Te following letter to the editor is in reference to the August 2018 magazine edition (

Another great thought-provoking issue. Tank you. Along with grateful rec- ognition of “Garage Stars,” I especially enjoyed reading “A Pre-Trip Inspection a Day Keeps the Lawyers Away.” Denny Coughlin and Joe Scesny outline a simple, but thorough how-to do things right tip-sheet regarding school trans- portation safety with practical strategies to open communication between the front office and back shop. Both of these knowledge areas are needed to build resilience in kids, drivers and monitors. Serious challenges for school bus safety are certainly on the rise. However, the passion, professionalism and know-how of our leadership, drivers and technical staff reflect a steady report card for every route driven and every child seated. Tanks again! —Elaine Shea, Head Start Grantee Specialist Missoula, Montana

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Which is the safest position for wheelchairs on a bus? Forward, backward or side facing? Is there a particular place safer than another, such as access to a door?

“Wheelchairs should always be transported forward-facing in a school bus or passenger vehicle. Te safest place on the bus is one that has easy access to the emergency exit door and one that accommodates the needs of the wheelchair-seated student. Often times the back of the bus has a very bumpy ride that medically fragile students cannot tolerate. Te middle of the bus may have a smoother ride. Children who are at risk of needing a medical intervention during the trip may need to be near an open floor area where the child can be placed for CPR or other help. Tese needs should be assessed during the IEP meeting. —Mirian Manary, Sr. Research Associate University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute

Last month, we invited readers to submit photos of school buses decorated for local Christmas light parades. Below are several comments we received in response to the photos we posted at

Looks awesome. Looks like our team needs to kick it up another notch next year. —Mike Schlosser, Transportation & Fleet Operations Manager Springfield (Oregon) Public Schools

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Tis is very neat … thanks for letting us get it in the article!

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