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2020 Daily Workshop Details

As of 3/11/20. Subject to change.

Friday, March 20

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Frisco 6
NHTSA Child Passenger Safety Restraint Training
Specialized Training
Instructors: Kathy Anneken, Fred Doelker, Denise Donaldson, Miriam Manary, David Murphy, Susan Shutrump & Charlie Vits
This training session that is approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration teaches the proper securement of preschool-aged children in appropriate child safety restraint systems (CSRS) on school bus seats. It provides the basic rules of proper CSRS usage and illustrates the most common mistakes made when installing CSRS in school buses. Continuing education units (5.5 CEUs) are approved by Safe Kids Worldwide for all registered attendees who complete the course work.

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Frisco 1
BESI Securement Training
Receive instruction from Besi, Inc. representatives on proper child passenger securement in school buses. This is a refresher class for TSD Roadeo contestants and main conference attendees.

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Frisco 8
Dispatch – The Pulse of Special Needs Transportation
Specialized Training
Instructor: Maria Carocci
This workshop will check the pulse of your operation’s dispatch to determine what is needed—life support or just a bandage? Being a transportation dispatcher can be a stressful job. However, it sets the stage for either organizational health or catastrophe. This interactive, four-hour workshop is built around the concept of the dispatcher as the pulse of your organization—the lifeblood of what you do. Dispatch controls information to and from the front-line staff who transport students with special needs. This interactive workshop will focus on time management and response to emergencies. It will also share how to improve communication using two-way radios and telephones, as well as via written and personal communications. Identify the specific challenges to communication when transporting students with special needs. Learn techniques to improve customer service and build positive relationships with your customers. Develop effective documentation, and establish and maintain positive staff morale. The case studies used in this workshop will allow the participant to practice what they have learned, network with other dispatch professionals, and walk away with real-world considerations and techniques to improve the health of your organization through effective dispatch practices.

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Frisco 1
Q’STRAINT Securement Training
Receive instruction from Q’STRAINT/Sure-Lok representatives on proper securement of wheelchairs in school buses. This is a refresher class for TSD Roadeo contestants and main conference attendees.

Saturday, March 21

7:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. | Frisco 1
Navigating the Coronavirus
General Session
Speakers: Dr. Stephen Sroka (invited); Fire Chief Mark Piland, Frisco Fire Department; Cody Cox, Community ISD in Texas; Ryan Hahn, industry consultant; Bill Hughes, Brulin Industrial Solutions
Join a special panel of student transportation experts as they discuss and demonstrate how districts are responding to the COVID-19 virus breakout to keep their students and employees safe, and their communities informed.
Complimentary coffee and pastries available.

9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. | Frisco 1
Managing Shared Services & Contractors
Law & Policy
Facilitator: Peggy Burns
Panelists: John Benish, Fred Doelker & Debbie Rike
The success of transportation operations for students with special needs depends largely on those charged with the responsibility of administering the school transportation program. This panel discussion, led by a special needs legal expert, will focus on the collaborative efforts of school districts and private transportation contractors that are necessary to provide oversight of transportation services, ongoing training, and compliance with state and federal rules and regulations.

9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. | Ranger/Sea Biscuit/Traveller
Lessons Learned from Wheelchair Crash-Test Research
Operations & Safety
Presenter: Miriam Manary
Learn the “whys” behind the proper use of wheelchair tie-downs and occupant protection systems. This session will give participants insights into the importance of best practices in wheelchair transportation safety, and it will show crash videos that document the consequences of misuse. The content offers new ways to explain the importance of “doing it right” to colleagues, students and families.

9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. | Frisco 3
Head Starts & Early Childhood Transportation Forum
Leadership and Collaboration
Presenter: Jay Thurber
Join a discussion with Head Start transporters at agencies and school districts to share information and resources, as well as answer questions and promote transparency to increase safety and convenience for student riders and their families.

