This session reminded attendees that, like businesses, school districts have one more year — until Jan. 1, 2015 — under Obamacare to provide health insurance to part-time employees who work 30 hours or more. It also stressed that transportation directors should use this extended time to calmly and effectively analyze their workforce in order to retain their services.
A session held last week at the 20th annual STN EXPO sought to suggest ways student transporters in Head Start programs could stop the hemorrhaging caused by the 5.27 percent sequestration reduction, and redistribute resources to mitigate the impact on the families participating in their programs.
Last Wednesday Kentucky State Police released the cause of a 2012 Carroll County, Ky., school bus crash that took the lives of two preschool students in a Head Start program. Investigators said it was operator error on the part of the bus driver.
Entire communities respond to serious school bus crashes, so entire communities should be included in exercises designed to coordinate community resources during real events. This was the theme last week during a presentation titled “Developing a Mock Casualty Exercise” at the 20th annual STN EXPO in Reno.