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Focus on Positivity in February

Focus on Positivity in February

In addition to celebrating Black History and Valentine’s Day, February is known as “Random Acts of Kindness” and “Canned Food” month. Admittedly, it is a busy and short month. As we navigate through the year, we are focusing on a positive outlook and hope you do too. In line with February themes, focus on:

  • Promoting inclusion and diversity during the month-long celebration of Black History
  • Practicing sexual harassment awareness while observing Valentine’s Day (Free Cards 1 & 2)
  • Engaging in random acts of kindness to brighten strangers’ days
  • Providing a local food pantry with donated canned goods and nonperishables that benefit the community

We can help with online training for a positive focus!

Posted in Blog on February 3rd, 2022. No Comments.



Alternatives to New Year’s Resolutions

A New Year & Our Mission Statement

Each year Resolutions on New Year’s Day are made. Some Resolutions are achieved where others are not. A better practice is creating a SMART Goal (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound), which we have presented in previous emails. Again, the success rate is not perfect. This year we want to present alternatives. We see these options as a combination of Resolutions and SMART Goals. For those with issues achieving a resolution or goal, these options may prove successful and help boost self-confidence and positivity.

  • Create a personal Mission Statement.
  • Compile a bucket list.
  • Write a letter to your future self.
  • Create a monthly challenge.
  • Join a yearly challenge.
  • Pick something personal to track or measure.
  • Practice mindfulness / meditation.
  • Form realistic “To do…” lists.
  • Build a vision board.
  • Reboot an area of your life.
  • Use a word or mantra of the week or month.
  • Decide on one-word for the year. (Choose one word that gives you clarity and focus and summarizes what you want for the year.)
  • Perform gratitude exercises. (Examples: gratitude journaling or periodic “I’m grateful for…” statements.)
  • Construct a jar of goals. (Choose non-time specific goals: pick a goal from the jar; achieve it; repeat.)

As always, if your goals/resolutions/alternatives are helped by additional education and training, we hope you consider our online, self-paced options.

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Posted in Blog on January 25th, 2022. No Comments.



STS Highlights January 2022

STS Highlights: January 2022

Each January marks a time when people sit down, take stock, and make resolutions or set goals for themselves. This year we look at Resolution Alternatives with the hopes that they may prove successful and help boost self-confidence and positivity.

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. They now have a School Bus Driver specific course.

In addition, we’ve curated some important safety reminders and resources for the new year.

May this year come with lots of laughter and an abundance of success!

Sincerely,
Patrick


March is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Alternative Suggestions for New Year’s Resolutions

  • Create a personal Mission Statement.
  • Compile a bucket list.
  • Write a letter to your future self.
  • Create a monthly challenge.
  • Join a yearly challenge.
  • Pick something personal to track or measure.
  • Practice mindfulness / meditation.
  • Form realistic “To …” lists.
  • Build a vision board.
  • Reboot an area of your life.
  • Use a word or mantra of the week or month.
  • Decide on one-word for the year. (Choose one word that gives you clarity and focus and summarizes what you want for the year.)
  • Perform gratitude exercises. (Examples: gratitude journaling or periodic “I’m grateful for…” statements.)
  • Construct a jar of goals. (Choose non-time specific goals: pick a goal from the jar; achieve it; repeat.)

If your goals, resolutions, or alternatives include additional education and training, consider our online options.


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January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month

The pupil transportation industry has a key role to play in combating human trafficking, particularly as frontline employees may be coming into contact with victims of human trafficking in the course of their everyday jobs.


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It's Flu Season!

It’s Flu Season!

The CDC’s recommendation for getting a flu vaccine for the 2021-22 flu season is: GET THE SHOT! Flu viruses are constantly changing so it’s not unusual for new ones to appear. A lot of research goes into each year’s vaccine. You should not wait for activity to be rising or high in your community to get a flu shot. The best way to reduce the risk of flu and its potentially serious complications is by getting vaccinated each year.

CDC Influenza Resources


Covid-19 & Variants

Covid-19 & Variants

Prevention Measures to protect against respiratory illness like Covid-19 and Variants remain largely the same.

  • Get vaccinated and boosted.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Stay 6 feet away from others.
  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
  • Test to prevent spread to others.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean and disinfect.
  • Monitor your health daily.


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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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NAPT PDS Seal

NAPT Certification

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

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Posted in Blog on January 18th, 2022. No Comments.



STS Highlights December 2021

STS Highlights: December 2021

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.

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 14th, 2021. No Comments.



STS Highlights November 2021

STS Highlights: November 2021

Holiday driving season is here. Thanksgiving is close and all the usual winter holidays are literally around the corner. With the pandemic keeping a lot of people home the last couple of years, it is safe to expect holiday travel congestion this year. Be careful during your adventures from Point A to Point B. This month’s resources are intentionally geared towards health and physical travel safety!

The goal with these monthly resources is always to help elevate your career, department, or organization. Please FORWARD this email to anyone who could benefit from the content. As always, we take pride in helping you meet your training requirements and goals.

Stay Healthy,
Patrick


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  • Demonstrate your commitment to the requirements of your profession.
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  • Launch your student transportation career to the next level.
  • Show potential employers and current stakeholders you’re dedicated to doing the best possible job in the student transportation field.

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It's Flu Season!

It’s Flu Season!

The CDC’s recommendation for getting a flu vaccine for the 2021-22 flu season is: GET THE SHOT! Flu viruses are constantly changing so it’s not unusual for new ones to appear. A lot of research goes into each year’s vaccine. You should not wait for activity to be rising or high in your community to get a flu shot. The best way to reduce the risk of flu and its potentially serious complications is by getting vaccinated each year.

CDC Influenza Resources


Cleaning & Disinfecting a School Bus

Cleaning & Disinfecting a School Bus

One of the most effective strategies for slowing the spread of ANY illness is by implementing a consistent cleaning and disinfection protocol for your school bus fleet.

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Top 10 Driving Pet Peeves

Top 10 Driving Pet Peeves

What stresses you out when you are driving? We did some research and found the common driving behaviors that really drive people bonkers. If you do ANY of these, you should alter your driving habits.

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Better Stress Management

Better Stress Management

Understanding the effects of stress helps individuals recognize stress in themselves and others and respond better to stressful situations.

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Posted in Blog on November 16th, 2021. No Comments.



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