ONLINE The Industry Goes Online

While the industry conference schedule for 2020 was different than expected, the goal of providing industry professionals with information to better streamline their operations remained the same.

NASDPTS Recap The National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services took its annual conference online in November. The Federal Forums Plus conference featured presentations by federal agencies as well as a session on managing stress. Find articles on the event at

TSD Recap At the TSD Virtual conference in November, attendees heard from autism and child behavior specialists, transportation directors, bus contractors, medical experts and special education therapists on the fundamentals of transporting the nation’s most precious cargo. Visit to read select session recaps.

Stay tuned for STN EXPO virtual this month, Jan. 25 through Jan. 27. The event will feature sessions on innovation, safety and executive leadership as well as a daily trade show and networking opportunities. Don’t miss out! Visit for more information and to register at the price of $199.

Poll Did you attend a virtual conference in 2020? Vote now at

COVID-19 Update Some schools reopened while others shut their doors again due to the community spread of COVID-19. At

this writing, the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines had been approved by the FDA, and the National School Transportation Association is urging that school bus drivers be among the first U.S. essential workers to receive COVID-19 vaccines. Stay in the know by visiting

12 School Transportation News • JANUARY 2021

On the Wire STN shared news last fall about bus drivers safely evacuating students from onboard fires and performing CPR on a student who was choking on a piece of candy. Meanwhile, more school bus driver layoffs have resulted from COVID-19 and tragic student deaths on school buses or at stops continue. Read more at

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