STS Highlights: December 2023
Can you believe we’re weeks away from Christmas?! We’re into cold weather and seeing increases in Flu, COVID-19, and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). I also mentioned last month that the holiday season and associated stress can contribute to mental and physical fatigue. The decreased amount of daylight on any given winter day can add to the discomfort some people experience with seasonal affective depression (SAD). There is a lot to consider, healthwise, this time of year. Lessons from the pandemic are still relevant meaning simple precautions like handwashing, social distancing, and masks when appropriate can help most people stay healthy.
Be safe during the upcoming heavy travel season. The winter holiday season can be very busy and exciting, but PLEASE remember to be aware of your surroundings while driving and safely share the road with pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcycles, school buses, and other automobiles.
The goal with these monthly resources is always to convey a few public service announcements (PSAs) and to help elevate your career, department, or organization. As always, we take pride in helping you meet your training requirements and goals.
Have a Happy Holiday Season & New Year’s Celebration!
COVID-19 At-Home Tests
Beginning November 20, every U.S. household can place another order to receive 4 free rapid tests delivered directly to their home.
Online Option for Annual School Bus Driver In-Service
School Training Solutions is proud to offer an affordable and effective online option for annual school bus driver in-service training.
Flu Season = Flu Shot
The exact timing and duration of flu season varies, but flu activity often begins to increase in October and peaks between December and February. Get vaccinated!
Disinfect During Flu Season
Like it or not, it is Flu Season. Periodically disinfecting a school bus can help stop the spread of ANY contagion. This infographic details best practices.
Focus on Mental Health during the Holidays
It is important to check-in with your own emotional health during the holidays. Research shows that learning new skills can improve your mental health and wellbeing.
Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) – Theory Curriculum
Smart Horizons offers an online ELDT curriculum that aligns with federal requirements, is reported to the National Registry, and is available for enrollment!
Just for Fun: 10 Mysterious Incidents at the Bermuda Triangle
Most shipwrecks can usually be blamed on weather, currents, or mechanical failures. For others, the Bermuda Triangle could be the culprit.
Training to Fight Human Trafficking from Busing on the Lookout (BOTL)
As you travel during the holiday, remember to watch for and report signs of human trafficking. This FREE training and certification should be completed by everyone.
IF Being Pulled Over…
If you are stopped by a law enforcement officer, there are specific best practices that keep the interaction relatively quick and help everyone involved stay safe.
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