10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Hands-on School Bus Evacuations for Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers (at Frisco ISD)
Track: Specialized Training
Instructors: Denny Coughlin, Launi Harden, Aaron Harris & Russell Newbold
This comprehensive event held at Frisco ISD features classroom learning and hands-on training on properly and safely planning for the evacuation of students with special needs and preschoolers during an emergency. Attendees will work through best practices for creating an evacuation plan. This includes the identification of disabilities, the training necessary for dispatch and more. The event will then move outside to four stations for hands-on training: belt-cutting and drag blankets; fire extinguishers; familiarization with the bus and manual wheelchair lift; and a timed evacuation drill that will test attendees’ abilities to evacuate “students” secured in CSRS and wheelchairs, all while the bus is filled with “smoke” via a fog machine. A debrief of the exercises will follow. (Lunch and transportation are included with registration.)

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Frisco 1
PBIS on the Bus and Creating Behavior Plans
Operations & Safety
Presenter: Jill Metcalfe
Learning how to use positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS) on the school bus will assist transportation staff on how to interact and build a good working relationship with students who have emotional behavior disorders (EBD). Attendees will learn how to teach EBD students “Positive Bus Expectations,” and the bus staff will learn how to recognize the students for following the expectations.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Ranger/Sea Biscuit/Traveller
What First-Time Transportation Directors Need to Know About Special Education
Law & Policy
Presenter: Pete Meslin
Are you a recent school building principal who is new to student transportation? Even if you were a hands-on administrator who worked with the transportation department, there are many nuances to learn about school bus operations, regulations, training, driver certifications and more. The learning curve is even steeper with regard to transporting students with disabilities. And if you’re brand-new to a school setting, you really have your work cut out for you. This session provides an overview of what it means to be a student transportation director who is suddenly in charge of providing service for our most vulnerable student population. It also provides a good starting point for the more in-depth seminar, “Understanding the Foundations of Special Needs Transportation.”

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Frisco 3
Using ‘MyPeers’ Head Start Resources
Leadership & Collaboration
Presenter: Steve Russell
MyPeers is an online resource available to all Head Start transporters to assist them with understanding federal requirements and implementing improvements into the operations. It acts as a supplement to the Early Childhood Knowledge and Learning Center (ECLCK). Learn more about this community and how you can utilize it.

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | North Parking Lot
IEE Sensing Child Detection Product Demo
IEE Sensing Inc. introduces LiDASLife Detection Assistance System. LiDAS utilizes IEE radar technology with the primary purpose being to detect children inadvertently left behind on school buses and vans.  Some of the unique features of LiDAS technology are that the sensors are not dependent on interior lighting, not affected by temperature and the seats appear invisible.  So, if a child falls asleep and slides under the seat completely out of sight, the child will be found by LiDAS no matter if it is summer or winter, and the cabin of the vehicle is completely dark.  Upon detection, LiDAS utilizes a notification strategy by sending an SMS to the predetermined, appropriate personnel for resolution of the life detected occurrence.

2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Frisco 1
Understanding the Foundations of Special Needs Transportation
Operations & Safety
Facilitator: Kathleen Furneaux
Panelists: John Benish & Julie Jilek
This informative panel of experienced industry experts will explore “why we do what we do” to provide safe and effective transportation to our most vulnerable students. Interactive discussions will focus on the foundations of IDEA and regulations, collaboration with special educators and operations.

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Ranger/Sea Biscuit/Traveller
Students with Autism: Tips and Tricks for Building Resiliency
Law & Policy
Presenter: Terri Drca
Participants will explore autism and the types of behavior that can be triggered on the school bus, as well as obtain practical strategies and innovative, evidence-based approaches to help students recover quickly from difficulties and regulate their emotions in a sensory-filled environment.

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Frisco 3
Utilizing Technology to Address Student Ridership Challenges
Leadership & Collaboration
Facilitator: Tony Corpin
Panelists: Greg Jackson, Jeffco Public Schools in Colorado; Gina McDuffie, Treker; Kevin Mest Zonar Systems; Richard Papa, TripSpark; Kimberly Rentner, Tyler Technologies
This workshop will discuss the methodology of adding technology into special needs operations. It will be a 30,000-foot overview of how tablets, student tracking and other on-board school bus technologies can assist student transporters with better servicing this student population, as well as meeting state and federal requirements. Learn how to make purchasing decisions, implement pilot programs, create training modules and more. The audience will discuss specific items to look for in various areas.

