year-old mother of two teenage boys is closer to seeing her idea become a reality.

Being Prepared for the Unexpected

Roll overs, terrorists, natural disasters and weapons — school districts are staying ahead of the curve to keep students safe.

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Emergency situations can come in many forms: a tornado tearing a path through the middle of town, a gun-wielding criminal who sees the yellow bus and decides to use it as a getaway car, or an overturned school bus filled with children who have no idea what to do to get to safety.