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An April special report discussed pre-k safety and age-appropriate child safety restraint systems on school buses. National standardized training for transporting younger students is not required in most states. Read the report at

“Your pre-k program may have funds to buy the restraint seats. Ours bought 80 for us and we could install them prior to field trips.” Facebook/John Haynie

Washington, D.C., police responded to a call about an elementary student on the autism spectrum removing his face mask while on his school bus. Read what happened at

“This story is why I’m 90 percent sure I won’t go back to driving. Been driving special needs [students] for 10 years. I’m not upset with the child, I’m upset with the adults.” Facebook/ Wes Kosich

A reader responded to a recent sponsored Partner Update about school bus driver shortages. Discover more school transportation vendor perspectives at

“Another area I worked in. There are always jobs in transportation which pay decent wages. Hopefully, making sure our clients have their driver licenses should be a goal.” Barbara Wilson

A school district in Missouri used its school buses to transport senior citizens and other members of the community to a COVID-19 vaccine administration site. Read the article at

“One of the largest resources available to a community and one of the least utilized.” Facebook/John Haynie

As more districts begin the transition to cleaner fuel and energy options, including electric buses, there are many factors to be considered. Read the special report at

“Range, size, weight, cost... are all factors to be considered by the manufacturer. Whether the product is marketed with a battery enabling greater range is not directly related to the technology. The manufacturer may decide on a smaller battery with equivalent range.” Facebook/Marty Connair

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Editor Ryan Gray

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