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3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Frisco 3 ¢Length of Ride Time in Special Needs & Preschool Transportation Law & Policy Facilitator: Cathy Staggs Panelists: Anthony Pollard, Debbie Rike & Peggy Stone The length of ride time for students with disabilities and preschool students has been and continues to be a challenging issue for school districts across the country. We sometimes must transport students long distances from their homes to receive specialized services. And yet the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) deems it discrimination if these students have longer ride times than those of their typical peers. How can we provide transportation to necessary services, making sure not to shorten their school day and still be good stewards of taxpayer money? How long is too long? Come share in a discussion with the panelists, who have experience with this issue from positions similar to yours, and let’s try to figure it out together.


3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Ranger/Sea Biscuit/Traveller ¢Ensuring Driver and Attendant Job Descriptions Match the Service Provided Leadership & Collaboration Facilitator: Alexandra Robinson Panelists: Kenny Mulder & Rebecca Sykes The essential daily functions of any employee are important, but when it comes to drivers and attendants, our “vagueness” doesn’t help! This session will explore the challenges and confusion that are often present with the necessary functions of drivers and attendants. A successful leader knows not everything can be “other duties as assigned.” Clarity of communication and training are essential when matching skill sets with the needs of our most fragile passengers.


6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ¢TSD Madness Trade Show Reception in the Frisco Ballroom


Monday, March 23


8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. | Frisco 1 ¢Mental Health First Aid on the School Bus General Session Presenter: Adam Sáenz Merge the worlds of driving a school bus and psychology with this talk from a leading expert on mental health for students. The underlying presence of emotional intelligence, or EQ, is the best resilience factor for mental illness. School bus drivers literally hold the keys to creating a safe environment for their students. At the same time,


they need tools to keep themselves both safe and sane. Learn the four things you can do to build relationships with kids on buses that ensure you are a good buffering zone for their and your best mental health.


9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Frisco Ballroom ¢Trade Show and Lunch


2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Ranger/Sea Biscuit/Traveller ¢Relationship-based Behavioral Intervention & De-escalation Operations & Safety Presenter: Adam Sáenz Especially when working with children who have emotional needs, what do you do to keep them safe on the school bus? Can you recognize when “it” is about to happen? Stop it before it happens. Early intervention for emotional volatile behavior/outbursts on the school bus requires preparation, training, understanding and teamwork. Learn strategies from a leading child psychologist.


2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Frisco 1 ¢Impact on the Ride: Knowing and Understanding 13 Student Disabilities/Characteristics Law & Policy Facilitator: Peggy Burns Panelists: Laura Blankenship, Angela McDonald, Julie Jilek & Marisa Weisinger IDEA recognizes 13 disability categories that apply to 3- through 21-year-old students who are eligible for services, including transportation. Do you and your team know them, not to mention grasp what each one means? The latter can differ from student to student, so it’s vital that you provide practical information to school bus drivers and monitors around a full scope of how these traits can manifest themselves in a transportation setting. More importantly, how do you ensure compliance with that training to increase student safety and keep yourself out of court?


2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Frisco 3 ¢CDL vs. Non-CDL: Strategies to Combat the Driver Shortage Leadership & Collaboration Facilitator: Alexandra Robinson Panelists: Kenny Mulder & Rebecca Sykes Recruitment and retention of school bus drivers are at a critical crossroads, so innovation is key. Come strategize and explore with us as our panel discusses creativity, contracting, alternative transportation and in-house solutions. Sometimes out-of-the-box and nontraditional solutions are required to ensure all children’s needs are met.


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