School Bus Fleet Magazine - November 2013

COVER STORY

Gauging the safety of school bus alternatives

By Thomas McMahon

Many school districts and contractors are employing a variety of vehicles to supplement traditional yellow bus service. These alternative arrangements often cut costs and shorten ride times, but the safety implications of transporting students in taxis, vans and other non-school bus vehicles have become a contentious issue.

Read more of what is inside this month's issue.

FEATURES

Bus Fights: How Drivers Can Intervene

Intervention doesn't have to mean using physical force.  Calling dispatch for help, stopping and securing the bus, and giving orders to the students are key steps in responding.

Vans, Cabs and Beyond: Gauging the Safety of School Bus Alternatives

Many school districts and contractors are employing a variety of vehicles to supplement traditional yellow bus service.  These alternative arrangements often cut costs and shorten ride times, but the safety implications have become a cotentious issue.

Keep Buses Running in Rough Weather

Thorough bus inspections, pre-planning stops and operating the bus more slowly than usual will help to maximize driver and student safety.

Strengthen Relationships With Unions

Directors who have effective working relationships with their unions say communication, pitching in to build a team, and researching collective bargaining agreements helps.

14 Phenomenal Women in School Transportation

In this new feature, we spotlight dedicated women from around the nation whose work helps to keep students safe.

Survey Shows Bus Cuts Leveling Off

SBF's School District Survey finds that the proportion of school districts aking reducitons in ther transportation service has gradually decreased over the past three years - from 21% to 8%.

Leaders, From Lincoln to Bus Drivers

Like this Civil War-era luminary and others, bus drivers provide guidance to their passengers, and they are dedicated and care for those they work with and serve - all characteristics for a great leader.

NAPT 2013 Show Guide

This showcase features products and services from dozens of the companies that will be exhibiting at NAPT's annual trade show, which will be held Oct. 22 and 23 in Grand Rapids, Mich.

DEPARTMENTS

Editor's Note                          NAPT News & Views

News Alert                             My Other Life

Industry News                        People

Snapshots                             Classifieds

Business Watch                      The Last Word

Advertiser Index


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