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2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Frisco 1 ¢Fire Suppression Systems and Special Needs Routes Operations & Safety Presenters: Max Christensen, Peggy Stone & Michael Warner The June 2019 recommendation by the National Transportation Safety Board has resulted in many questions about installing fire suppression systems in all school buses, especially those that transport students with special needs. Hear from a student transportation operation that was on the cutting edge of installing the equipment several years ago. A state director who participated in NTSB’s investigation of the fatal 2017 fire onboard an Iowa school bus that resulted in the recommendation, will also share insights into how the technology could prevent similar tragedies from happening in a special needs setting.


2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Frisco 2 ¢School Bus Discipline Procedures to Remain in Compliance with IDEA and Section 504 Law & Policy Presenter: Dianna Bowen Transportation is considered to be one of the most fundamental prerequisites for a student to benefit from special education. Indeed, it is the very first related service mentioned in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). If a student needs to get to a school or other location to receive the IEP, the student needs to be transported to that program. However, how should bus operators respond when a special needs student acts aggressively on the school bus? How do school districts balance the needs of the special education student to receive FAPE with the requirements to safely transport all students? Special education attorney Dianna Bowen will provide insight into dealing with unsafe behaviors of special education students on the school bus while still complying with the legal rights of the student under the IDEA and Section 504.


2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Frisco 3 ¢The Impact of Early Bus Rides for Special Needs Students on the Total Academic Experience Leadership & Collaboration Presenter: Christopher Salem Ozuna Research performed by the University of California at Santa Barbara’s Gervitz Graduate School of Education indicates that a lack of school busing for kindergarten students can lead to chronic absenteeism, the fifth indicator of student success under ESSA, later in their academic career. The issue is especially perilous for students with disabilities. Learn how research is expanding to draw correlations between school bus rides and school attendance patterns for students with disabilities.


3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Frisco 1 ¢Emergency Planning Strategies for Preschool Transporters Operations & Safety Presenter: Russell Newbold A retired law enforcement professional and current Head Start transporter will discuss how to create or refine your operation’s training procedures for preparing school bus drivers, monitors and students to respond to emergency situations.


3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Frisco 2 ¢Special Medication and Equipment on the School Bus Law & Policy Presenters: Launi Harden & Angela McDonald Participants will learn about the most commonly prescribed emergency medications that student transporters may encounter on the school bus.


3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Frisco 3 ¢Developing Leadership in Special Ed Transportation Staff Leadership & Collaboration Presenter: Anthony Pollard Creating a culture shift in transportation departments can be difficult. Mechanics and route specialists are suddenly thrown into leadership roles without having any leadership development. This class will help to close those gaps. Leaders need to identify potential high achievers for leadership roles, and then expose them to modeling and training. Learn how to help leaders by giving them some tools and resources to take back with them to train their high-achievers on how to lead. This will help them to better communicate with special needs department heads.


Wednesday, March 25


8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. | Frisco 2 ¢Coffee’s on Us, Tips Are Appreciated Back by popular demand, a focus group convened over complimentary coffee served in TSD collector’s mugs shares lessons learned from the past week and how attendees plan to implement them into real-world operations. TSD staff solicits feedback on what went well (and what can be improved on) to make TSD a continued resource for special needs and preschool transporters.


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