FRISCO, TEXAS — The 2018 TSD Conference opened on Friday with several hands-on training sessions for transporters of students with disabilities and preschoolers for regular attendees and roadeo participants.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration eight-hour training seminar, Child Passenger Safety Restraints on School Buses, demonstrated proper securement techniques for special needs students and younger preschoolers. Transporters also received further tutelage from wheelchair securement manufacturer and trainer Q’Straint/Sure-Lok, as well as BESI, Inc.
Other sessions Friday included “Emergency Evacuation Planning for Students with Special Needs & Preschooler,” a comprehensive, two-hour workshp on planning for emergencies, and “Bus in the Classroom,” a four-hour overview of the necessary steps transporters need to take to implement a student school bus safety, plus life-skills program that fosters independence.
The centerpiece of day one was an opening general session featuring TSD Conference Tenured Faculty. The panel discussion focused on the past, present and future of student transportation under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Also discussed was how attendees could best use the week of training ahead of them to address challenges in their home operations.
View the day’s photo gallery, below: