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Question of the Month The following responses come from this month’s Trends survey,

in which we asked what is the top safety or security challenge facing readers’ operations. For more, turn to page 18.

Tough one, but I would say driver distraction with motorists

not paying attention to the road, creating additional hazards. —Pam Swanks, Director of Transportation Dripping Springs ISD in Texas

Getting the children to wear their seat belts. When you have

three middle school students to a seat, it is nearly impossible for them to wear them. —Kenneth Husband, Director of Transportation Corning Union High School & Elementary School District in California

Everyone talked about active shooter in the school. Not much training is available regarding buses. And no option to defend ourselves is offered. —Amy Rosa, Director of Transportation/School Safety Wa-Nee Community Schools in Indiana

Stop arm violations and our locations are very rural. Response time in the event of an emergency could be crucial. —Kristy Drewitz Madison-Grant United School Corporation in Indiana

Concerns with diesel emissions. We are a small district and

don’t qualify for grants, yet we have an aging fleet. —April Carroll Grant Elementary School District in Redding, California

NHTSA Training at TSD Conference A TSD Spotlight Video highlighted a National Highway Traf-

fic Safety Administration training event for properly securing students in school buses and that was hosted at the TSD Confer- ence in March. The training will also be available at the STN EXPO conference in Indianapolis next month and in Reno in July. Visit for more information.

Was any of the training conducted in an actual bus? —Mort Homer Via YouTube

Editor’s Note: The training was not conducted on an actual bus.

However, the classroom had bus bench seats, car seats and child safety restraint systems available for attendees to perform hands- on securement with the help of instructors. Read more on the training at

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