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. | Frisco 3
No Yellow Bus? Now What? Exploring Alternative Transportation Options for Students with Special Needs
Law & Policy
Facilitator: Charlie Hood
Presenters: Jeff Miles, Josh Rice & Cathy Staggs
While we want the unparalleled safety record of the school bus to guide transportation services for all students, sometimes the yellow vehicle is not a feasible, cost-efficient option. Several other contracted options exist, more than ever before, but it’s vital that student transporters understand what is entailed when working with these companies. What about liability and insurance? Driver training and background checks? Vehicle safety, inspections and maintenance? Driver familiarity with the students and their individual needs? These are just some of the questions that school districts should be asking before selecting a nonyellow school bus service, whether it be paratransit, taxi cabs, “alternate” student transportation providers, or the new transportation network companies, also known as rideshare. Join a panel of student transportation experts as they discuss the homework that school districts must perform to determine the safest and most cost-effective alternatives for transporting students from home to school, or to special services that are required by the individualized education program, that also comply with federal, state and local laws and regulations. How do you ensure that contracts with providers include sufficient safeguards that are monitored and enforced?

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. | Ranger/Sea Biscuit/Traveller
Your New Best Friend: How a Child Passenger Technician Can Help Student Transporters
Leadership & Collaboration
Presenters: Denise Donaldson & Jackie Stackhouse Leach
Did you know that the federal government has a standardized curriculum to train individuals about crash dynamics and how to use child restraints properly to best protect children? And that these 42,000-plus certified child passenger safety technicians are able and eager to help anyone in the public, including student transporters? In this session, we’ll cover the many reasons your organization would benefit by collaborating with a technician, and how to find one in your area.

Sunday, March 22

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Frisco 2
Creating the Home Field Advantage
General Session
Presenter: Patrick Mulick
Students with disabilities need to be supported by adults who are passionate about their work. Are you ready to ignite that passion in your team? Maximize your impact by creating the home field advantage in which your colleagues and students can win! Through inspiring stories, engaging team building activities, and memorable metaphors, Patrick brings home for transportation staff the idea of “being extraordinary.”

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Frisco 1
Creating Special Needs and Preschool School Bus Evacuation Plans
Operations & Safety
Presenters: Launi Harden, Denny Coughlin, Aaron Harris & Russell Newbold
Learn or review the necessary components of evacuation plans for students with special needs and preschoolers, based on industry best practices. Lessons learned from the previous day’s hands-on evacuation drills and training will also be shared.

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Ranger/Sea Biscuit/Traveller
Crisis Planning for Special Needs Transportation
Leadership & Collaboration
Presenter: Julie Jilek
Transportation disaster preparedness and emergency response plans are typically designed for individuals without disabilities, and often the needs of students with disabilities are overlooked. This session will focus on how transportation carriers and school districts can work together to prepare for and respond to a variety of emergency and crisis situations, to ensure the safety of students with special needs.

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Frisco 1
Establishing Effective Interdisciplinary Team Training Programs
OT/PT/Transporter Forum
Presenters: Laura Blankenship, Fred Doelker, Mariam Manary, Susan Shutrump & Chris Yarber
Effective training programs are taught by team members with varied expertise using multi-faceted instructional modes. Panelists will share resources and strategies that support different learning styles and instruction that goes beyond memorization to developing vital on-the-job skills.

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Ranger/Sea Biscuit/Traveller
LRE, Mainstreaming and Curb-to-Curb Service
Law & Policy
Facilitator: Peggy Burns
Panelists: Pete Meslin & Cathy Staggs
The “Least Restrictive Environment” requirement under IDEA was established to ensure that students with disabilities are to be given every chance to succeed as their nondisabled counterparts, in addition to promoting lifelong independence, to the extent that is appropriate for each. For the related service of transportation, this means that strategies must be identified, arrangements must be made, and training provided throughout a student’s educational career, to eventually transition them from the curb-to-curb pick-up and drop-off service provided during their early years, to “mainstreamed” school bus boarding procedures, whenever and wherever possible. This panel, which is facilitated by a special needs transportation legal expert, brings together a transportation director, special needs trainer and a special educator to discuss strategies for introducing LRE not only into a student’s bus ride but how they prepare to board and exit the bus.

