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Question of the Month Our latest trends survey (see pages 14-15) focused on driv-


er culture. We asked readers what they hope to gain from team-building exercises and how they will use what they have learned from them.


The exercises here are for the entire faculty and staff. It helps


promote the feeling among drivers that they are a part of the school and not just drivers isolated in the transportation depart- ment. It gives them a sense of community. — Ed Sallia, Transportation Supervisor Catlin Gabel Schools in Portland, Oregon


Stronger environment and cooperation between staff members. The ability to learn and depend on each other in times of need. Show staff that it is not difficult to ask for help when needed, and someone will be there to assist or help them. — Russell Newbold, Transportation Manager Community Council of Idaho MSHS in Caldwell, Idaho


Editor’s Note: An updated graphic on stnonline.com/go/5d


shows the states that authorize school districts to install stop-arm video cameras on school buses.


Yes, we can, but [most] local jurisdictions will not support it, sad-


ly. For the yellow states [ones that allow individual school districts or cities to install cameras], it needs to be a federal enforcement. — Cox Cody / Facebook Director of Transportation at Texas School District


Editor’s Note: A California school bus driver remained calm


during a hijacking attempt of her vehicle with 41 students on board. She activated the bus child safety alert system alarm by removing the keys from the ignition, which provided a distraction that allowed her to radio for help. stnonline.com/tag/drivers.


I think we all need this on-button for the radio that works even


when the keys [are] turned off and pulled. Turn the key off and my radio is a pretty paperweight. — Dianna L. Mathis / Facebook


For the Record An article on ridesharing in June further confused the topic by


indicating that the app service used by parents, and increasingly, some school districts, to transport students to and from school, is regulated differently than other transportation providers. Also, a quote attributed ridesharing to assisting Texas school districts with transporting students in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in 2017. The service was provided by ALC Schools. An article on driver retention strategies in June used an incor-


rect pronoun for Shawn A. Harris, director of transportation for Aurora Public Schools in Colorado.


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