Busing on the Lookout (BOTL) Empowers School Bus Drivers to Help Combat Trafficking

I’m fortunate to be able to travel and attend school bus events, trade shows, and activities across the country. When I come across a program that really makes a difference, I do what I can to get that message out. This is a message that everyone in the transportation industry should receive.

Busing on the Lookout

There are inherently hard topics to talk about or even acknowledge. Human trafficking is one of those topics. Until the 2018 NAPT and NASDPTS Conferences, human trafficking was something I’ve only seen in movies. The reality is that trafficking happens every day and in every corner of the United States (and the World).

  • According to, since 2007, the National Human Trafficking Hotline has received reports of 34,700 sex trafficking cases inside the United States.
  • Globally, the International Labor Organization estimates that there are 4.8 million people trapped in forced sexual exploitation globally.
Annie Sovcik

Annie Sovcik, the Program Director for Busing on the Lookout (BOTL), presented to State Directors at the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation (NASDPTS) Conference AND again to delegates at the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) Conference. She also took to the Trade Show floor with DVDs and program materials to relay the message to as many willing ears as possible. The pupil transportation industry, from district to state levels, is already embracing this training.


Busing on the Lookout (BOTL) is a logical expansion of the extremely successful Truckers Against Trafficking training geared toward truck drivers. The program for commercial and school bus drivers broadens the network of observing and reporting individuals that law enforcement organizations rely on to recover victims and make arrests.

From the BOTL website: When building an army to fight a crime like human trafficking, the bus industry has a key role to fill. Through their sheer numbers, extensive travels, and the nature of their jobs, members of the bus industry—commercial and school—are uniquely positioned to provide an extra set of eyes and ears for law enforcement in recovering victims and arresting traffickers.

This is a free training program and certification that should be completed by, frankly, everyone – especially if you frequently travel, are involved in the transportation industry, or are around children. In order to complete the BOTL certification program, you must register, watch the video, and take a short quiz. My personal experience is that it’s a painless registration process to access the material and well worth the effort considering the training empowers YOU to take steps that could end up saving a life.

  • Take action and complete the training.
  • Tell your Safety and Training Coordinator about BOTL training and certification.
  • Help make a difference in the fight against human trafficking.

TL;DR: Take the free Busing on The Lookout (BOTL) training to learn how to recognize and report human trafficking. Free Training.

Posted in Blog, Online Training, Pupil Transportation on November 26th, 2018. No Comments.

Continue Connecting, Communicating, and Collaborating!

Continue Connecting, Communicating, and Collaborating!

Training and Development Keyboard

Even with the 44th Annual NAPT Conference in Kansas City, Missouri finished for the year, many continue to connect, communicate, and collaborate.

If you would like to continue working toward an NAPT Certification, sharpen skills, and expand knowledge consider your option for NAPT Online Professional Development Series (PDS) courses. Each course is self-paced, and can be completed when and where it is convenient, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Posted in Blog on November 14th, 2018. No Comments.

Thank You for Visiting STS in Kansas City, MO

STS Booth picThank You
Thank You for Visiting the School Training Solutions (STS) booth at the NAPT Summit and Trade Show in Kansas City, MO. It was a busy conference with a lot to offer the pupil transportation industry. During my conversations throughout the event, I noted a few topics that kept coming up.

  • NAPT PDS Courses Online. NAPT, in partnership with School Training Solutions (STS), offers NAPT Professional Development Series courses online. You can begin working on Certified Pupil Transportation Specialist (CPTS), Certified Supervisor (CSPT), and Certified Director (CDPT) certificates or work toward your recertification.
  • In-Service Training. As you know, many states require yearly in-service training for school bus drivers. In most cases, the topic(s) and method of training is left up to the school district and/or transportation department. Our online classroom curriculum for school bus drivers can be an option for in-service training!
  • Remediation Training. Unfortunately, accidents happen. Minor infractions create an opportunity to learn new techniques or sharpen skills. Our individually priced courses are a great solution for these remediation moments. Your driver can take the course online and print a completion certification when they have successfully completed the course.
  • Custom Training Catalogs. STS can put together a custom training catalog, built to your specifications, so your employees get the right training. Courses can be pulled from our full transportation catalog or general topic courses like Sexual Harassment Awareness, Bloodborne Pathogens, Time Management, or Stress Management.

Let us know if School Training Solutions (STS) can help you implement an online training program for your school bus drivers or other school employees.

Posted in Blog on November 6th, 2018. No Comments.

Special Live Action Event

Join NAPT for the 44th Annual Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, October 27th-30th.

Fire Flames

This year’s NAPT Conference features a unique, live action training event designed to better understand the effect a thermal event (fire in particular) has on evacuation times. During this live action event we’ll use two school buses and real passengers to demonstrate two different real world, real life emergency situations.

Experience this never-been-done-before event for yourself on Saturday, October 27th.

Join us at the Big Show!

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Posted in Blog on October 24th, 2018. No Comments.

STS in Kansas City, MO

Kansas City, MO

STS in Kansas City, MO

I will be in Kansas City, MO representing STS at the NAPT Annual Conference. Look for me at the Trade Show in booth 643 and throughout sessions and conference activities.

STS is an active NAPT Business Partner providing many of the NAPT Certification and Professional Development courses ONLINE.

I’m ready to answer any questions about all our online training courses and look forward to working with anyone to meet training needs at the State, district, school or department level.

How can I help you discover new ideas??

Patrick Willi

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Posted in Blog on October 23rd, 2018. No Comments.

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