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Frisco 3
Bridging the Gap – Sponsored by First Student
Leadership & Collaboration
Presenters: Dr. Allison Blackburn, Laura Greene-Halley, Will McDermott & Lisa Riveros
A panel discussion that is sponsored by First Student on providing tools for transporting students with disabilities. The panel will feature four key experts who work with students in special populations. The panel features Dr. Allison Blackburn, a behavioral psychology clinician from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital who works with students with developmental disabilities, and helps develop behavioral intervention tools and techniques. Joining Dr. Blackburn will be Lisa Riveros, director of transportation for Wichita Public Schools in Kansas; Laura Greene-Halley, director of BeSafe and Transporting Passengers with Disabilities for FirstGroup America; and Will McDermott, president of Hopewell Transportation and the former principal of Hopewell and Bridgepoint Academies in Illinois. Our panelists will discuss their experiences, and the tools and techniques they have found helpful in serving students who have developmental disabilities and behavior management struggles.

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Frisco 3
Length of Ride Time in Special Needs and Preschool Transportation
Law & Policy
Facilitator: Cathy Staggs
Panelists: Anthony Pollard, Debbie Rike & Peggy Stone
The length of ride time for students with disabilities and preschool students has been and continues to be a challenging issue for school districts across the country. We sometimes must transport students long distances from their homes to receive specialized services. And yet the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) deems it discrimination if these students have longer ride times than those of their typical peers. How can we provide transportation to necessary services, making sure not to shorten their school day and still be good stewards of taxpayer money? How long is too long? Come share in a discussion with the panelists, who have experience with this issue from positions similar to yours, and let’s try to figure it out together.

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Ranger/Sea Biscuit/Traveller
Ensuring Driver and Attendant Job Descriptions Match the Service Provided
Leadership & Collaboration
Facilitator: Alexandra Robinson
Panelists: Kenny Mulder & Rebecca Sykes
The essential daily functions of any employee are important, but when it comes to drivers and attendants, our “vagueness” doesn’t help! This session will explore the challenges and confusion that are often present with the necessary functions of drivers and attendants. A successful leader knows not everything can be “other duties as assigned.” Clarity of communication and training are essential when matching skill sets with the needs of our most fragile passengers.

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Frisco 1
Overcoming Perplexing Challenges in Transporting Students with Disabilities
OT/PT/Transporter Forum
Presenters: Laura Blankenship, Fred Doelker, Miriam Manary, Susan Shutrump & Chris Yarber
In this integrative session, panelists and participants will work together to brainstorm solutions to challenging issues. Share your concerns and see what the group comes up with to answer your most difficult securement and positioning questions.

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Trade Show Sneak Peek Preview Reception in the Exhibit Hall

Monday, March 23

8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. | Frisco 1
Mental Health First Aid on the School Bus
General Session
Presenter: Adam Sáenz
Merge the worlds of driving a school bus and psychology with this talk from a leading expert on mental health for students. The underlying presence of emotional intelligence, or EQ, is the best resilience factor for mental illness. School bus drivers literally hold the keys to creating a safe environment for their students. At the same time, they need tools to keep themselves both safe and sane. Learn the four things you can do to build relationships with kids on buses that ensure you are a good buffering zone for their and your best mental health.

9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Trade Show and Lunch
2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Ranger/Sea Biscuit/Traveller

Relationship-based Behavioral Intervention and De-escalation
Operations & Safety
Presenter: Adam Sáenz
Especially when working with children who have emotional needs, what do you do to keep them safe on the school bus? Can you recognize when “it” is about to happen? Stop it before it happens. Early intervention for emotional volatile behavior/outbursts on the school bus requires preparation, training, understanding and teamwork. Learn strategies from a leading child psychologist.

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Frisco 1
Impact on the Ride: Knowing and Understanding 13 Student Disabilities/Characteristics
Law & Policy
Facilitator: Peggy Burns
Panelists: Laura Blankenship, Angela McDonald, Julie Jilek & Marisa Weisinger
IDEA recognizes 13 disability categories that apply to 3- through 21-year-old students who are eligible for services, including transportation. Do you and your team know them, not to mention grasp what each one means? The latter can differ from student to student, so it’s vital that you provide practical information to school bus drivers and monitors around a full scope of how these traits can manifest themselves in a transportation setting. More importantly, how do you ensure compliance with that training to increase student safety and keep yourself out of court?

