SafeStop Employee Spotlight: Keshia Colleton

Posted by Prisha H on Apr 1, 2017 12:13:00 PM

When our customers ask us, “What is the best part of working at SafeStop?” The answer is of course, our people! Every month we spotlight one of our awesome employees. This employee spotlight will highlight their experiences, accomplishments at SafeStop, and fun facts about what makes them great!

This April, we're featuring Keshia Colleton, Customer Support Coordinator and Data Analyst.

What is your role with the team?
Customer Support Coordinator/Data Analyst

What is your personal motto?
"Those things which come easy, have no worth to an individual. But those things which take sacrifice, determination and thought are treasures that benefit more than just the individual."

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Topics: SafeStop Insider, Employee Spotlight

Precious Cargo: Avoiding Distracted Driving for School Bus Drivers

Posted by Cameron Sito on Mar 30, 2017 11:58:16 AM

Distracted driving results when a driver shifts their focus away from the safe operation of the school bus. Talking on the phone and eating are common examples of distracted driving, but many other factors can affect a school bus driver’s focus on the road.

There are three types of distracted driving:

  • Visual: The driver’s eyes are off the road
  • Manual: The driver’s hands are not on the steering wheel
  • Mental: The driver’s thoughts are not focused on driving

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Topics: Bus Safety, bus drivers, Training, distracted driving

Homework: How Much is Too Much?

Posted by Prisha H on Mar 28, 2017 1:43:35 PM
Everyone agrees that students need homework. However, too much after school studying and homework can burn students out – and the last thing any teacher wants to face in the morning is a classroom full of zombies.
 
According to a poll conducted by the Associated Press and AOL , 57% of parents feel their children are receiving the right amount of homework, 23% feel their children receive too little homework, and 19% believe their children receive too much work. You may remember having little to no homework as a young child. However, it is now common for kindergartners and first graders to be given complicated take-home assignments. This is a problem because it is not just children who can become overly stressed. Too much homework can also cause friction between students and the parents who must help their kids do it. Additionally, precious family time can be cut into by heavy homework demands.
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Topics: Teachers, students, homework

Crossing Guard Safety for Bus Drivers

Posted by Lloyd Forbes on Mar 23, 2017 10:35:21 AM

Crossing guards are a vital part of your child’s commute

It’s easy to take crossing guards for granted, and sometimes we forget how important their job is.

With their fluorescent reflective vests and stop signs, crossing guards are instrumental in helping children get to and from school safely. If you are interested in hiring a crossing guard for an area near your school, contact your local police department or school board.

Schools, law enforcement, government planning departments, and community members may implement a crossing guard program as a group or separately.

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Topics: Safety, Schools, students, crossing guards

School Bus Driver Safety Training For Your Drivers

Posted by Cameron Sito on Mar 21, 2017 3:37:33 PM

School bus drivers shoulder a tremendous responsibility. Every day, they must safely transport children to and from school. They must know how to avoid road hazards, and respond effectively when problems occur.

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Topics: Bus Safety, Student Transportation, bus drivers, crossing guards

Benefits of Having Smart Boards in the Classroom

Posted by Lloyd Forbes on Mar 16, 2017 1:09:09 PM


Smartphones, smart cars, smart refrigerators – much of our technology is smart, and getting smarter all the time. Even our classrooms are using smart technology. One of the most innovative ideas to come to the classroom is the Smart Board, an interactive whiteboard that can do everything your computer does. Simply connect your PC to an overhead digital projector and a giant touch screen computer, or Smart Board, is literally at your fingertips.

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Topics: Education Technology, Schools, Teachers

Your School’s Bus Fleet: What’s Next for Student Transportation Technology?

Posted by Lloyd Forbes on Mar 14, 2017 2:55:19 PM

Technology-wise, how does your school stack up? Are you using paper and pencils, or Android tablets and digital textbooks? Do students have access to remote learning? Does your school’s bus fleet have WiFi so students and teachers can access the Internet while on the move?

Not too long ago (think early 2000's) a computer lab was the pinnacle of technology for any school. But today, technology has spread outside the lab and into the classroom. Many of your students spend each morning and afternoon on the school bus, so shouldn’t your school bus fleet get with the times? 

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Topics: Bus Tracking App, GPS, Student Transportation

Why are There 180 School Days in a Traditional School Year?

Posted by Prisha H on Mar 9, 2017 10:36:16 AM
When you’re a kid, the only thing better than a snow day is summer vacation. It means freedom from classes, early mornings, and dreaded homework. It also means long, lazy, warm summer days with friends and family.
 
However, the 180-day school model has been questioned by those who wonder if having summers off from school might be detrimental to learning. After all, the amount of information children are required to absorb has substantially increased over the years. So, what are the pros and cons of year round vs. traditional school calendars?
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Topics: Schools, students

Wheelchair Transportation Services: Securement Regulations for School Buses

Posted by Cameron Sito on Mar 7, 2017 2:39:39 PM

School buses are among the safest vehicles on the road. With high seat backs and egg-carton seats, buses are designed to keep passengers protected. Where applicable, it is important to ensure your bus fleet includes wheelchair transportation services that meet national securement regulations. If wheelchairs are not properly secured, they can cause harm to the student or even other passengers on board.

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Topics: Bus Safety, bus drivers, wheelchair transportation services

SafeStop Employee Spotlight: Marissa Felitto

Posted by Prisha H on Mar 1, 2017 11:16:00 AM

When our customers ask us, “What is the best part of working at SafeStop?” The answer is of course, our people! Every month we spotlight one of our awesome employees. This employee spotlight will highlight their experiences, accomplishments at SafeStop, and fun facts about what makes them great!

This March, we're featuring Marissa Felitto, our Graphic Designer.

What is your role with the team?
I am working with SafeStop's Marketing Department, as the Graphic Designer.

What is your personal motto?
"The hardest part is getting started"

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Topics: SafeStop Insider, Employee Spotlight

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