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STS Highlights: January 2019

STS Highlights: January 2019

Welcome to 2019! It’s going to be a busy, productive year. Set your goals and work toward them each day. We’re here for you when you need us. If you have any professional development or NAPT Certification aspirations, please consider our online courses as an option.

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 2019.

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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NAPT Certification

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

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Emergency Procedures Flyer

School Bus Fire Evacuation Fact Sheet

How long does it take for a school bus to completely fill with smoke?

How long to evacuate?

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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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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, 2019. No Comments.



STS Highlights December 2018

Seasons Greetings

Everyone at School Training Solutions would like to wish all of our customers and friends a safe and happy holiday season. As schools across the country are releasing students for winter break, remember to always be aware of your surroundings while driving and safely share the road with pedestrians, cyclists, motorcycles, school buses, and other automobiles.

With the New Year fast approaching, remember to enjoy the season responsibly.

We look forward to an exciting new year! If School Training Solutions can help you, your department, your district, or your state meet training goals please let us know.

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Top 10 Driving Pet Peeves

Top 10 Driving Pet Peeves Article

Have you ever seen someone texting while driving? In this article, we list out the top 10 gripes among American drivers and where they rank on the nuisance scale.

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BOTL Training

Free Busing on the Lookout (BOTL) Training Blog

There are inherently hard topics to talk about or even acknowledge. Human trafficking is one of those topics. This is a free training program and certification that should be completed by, frankly, everyone.

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Coloring Activity 4

Coloring Activity 4: SUPER Word Search Print

Keep the kids entertained while learning with this fun word search and coloring activity.

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Checklist Security Enhanced Daily School Bus Inspections

Checklist: Security Enhanced Daily School Bus Inspections Infographic

Daily school bus safety inspections are an industry standard. For a more robust daily inspection, consider ADDING and/or MODIFYING items with a security focus.

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Buses of Christmas Past - Infographic

Buses of Christmas Past Infographic

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

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School Bus Unauthorized Entry Tips

School Bus Unauthorized Entry Tips - Video

This video gives a brief review and tips to deter unauthorized entry of a school bus.

Posted in Blog on December 13th, 2018. No Comments.



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).

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  • According to PolarisProject.org, 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.

BOTL

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.

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



Thank You for Visiting STS in Kansas City, MO

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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.



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