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Frisco 3
CDL vs. Non-CDL: Strategies on Combat the Driver Shortage
Leadership & Collaboration
Facilitator: Alexandra Robinson
Panelists: Kenny Mulder & Rebecca Sykes
Recruitment and retention of school bus drivers are at a critical crossroads, so innovation is key. Come strategize and explore with us as our panel discusses creativity, contracting, alternative transportation and in-house solutions. Sometimes out-of-the-box and nontraditional solutions are required to ensure all children’s needs are met.

3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Frisco 3
Educating Team Members in What You Need to Know: Developing the Individualized Transportation Plan
Operations & Safety
Presenter: Susan Shutrump
Are you frustrated with the lack of commitment from some IEP team members in relaying important information to contribute to transportation planning? Could it be that they truly don’t know what information you need and its relevance to a safe ride? Come to this session to review a new resource to educate and guide multi-disciplinary teams in what information is vital and why.

3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Frisco 1
Good News, Bad News, Old News, New News: Where We Stand on Confidentiality
Law & Policy
Facilitator: Peggy Burns
Panelists: Laura Blankenship & TBD
Despite what you may be told, school bus drivers have a right to know certain details about the students in their care, when the information is critical to providing a safe onboard environment for all. This legal discussion centers on the aspects of student riders that should be shared with transportation and how the interpretation of a “need-to-know basis” has changed.

3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Ranger/Sea Biscuit/Traveller
Lessons from the Road: You Can’t Make This Stuff Up
Leadership & Collaboration
Facilitator: Linda Bluth
Panelists: Launi Harden & Marisa Weisinger
This session presents real-world examples of complex issues that arise on special education routes, and how differing perspectives of transportation departments and the larger school district seek to identify solutions. What are the best avenues to take to avoid conflict that can threaten the success of meeting the goals of each student’s IEP?

Monday, March 23

8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. | Frisco 1
Mental Health First Aid on the School Bus
General Session
Presenter: Adam Sáenz
Merge the worlds of driving a school bus and psychology with this talk from a leading expert on mental health for students. The underlying presence of emotional intelligence, or EQ, is the best resilience factor for mental illness. School bus drivers literally hold the keys to creating a safe environment for their students. At the same time, they need tools to keep themselves both safe and sane. Learn the four things you can do to build relationships with kids on buses that ensure you are a good buffering zone for their and your best mental health.

9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Trade Show and Lunch
2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Ranger/Sea Biscuit/Traveller

Relationship-based Behavioral Intervention and De-escalation
Operations & Safety
Presenter: Adam Sáenz
Especially when working with children who have emotional needs, what do you do to keep them safe on the school bus? Can you recognize when “it” is about to happen? Stop it before it happens. Early intervention for emotional volatile behavior/outbursts on the school bus requires preparation, training, understanding and teamwork. Learn strategies from a leading child psychologist.

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Frisco 1
Impact on the Ride: Knowing and Understanding 13 Student Disabilities/Characteristics
Law & Policy
Facilitator: Peggy Burns
Panelists: Laura Blankenship, Angela McDonald, Julie Jilek & Marisa Weisinger
IDEA recognizes 13 disability categories that apply to 3- through 21-year-old students who are eligible for services, including transportation. Do you and your team know them, not to mention grasp what each one means? The latter can differ from student to student, so it’s vital that you provide practical information to school bus drivers and monitors around a full scope of how these traits can manifest themselves in a transportation setting. More importantly, how do you ensure compliance with that training to increase student safety and keep yourself out of court?

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Frisco 3
CDL vs. Non-CDL: Strategies on Combat the Driver Shortage
Leadership & Collaboration
Facilitator: Alexandra Robinson
Panelists: Kenny Mulder & Rebecca Sykes
Recruitment and retention of school bus drivers are at a critical crossroads, so innovation is key. Come strategize and explore with us as our panel discusses creativity, contracting, alternative transportation and in-house solutions. Sometimes out-of-the-box and nontraditional solutions are required to ensure all children’s needs are met.

3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Frisco 3
Educating Team Members in What You Need to Know: Developing the Individualized Transportation Plan
Operations & Safety
Presenter: Susan Shutrump
Are you frustrated with the lack of commitment from some IEP team members in relaying important information to contribute to transportation planning? Could it be that they truly don’t know what information you need and its relevance to a safe ride? Come to this session to review a new resource to educate and guide multi-disciplinary teams in what information is vital and why.

