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    Winter 2017 Photo Contest

    By School Bus Web, in Front Page Blog,

    The weather outside might be a bit frightful, but it makes for some absolutely beautiful photos! Get your camera ready because School Bus Web is hosting our third annual Winter photography contest!
    In the spirit of the season, we are looking for photos of school buses that are out in the winter weather!

    Here is the criteria:
    We are looking for winter weather photos or artwork that feature school buses.
    All submissions must follow forum rules (i.e., must be family-friendly)
    Photos/ artwork must be high-quality submissions (Photos must be taken by a camera - not a cell phone. Artwork must be scanned and presented professionally).
    All photo or artwork submissions must be completed by the submitter.
    Members are allowed to make multiple submissions.
    All members who participate in this contest must allow School Bus Web permission to use their photo/artwork on the SBW website, forums, and social media pages (Facebook & Twitter). By participating in this contest, you grant School Bus Web permission to use your content.
    Members may be asked to show proof of photography/creation if their creation authenticity is questionable.
      Submissions must be made via Private Message to @School Bus Web . Please be sure to submit a unique title for your entry!

    There will be three categories.

    -> Best overall (Picked by forum staff)
    -> Most popular (Picked by forum members through voting)
    -> Honorable Mention (Received most likes from forum members)

    Voting will start as soon as submissions are turned in.

    Winners will be announced (via forum) on Friday, March 3, 2017.

    Deadline for submissions: Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 11:59pm EST.

    Reward: Winning submissions will be posted on the School Bus Web site and Facebook Page on March 3, 2017!
    Enjoy!  
    Jake

    We're back!

