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

Getting There and Back: Maximizing Bus Route Efficiency and Safety

Posted by Cameron Sito on Feb 23, 2017 12:38:29 PM
Whether you’re a school administrator or transportation director, you should be concerned about your school’s bus routing system. While choosing the right bus route can save your students time and ensure safe transportation, failure to consider better transportation routes can cause delays and may even be dangerous. 
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Topics: School Buses, Safety, Student Transportation, Weather

School Bus Conduct: Gentle Discipline for Better Bus Behavior

Posted by Cameron Sito on Feb 22, 2017 1:49:33 PM

Most school bus rides go smoothly and remain incident-free. But sometimes students need a little gentle discipline to encourage better bus behavior. What can you do to ensure that all students exhibit proper school bus conduct?

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Topics: Bus Safety, Safety, Bullying, Student Transportation

Want to Save Money and Keep Kids Safe? Put a GPS Tracking Device on Every School Bus

Posted by Cameron Sito on Feb 9, 2017 9:47:22 AM

Throughout the United States, school districts are onboarding a GPS tracking device on every school bus in an effort to keep students safe and save money.

These days, a global positioning system (GPS) is seamlessly integrated into smartphones. While paper maps are nice, it is easier to check your phone for directions, estimated time of arrival, and traffic slowdowns along the way. School districts are beginning to take advantage of this technology for similar reasons.

At the start of this school year, Rutherford County schools in Tennessee equipped all 250 of their school buses with a GPS tracking device. The growing school district buses over 25,000 students each day, and that number is rapidly increasing.

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Topics: Bus Safety, School Buses, Safety, Bus Tracking App, Schools, GPS, Weather

Picture This! How Educational Infographics Help Teachers and Students

Posted by Prisha H on Jan 24, 2017 10:50:58 AM

A quality infographic is worth a thousand words. Put simply, an infographic is a graphic that lays out information in a visually accessible format. Infographics are a great tool for teachers, school administrators, and transportation directors to quickly learn or teach others about safety tips, teaching methods, and new classroom technology.

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Topics: Bus Safety, Safety, Schools, Student Transportation

Maintaining Your School Bus Shocks

Posted by Lloyd Forbes on Jan 17, 2017 11:36:19 AM

Preparing your school bus fleet for the winter months can save you time by preventing malfunctions and money in potential repairs. One key area of focus that is sometimes overlooked is maintaining and replacing shock absorbers. Failure to inspect and repair damaged or malfunctioning shocks can lead to more than just an uncomfortable ride — it can cause unsafe driving conditions.

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Topics: Bus Safety, School Buses, Safety, Student Transportation, Weather

Winter is Here… Is Your Bus Fleet Ready?

Posted by Cameron Sito on Jan 10, 2017 12:17:31 PM

For kids, winter time means hot chocolate, snowmen and, of course, magical snow days. However, for school administrators, frigid days and inclement weather pose many problems. Whether you are a superintendent, school administrator or transportation director, you need to be prepared for hail and snow. This means making sure parking lots, bus lanes, and walkways are clear and salted.

It also means you need to make sure your bus fleet is ready to handle the next few months of slush and black ice. While school buses are statistically safer than other vehicles on the road, they must be kept in proper working condition and able to overcome anything Mother Nature throws their way.

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Topics: Bus Safety, School Buses, Safety, Weather

What Parents Should Know about Bus Routing

Posted by Prisha H on Nov 15, 2016 4:50:45 PM

Bus routing is not just “connecting the dots” between home and school. The routing process must take many different factors into account, including maximum bus capacity, maximum riding time for students, and start/end bell times for schools.

As a parent, efficient bus routing is important because it ensures your child is safely transported between home and school. That's right — the school bus your son or daughter takes to school every morning is the safest vehicle for him or her to ride in. With high seatbacks, bright flashing lights, giant mirrors, and easily discernible yellow coloring, school buses ensure your child is protected during their commute.

Bus routing is a complicated process and one of the most important elements for the success of a school district's transportation department. Taking time to understand the complicated process behind school bus routing is critical for school districts. After all, bus fleets are what bring students to and from school.

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Topics: Bus Safety, Safety, Bus Tracking App, GPS

Why Do School Buses Have Security Cameras?

Posted by Lloyd Forbes on Oct 11, 2016 11:01:49 AM

Not long ago, the idea of cameras in public places, cars and school buses seemed like science fiction. However, in today’s world, surveillance cameras provide a much-needed service to society. In many cases, the presence of a surveillance camera is enough to deter unruly behavior and prevent bullying or harassment on school buses.

Imagine you have a choice to send your child to school on Bus A or Bus B. Bus A has a surveillance camera that is set to record every morning and afternoon while Bus B has no camera. Which would you choose? Given the fact that 1 out of 4 students is bullied, you would be right to send your son or daughter to school on Bus A.

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Topics: School Buses, Safety

Types of Bullying: How to Tell if Your Child is Being Bullied

Posted by Prisha H on Oct 4, 2016 12:48:36 PM

Bullies have existed since the dawn of humanity and they aren’t going away any time soon. However, as a parent in 2016, it’s important to understand the different types of bullying and the warning signs that your child may be a victim.

When you were growing up, bullies did things like give “Indian” burns, wet willies and swirlies, or knock your books out of your hands. Yet like everything else in this world, bullying has evolved. That’s not to say it’s better or worse than it was years ago — it’s just different.

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Topics: Safety, Bullying