3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Frisco 1
Good News, Bad News, Old News, New News: Where We Stand on Confidentiality
Law & Policy
Facilitator: Peggy Burns
Panelists: Laura Blankenship & Amy Tiedens
Despite what you may be told, school bus drivers have a right to know certain details about the students in their care, when the information is critical to providing a safe onboard environment for all. This legal discussion centers on the aspects of student riders that should be shared with transportation and how the interpretation of a “need-to-know basis” has changed.

3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Ranger/Sea Biscuit/Traveller
Lessons from the Road: You Can’t Make This Stuff Up
Leadership & Collaboration
Facilitator: Linda Bluth
Panelists: Launi Harden & Marisa Weisinger
This session presents real-world examples of complex issues that arise on special education routes, and how differing perspectives of transportation departments and the larger school district seek to identify solutions. What are the best avenues to take to avoid conflict that can threaten the success of meeting the goals of each student’s IEP?

Tuesday, March 24

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Frisco 2
Top 10 Hits in Special Education Transportation
General Session
Presenter: Dianna D. Bowen
Medically fragile students, service animals, mental health, technology, and increased parent demands, are just a few of the most enlightening developments in special education law in 2019. Special education school attorney Dianna D. Bowen will give you a Casey Kasem-style countdown covering the most recent and important court cases, due-process hearing opinions, and legal developments that every special education provider needs to know, with a focus on transportation. Dianna will break down the latest changes and challenges in special education law. She will provide lessons learned, as well as best practice tips you can use to steer your schools in the right direction. away from the courtroom.

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Frisco 2
When Drivers & Attendants Go Rogue: Ensuring Compliance with Training & Policies
Operations & Safety
Facilitator: Peggy Burns
Panelists: Fred Doelker & Cathy Staggs
Let’s consider preparing some defenses for when seemingly good team members decide to act (or overreact) entirely on their own and ignore the training you’ve carefully provided them. Think hard braking to teach kids to sit down, an off-route drive down a bumpy road at high speed, or duct tape to reinforce the restraining power of safety vests. This session will discuss strategies for up-front screening, defining and communicating reasonable expectations and then helping employees cope with frustrating issues that are not within their control.

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Frisco 3
Employment Law Highlights for Special Needs Transporters
Law & Policy
Presenter: Peter Thompson
This presentation will cover common challenges employers face across many areas. Topics include best practices for social media policies, data privacy and security, and avoiding discrimination and retaliation claims. Questions are encouraged, so come ready to ask about anything and everything that keeps even the best leaders up at night as they worry about their employees.

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Frisco 1
Transportation Supports: Collaboration with Student Therapists
Leadership & Collaboration
Facilitator: Susan Shutrump
Panelists: Laura Blankenship, Terri Drca, Kenny Mulder & Katie Stollings
Do you know your school therapists, or better yet, what they can do for you? Occupational, physical and speech therapists all play a role in the safe transportation of students with special needs. Come hear how to get them involved and what they bring to the transportation team. The goal of the session is to review the role of each discipline and what they can contribute when developing the transportation plan. What strategies does each member need to get them onboard and to integrate services as a team?

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Frisco 1
Fire Suppression Systems and Special Needs Routes
Operations & Safety
Presenters: Max Christensen, Peggy Stone & Michael Warner
The June 2019 recommendation by the National Transportation Safety Board has resulted in many questions about installing fire suppression systems in all school buses, especially those that transport students with special needs. Hear from a student transportation operation that was on the cutting edge of installing the equipment several years ago. A state director who participated in NTSB’s investigation of the fatal 2017 fire onboard an Iowa school bus that resulted in the recommendation, will also share insights into how the technology could prevent similar tragedies from happening in a special needs setting.

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Frisco 2
School Bus Discipline Procedures to Remain in Compliance with IDEA and Section 504
Law & Policy
Presenter: Dianna Bowen
Transportation is considered to be one of the most fundamental prerequisites for a student to benefit from special education. Indeed, it is the very first related service mentioned in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). If a student needs to get to a school or other location to receive the IEP, the student needs to be transported to that program. However, how should bus operators respond when a special needs student acts aggressively on the school bus? How do school districts balance the needs of the special education student to receive FAPE with the requirements to safely transport all students? Special education attorney Dianna Bowen will provide insight into dealing with unsafe behaviors of special education students on the school bus while still complying with the legal rights of the student under the IDEA and Section 504.

