On Monday, Marysville School District bus driver Josie Powers thanked the 700-plus community members who turned out to support high school students as they returned to the site of an Oct. 24 school shooting. A male freshman opened fire on his friends and cousins in the cafeteria, killing three girls and wounding two boys before turning the gun on himself.
While Bullying Awareness Month brought this issue to the center stage in October, many school and transportation administrators may not know that bullying is a civil rights issue for students with special needs. The U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently issued guidance to schools outlining ways to prevent bullying and protect students, including the nation’s 6.5 million students who have disabilities.
David Anderson is the new national market manager for the school bus division of HSM, provider of integrated solutions to the transportation, furniture, bedding and a growing number of diversified markets.
Last week, Vermont approved the statewide use of the Gardian Angel school bus lighting system, making it the third state since June to give it the green light. The state of Mississippi approved it last August and Wyoming approved it in June.
Ten students were killed in the school bus loading and unloading zone during the 2013-2014 school year, according to a report released Wednesday by the Kansas State Department of Education. Five children were struck by a school bus and five by passing motorists.