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A March online special report discussed if interior video cameras should be required for nonyellow school bus vehicles that transport students. Visit to read the article.

I believe any vehicle a district uses to transport students should have cameras for everyone’s protection. Facebook/Sandy Hudnall Dillman

It seems that districts put fewer cameras on smaller buses and non- school bus vehicles, but since many sexual abuse cases involve kids with disabilities, they lack the protection big bus riders receive. Facebook/Ted Finlayson-Schueler

This can be an issue with using smaller contracted bus operators. Users need to ask if their service uses videos or if they have any other security measures. Facebook/Fortress Mobile

In March, STN postponed the TSD Conference due to the coronavirus outbreak. It has been rescheduled for October, to be held in conjunction with STN EXPO Indy. Visit for all the details.

Sad day but thanking those who are in charge for wanting to keep all of us safe! We will be looking out for the new changes for the conference. Facebook/Jami Ruiz

We asked our readers on social media what their dream feature for school buses would be. Here are some responses:

Roomba or same type of little autonomous vacuum that could dock during the drive and clean after each route. Facebook/Cassidy Miller

A sprinkler system. Facebook/John Haynie

I want a “Cow Catcher,” like on the front of a train, but have it designed to move cars out of our way in the bus loading zones at schools. So, a cross between a cow catcher and a snowplow, pushing the vehicles to one side out of our way, so we can get in to drop or load the kids. Facebook/Melissa Konkel

I’d be happy with A/C and a radio. Facebook/Joseph Osborne

If I were still in a cold part of the country, a hot chocolate dispenser or apple cider dispenser would be nice. However, right now I would be happy if I could just get back on a school bus to serve the students. Instagram/@michaelabenedict

8 School Transportation News • MAY 2020

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