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Frisco 3
The Impact of Early Bus Rides for Special Needs Students on the Total Academic Experience
Leadership & Collaboration
Presenter: Christopher Salem Ozuna
Research performed by the University of California at Santa Barbara’s Gervitz Graduate School of Education indicates that a lack of school busing for kindergarten students can lead to chronic absenteeism, the fifth indicator of student success under ESSA, later in their academic career. The issue is especially perilous for students with disabilities. Learn how research is expanding to draw correlations between school bus rides and school attendance patterns for students with disabilities.

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Frisco 1
Emergency Planning Strategies for Preschool Transporters
Operations & Safety
Presenter: Russell Newbold
A retired law enforcement professional and current Head Start transporter will discuss how to create or refine your operation’s training procedures for preparing school bus drivers, monitors and students to respond to emergency situations.

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Frisco 2
Special Medication and Equipment on the School Bus
Law & Policy
Presenters: Launi Harden & Angela McDonald
Participants will learn about the most commonly prescribed emergency medications that student transporters may encounter on the school bus.

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Frisco 3
Developing Leadership in Special Ed Transportation Staff
Leadership & Collaboration
Presenter: Anthony Pollard
Creating a culture shift in transportation departments can be difficult. Mechanics and route specialists are suddenly thrown into leadership roles without having any leadership development. This class will help to close those gaps. Leaders need to identify potential high achievers for leadership roles, and then expose them to modeling and training. Learn how to help leaders by giving them some tools and resources to take back with them to train their high-achievers on how to lead. This will help them to better communicate with special needs department heads.

Wednesday, March 25

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. | Frisco 2
Coffee’s on Us, Tips Are Appreciated
Back by popular demand, a focus group convened over complimentary coffee served in TSD collector’s mugs shares lessons learned from the past week and how attendees plan to implement them into real-world operations. TSD staff solicits feedback on what went well (and what can be improved on) to make TSD a continued resource for special needs and preschool transporters.

TSD Conference
Agenda-at-a-Glance

As of 1/28/20. Subject to change.

Friday, March 20, 2020

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
NHTSA Child Passenger Safety on School Buses Training
(65 participant limit)

10:30 a.m. to Noon
BESI Securement Training
(Main Conference and Roadeo Participants welcomed)

1 to 5 p.m.
Dispatcher Training
(Separate registration required. 50 participant limit.)

1:30 to 3 p.m.
Q’Straint Securement Training
(Main Conference and Roadeo Participants welcomed)

7 to 9 p.m.
Roadeo Meeting
(Roadeo Judges only)

Saturday, March 21, 2020

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Roadeo at Frisco ISD

8:30 to 9 a.m.
Orientation

9:30 a.m. to Noon
Breakout Sessions

10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Hands-on School Bus Evacuation Training for Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers
(Held offsite at Frisco ISD. Bus transportation & lunch provided. Separate registration and fee required. 32 participant limit.)

Noon to 2 p.m.
Lunch On Your Own

2 to 5 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

7 to 9 p.m. 
Roadeo Banquet
(For Roadeo participants, judges and sponsors)

Sunday, March 22, 2020

9 to 10:30 a.m.
Keynote & General Session
Patrick Mulick

10:45 a.m. to Noon
Breakout Sessions

Noon to 2 p.m.
Lunch On Your Own

2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Breakout Sessions &
OT/PT/Transporter Forum

6 to 8 p.m.
TSD Trade Show Sneak Peek Reception
(March TSD Madness Theme)

Monday, March 23, 2020

8 to 9:15 a.m.
Keynote & General Session
Adam Saenz

9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Trade Show + Lunch

2:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

9 to 10:30 a.m.
Keynote & General Session
Dianna Bowen, Esq.

10:45 a.m. to Noon
Breakout Sessions

Noon to 2 p.m.
Lunch On Your Own

2 to 4:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

8 to 9 a.m.
Closing General Session
Coffee’s On Us, Tips Are Appreciated