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STS Highlights January 2021

STS Highlights: January 2021

If you don’t already know, January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. It’s a hard topic to broach, but it is one that EVERYONE should take the time to learn about. Our friends at Busing On the Lookout and Truckers Against Trafficking provide the training resources you need to make a difference. We’ve also curated some important safety reminders and resources for the new year.

Please take the time to peruse the materials in this month’s STS newsletter. I truly believe they will help you usher in a great 2021.

All the best,
Patrick


January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month

When building an army to fight a crime like human trafficking, the bus industry has a key role to fill. Here are some ways human trafficking intersects with buses.


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Inclement Weather Adverse Conditions

Inclement Weather & Adverse Conditions

This 2 hour course describes adverse driving conditions and discusses techniques bus operators should use to cope with these conditions and ensure students are transported to and from school or extracurricular activities safely and efficiently.

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Emergency Procedures Flyer

Emergency Procedures Flyer

Recent events may have prompted you, your department, or your organization to reevaluate Emergency Procedures. Please feel free to utilize this Best Practices Flyer.

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NAPT PDS Seal

NAPT Certification

• Earn Competitive Advantage
• Increase Earning Potential
• Update Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
• Build Professional Credibility
• Network within the Industry

NAPT Certification


In-Service Training

In-Service for School Bus Drivers

School Bus Driver: Online In-Service (15 Hours)

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Posted in Blog on January 15th, 2021. No Comments.



STS Highlights December 2020

STS Highlights: December 2020

Be safe during the upcoming travel and holiday season. Continue to take basic steps to prevent illness by washing your hands often, avoiding close contact, staying home if sick, covering coughs and sneezes, wearing a facemask, monitoring your health daily, and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces (CDC.gov).

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.

We hope this month’s selections provide timely reminders for driving and give you some inspiration as we approach the end of the year. Please utilize them as much as possible. We look forward to an exciting new year!

Grateful,
Patrick

Free Training to Fight Human Trafficking from Busing on the Lookout (BOTL)

Free Training to Fight Human Trafficking from Busing on the Lookout (BOTL)

A very busy travel season is days away. As we are ALL on the road, remember to watch for signs of human trafficking and report as necessary. Human trafficking is inherently a hard topic to talk about or even acknowledge. This BLOG post discusses a free training program and certification that should be completed by, frankly, everyone.

Buses of Christmas Past

Buses of Christmas Past

Explore the evolution of school buses – from the horse-drawn carriage to the modern school bus.

Best Practices if Pulled Over

Best Practices if Pulled Over

If you are stopped by a law enforcement officer, follow these best practices.

Autism and the School Bus

Autism and the School Bus

With the increase of children identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder, consider these behavior management techniques for those who ride the school bus.

History of Pupil Transportation

History of Pupil Transportation

Children have been transported to schools by unique vehicles since the 1880s. See the progression in this quick video.

Posted in Blog on December 17th, 2020. No Comments.



GAPT Embraces NAPT Certifications with Member Scholarships

GAPT Embraces NAPT Certifications with Member Scholarships

GAPT and NAPT

In 2019, the Georgia Association for Pupil Transportation (GAPT) helped their members get a course or two closer to National certification with scholarships to complete NAPT Online Certification courses. One hundred and twenty-five (125) scholarships were awarded. In 2020, GAPT doubled that number. GAPT remains committed with another 250 scholarships for their members working toward an NAPT Certification in 2021!

Encouraging the education and advancement of their members is great for GAPT, Georgia, and the entire pupil transportation industry as it builds a strong, capable, and determined workforce. The GAPT Professional Development Scholarship Program is an easy model for any association that wants to provide an enticing incentive for membership or conference attendance.

NAPT currently offers 4 professional certification designations, created specifically for student transportation professionals:

  • Certified Director of Pupil Transportation (CDPT)
  • Certified Supervisor of Pupil Transportation (CSPT)
  • Certified Pupil Transportation Specialist (CPTS)
  • Certified in Special Needs Transportation (CSNT)


NAPT Certification

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Posted in Blog on December 10th, 2020. No Comments.



STS Highlights November 2020

STS Highlights: November 2020

While areas are beginning to move into Phase 3, the Corona-19 virus is still around. It’s important to remain vigilant and be familiar with your local rules and recommendations.

In most instances, Phase 3 signals that individuals can resume public interactions but should still practice physical distancing, minimize exposure in social settings, and continue normal precautionary measures. Employers can resume normal operation. Large venues, gyms, and bars may increase capacity.
Remain vigilant,
Patrick

New Online Courses

New Online Courses

We’ve added new courses to our Professional Development portal! These courses are related to food prep, diversity, active shooter response, and more.

 
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

HHS.gov maintains a variety of information from multiple, reliable sources with the mission of enhancing the health and well-being of all Americans.

 
Wear a mask

Wear a mask. Protect others.

CDC recommends that you wear masks in public settings around people who don’t live in your household and when you can’t stay 6 feet away from others. Masks help stop the spread of COVID-19 to others.

Mask Tips

 
Thanksgiving Fun Facts

Thanksgiving Fun Facts

Something fun for the upcoming holiday!

Fun Facts

 
Recognize Signs of Bullying

Recognize Signs of Bullying

This video presents information concerning how to recognize the warning signs of bullying.

 
U.S. Reopening Plan

U.S. Reopening Plan

A three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts is the recommendation for reopening.

Proposed Phased Approach

 
Posted in Blog on November 17th, 2020. No Comments.



Never Compromise Training

Never Compromise Training

A Strong Stance on Driver Education

When budget cuts are necessary, procedures are analyzed, compromises are negotiated, and changes are made. Money savings becomes a focus, but it should never be the only focus. Stand strong on your commitment to consume solid and effective training.

We continue to facilitate quality education by disseminating knowledge and providing assistance to those responsible for safe pupil transportation. We have taken, and will continue to take, a strong stance on school bus driver education and the prevention of accident and injury.

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
No matter what your questions are about COVID-19, get answers from reliable sources. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS.gov) maintains a variety of information from multiple, reliable sources.

Continue to take basic steps to prevent illness by washing your hands often, avoiding close contact, staying home if sick, covering coughs and sneezes, wearing a facemask, monitoring your health daily, and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces (CDC.gov).
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Posted in Blog on November 3rd, 2020. No Comments.



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