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SPECIAL REPORT


necessary to keep them in their seats. “That’s what individualized education programs are


about,” Shutrump explained. “That means we have to transport students in the least restrictive environment. But it also has to have all the safety support to make that a safe ride.” Shutrump explained that the CPSTs need to “know the crash dynamics, the principles of occupant protection, and how child safety restraint systems are supposed to work in other vehicles, so that you can then figure out how to accommodate that child by using a CSRS in the specialized environment of the school bus.” Techs are also vital to the success of Montgomery


County Public Schools in Maryland, especially when transporting students who have special needs. The district has 1,800 school bus drivers on staff, with


over 500 special needs buses on the road every day. CPSTs serve as the liaison between the CSRS manufac- turers and the driving teams. The district employs two full-time CPSTs, plus one


retired part-time tech when needed. Leon Langley, the assistant director of transportation at the district, said he calls his techs “troubleshooters.” “It is based on the challenges, the variety of restraints, and as we expanded, the number of students identified


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with special needs. ... The need became apparent to have folks who are specialized in this,” Langley explained. He said the techs also hold training sessions through-


out the year, so that bus teams are up-to-date on CSRS. He added that the techs have their own vehicles with the necessary equipment onboard, and they roam between the various depots to field specific questions from drivers. The Montgomery County techs are also well-versed on using CSRS to safely secure children with behavior issues. “Every school system has ‘Houdini’s.’ All the safety


equipment in the world just won’t keep [some students] safely in their seat,” Langley explained. “These folks are very good at coming up with solutions and working with teams. They are multi-purpose, but really they are troubleshooters.” ●


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