Driver takes special-needs student to wrong school ... Durham team raises over $11K for Special Olympics

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Monday, September 08, 2014
Bus driver takes special-needs student to wrong school

A Hillsborough County (Fla.) Public Schools driver did not conduct a sweep of the bus after transporting students to their elementary school, and didn’t see the 9-year-old child sleeping on one of the rear seats when the bus stopped at the school. The driver continued on to pick up more students and transport them to their school, and, 40 minutes later, noticed the child and took her back to her school. The district is conducting an investigation.



Durham sales team raises over $11K for Special Olympics

In addition to raising $11,194 through duck sales, the team donates $5,000, which will help support year-round athletic training and competition for almost 21,500 Special Olympics athletes.



9 NAPT members earn special-needs endorsement

School transportation professionals from six states and one Canadian province complete the National Association for Pupil Transportation’s Special Needs Transportation program. The endorsement program consists of a series of classroom and hands-on training sessions.


School bus driver awarded for work with autistic students

Larry Eason, who has been driving for Hannibal (N.Y.) Central School District for 27 years, wins the Friends of Autism award from a county task force. One of Eason’s passengers nominated him for the award, writing that “Larry is my bus driver and he is my friend. ... He is always patient and takes great care of me.”


District changes safety policies for special-needs students after driver arrest

Canyons School District in Sandy, Utah, will no longer allow bus drivers to buckle and unbuckle seat belts and restraints after a former bus driver was charged with allegedly molesting two special-needs students. The district will also randomly select buses and review security video daily, as opposed to only when concerns are raised.

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