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Training Program to improve the skills of driver trainers. “Our Behind-the-Wheel Training


Program comes with a lot of trainer tools. Tere’s a flip chart that tells them exactly how to set up a closed course, and coaching skills development tells the trainer how to tell someone to make a correct right- or left-hand turn and parallel park,” said Kathy Furneaux, executive director of PTSI, a nonprofit organization in East Syracuse, N.Y. “It teaches the trainer how to be effec- tive in their training.” She is quick to credit Faye Stevens for


developing the five-day Train the Trainer Academy, as well as the 30 consultants, instructors and trainers in the trenches who gave valuable input. “So far everyone who has used it just


loves it. Tey say it’s the most comprehen- sive approach they’ve ever seen, especially in areas where there’s no real training require- ments for the people who do the training,” Furneaux said. “Tere are a lot of programs for classroom instruction, but not a lot of training for people who will be out on a course, so this bridges that gap.” While Jeff Cassell, president of the


School Bus Safety Company in Hudson, Ohio, has provided school bus driver train- ing programs for 20-plus years, he noted there is still more ground to cover. It is his job to think of common hazards that may not grab national headlines but still pose a serious threat, such as live power lines. “We have a new training program to teach


school bus drivers what to do if power lines ever fall on a school bus, which happens a lot more than you can imagine,” said Cassell, who previously managed all safety programs for the Laidlaw Group. “If a high-voltage power line ever falls on a bus that’s still energized and anyone tries to exit that bus, it could be a disaster for all aboard.” His team finished writing the script


in March and began filming the video in April. Tere will be a video program for both drivers and students, along with a trainer’s guide and study guide for drivers. Cassell’s company is a partner of the new Child Safety Network, or CSN, Safety Bus that relies on corporate sponsorship of school districts to provide at no-charge GPS, student tracking, parent notification systems and driver and student training. “We are just now creating Safety Lead- ership and Train the Trainer programs for school buses, which is going to close the gap on what’s needed. We plan to have them out in June,” Cassell continued. 


52 School Transportation News May 2014


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