    By Jake, in Front Page Blog,

    We're back in action for 2017!  Did you miss us?
    We've resolved our hosting problems and we're back stronger than ever. Unfortunately the site problems hit us during the holidays and we weren't able to get them resolved until now. We're doing everything possible to prevent this from happening again! We have a lot in store for 2017 and we can't wait to get the ball rolling again.
    Welcome back everyone!
    Reese
    What is some of the news that went on in the student transportation industry in the past week?
    Last week in school transportation, a group of Florida school bus drivers push for a pay raise, a Massachusetts district leads the way in sustainable school transportation, a boy jumps off a school bus to save his dog, and a Florida district looks at halting transportation for 7,500 students in order to cut spending.
    Links:
    FL School Bus Drivers Push For Pay Raise (Sarasota Herald-Tribune | heraldtribune.com)
    MA District Reflects On Electric School Bus Purchase (boston.com)
    Boy Jumps Off School Bus, Rescues Dog From Burning Home (The Washington Post | washingtonpost.com)
    FL District Looks To Cut Transportation For 7,500 Students (Tampa Bay Times | tbo.com)
    Discussion:
    What are your thoughts on this week's news? Feel free to comment below!
    See you next week!
    This week's featured forum topic: Bus Photos Found Online
    Steve
    Note/Disclaimer: School Bus Web does not typically feature content based on school bus accidents or crashes, but we are making an exception based on the significance of this case and the actions of the people involved.
    In Chattanooga, Tennessee, on November 21 (the Monday before Thanksgiving), a school bus transporting elementary students home was involved in a deadly accident.  After striking a utility pole, the bus driver lost control of his bus, resulting in the vehicle overturning and striking a large tree, nearly bending the bus in two.  Of the 37 elementary school students in the bus crash, there were 5 fatalities (at the time of writing) with six students in intensive care; 20 students were treated and released from the hospital.
    Aftermath 
    Following the bus crash, the 24 year-old school bus driver was arrested on multiple counts of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and reckless driving.  Along with various interviews of witnesses and the bus driver, the NTSB and police plan on reviewing footage from the surveillance cameras from inside the bus along with the GPS "black box", maintenance records of the bus; other tests include searching the drug and alcohol levels of the driver.
    Within 24 hours of the crash, a Tennessee state legislator began work on drafting a proposal requiring seatbelts in all school buses in the state, regardless of age.  Durham School Services, the national contractor that owned the school bus involved, updated its homepage with a statement (on a black-screen blackground) regarding the incident.
    Discussion
    Everyone in the school transportation community has their own their own opinions on incidents like these.  As a place that is meant bring everyone together, School Bus Web welcomes the comments of everyone on this subject. 
    Feel free to comment below or use the comments topic for this blog in the School Bus Web Forums.
    Further reading/Links:
    School Bus Fleet | Safety | 5 Students Killed in Tennessee School Bus Crash
    Lawmaker: Tennessee needs seat belt requirement for school buses The Tennessean (article about seatbelt proposal)
                CNN | Chattanooga crash: Investigators search for answers CNN.com
    New York Times | U.S. | Dead Children and a Crumpled School Bus Leave Chattanooga Dazed New York Times
    The Two-Way | At Least 5 Children Die In Tennessee School Bus Crash NPR news blog
    USA Today | News | Fatal Chattanooga school bus crash: What we know USA Today article (lots of information)
    Reese
    What is some of the news that went on in the student transportation industry in the past week?
    A group of school bus drivers say "No" to bigger bonuses, a Minneapolis school district utilizes a mobile application to help prevent students from missing the bus, a school bus is converted into a playground for a special needs student, and a New Jersey school bus driver's note to parents goes viral.
    Links:
    School Bus Drivers Say "No" To Big Bonuses (Winston-Salem Journal | journalnow.com)
    MN School District Utilizes Mobile Application To Track School Bus Times (KARE 11 Minneapolis | kare11.com)
    School Bus Converted To Playground For Special Needs Student (Nashville Channel 5 | newschannel5.com)
    NJ School Bus Driver's Note To Parents Goes Viral (NJ.com | nj.com)
    Discussion:
    What are your thoughts on this week's news? Feel free to comment below!
    See you next week!
    This week's featured forum topic: Kentucky Bus Discussion
    Reese
    What is some of the news that went on in the student transportation industry in the past week?
    Last week in school transportation, a school bus driver saves Halloween between routes, a Montana school district resumes school bus service, a California school district school bus maintenance facility catches fire, and a Texas lawsuit challenges the legality of school bus stop arm cameras.
    Links:
    School bus driver saves Halloween between routes (WPXI-TV | wpxi.com) - SBW Article/Forum Topic
    MT School District Resumes Bus Service After Driver Shortage (Bozeman Daily Chronicle | bozemandailychronicle.com)
    CA School Bus Garage Fire Posed Difficult Challenge for Firefighters (Fox 40 Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto | fox40.com)
    TX Lawsuit Challenges School Bus Stop Arm Cameras (KXAN-TV | kxan.com)
    Discussion:
    What are your thoughts on this week's news? Feel free to comment below!
    See you next week!
    This week's featured forum topic: "Virtual" School Buses
    Don't forget to check out the latest school bus photography gallery update!
    Steve
    What do school bus drivers do during the break between their morning and afternoon routes?  That is topic that have a wide variety of answers, but this week, an eastern Pennsylvania school bus driver decided to save the day for one of her riders-no superhero costume needed.
    What did she do that "saved the day" ?  Baking some cupcakes.  On October 31st, a fourth-grade student had boarded the morning bus with a tray of home-baked cupcakes intended for her class Halloween party.  However, things changed as another student boarding the bus tripped on one of the bus steps, which sent the tray of cupcakes off the tray and over the stepwell of the bus.
    Borrowing the empty cupcake tray from the student, between the morning and afternoon bus routes, the school bus driver returned home to bake two dozen more cupcakes to replace the first batch.  Delivered to the school by the bus driver, the second batch of cupcakes made the student cry again; this time, out of surprise, leading the whole class to write the bus driver a card.
    Discussion
    While accidents happen and this shows how important it is to be careful on the steps when entering and exiting the school bus, things like these are examples of where the smallest things can make a big difference.  Instead of looking the other way, the school bus driver sought to make a change.
    In your experience, how has a school bus driver made a difference for you or in your community? 
    Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments!
    Further reading
    School bus driver makes cupcakes after girl's are ruined | WPXI.com - article link
    Reese
    What is some of the news that went on in the student transportation industry in the past week?
    Lately in school transportation, an New York City bus driver strike is averted, North Carolina parents devise a plan to combat bullying on the bus, a Des Moines district experiments with seat belts under an Iowa Department of Transportation study, and a bus load of students encounters an oddity on Halloween.
    Links:
    NYC School Bus Driver Strike Averted (CBS New York | newyork.cbslocal.com)
    NC Parents Devise Plan To Prevent Bullying On The Bus (WGHP-TV/Fox 8 | myfox8.com)
    Iowa District Experiments With Seat Belts On School Buses (Des Moines Register | desmoinesregister.com)
    School Bus Encounters Headless Horseman on Halloween (Star News Online | starnewsonline.com)
    Discussion:
    What are your thoughts on this week's news? Feel free to comment below!
    See you next week!
    This week's featured forum topic: What is the Most Out-Of-Place Bus in Your District or Area?
    Reese
    What is some of the news that went on in the student transportation industry in the past week?
    Last week in school transportation, a Kentucky school district proposed attendance incentives for bus drivers, a South Carolina school bus catches fire, we look back on Hurricane Matthew, and in an odd chain of events, a flare gun is accidentally fired on a school bus.
    Links:
    KY district proposes $100 bonus for bus drivers with perfect attendance (WDRB | wdrb.com) - Forum Topic
    SC School Bus Catches Fire, "Not the first time" (WFXG Fox 54 | wfxg.com) - Forum Topic
    SC School Bus Hurricane Evacuation Reportedly Cost $1M (Greenville Online | greenvilleonline.com) - Forum Topic
    Flare Gun in Student Backpack Accidentally Fired Aboard School Bus (WTVR | wtvr.com)
    Discussion:
    What are your thoughts on this week's news? Feel free to comment below!
    See you next week!
    This week's featured forum topic: Fleet Rosters
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