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Trends and Advances in Modern Bus Wash Systems

Westmatic’s bus wash systems are designed with effectiveness and efficiency being paramount. Our systems are robust and reliable, and most school districts opt for either a two-brush drive through system or three-brush gantry system. Brush systems are more effective than strictly touchless systems and both styles of wash systems are extremely versatile, which allow for […]

Exclusive Interview: Melody Coniglio, CDPT, CSNT

School BUSRide spoke with Melody Coniglio, CDPT, CSNT, director of transportation for the Kenston Local Schools in Ohio and Region 3 director for the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT®) about National School Bus Safety Week, NAPT® leadership, and pupil transportation safety. Please introduce yourself – let us know a little about your background in […]

A Formula for Specialized Transportation Decision-Making at Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team Meetings

An Individualized Education Program, commonly known as an IEP, is a child-specific written document to ensure that a child with an identified disability attending school receives appropriate specialized instruction and related services. “Related services means transportation and such developmental, corrective, and other supportive services as are required to assist a child with a disability to […]

The Connected School Bus — Where Video Becomes Safety

Around 25 million students in the US hop on a school bus each weekday. Thanks to its design and the regulations around it, this vehicle is one of the safest on the road. It provides 70 times more safe arrivals at school, compared to a personal car¹. Even so, injuries occur on a daily basis […]


School BUSRide spoke with National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chair Jennifer Homendy. Homendy is the 15th chair of the NTSB after being nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate. Created in 1967, the NTSB is an independent federal agency charged by Congress with investigating every civil aviation accident in the United States and […]

That Sense of Belonging

In her 1990s ‘Clan of the Cave Bear’ book series, author Jean Auel described early mankind as communal, with annual gatherings of the tribes to share foods, sports, medicines, religion, clothing, and social traditions. Each time I’ve attended a NAPT Annual Conference and Trade Show over the years, I felt that spirit inside me; that […]

Risk Intelligence: A New Approach

Editor’s Note: This article is a continuation of last month’s “Highly Risk Intelligence School Districts” by Lee Gaby. Please see the August 2022 edition online at for that article. The concept of risk intelligence can be understood as practices that go before, along with, and beyond risk management. Whenever there is a concern for […]

Suffolk County Partners with BusPatrol for Stop-Arm Safety in New York

BusPatrol is delivering on its promise of making roads safer for children across New York State. In late 2020, BusPatrol partnered with Suffolk County to create the largest stop-arm enforcement program of its kind – with 71 school districts participating and more than 4,000 buses equipped with technology. Drivers illegally pass stopped school buses more […]

NAPT Leadership Speaks on Return of NAPT Conference in 2023

The National Association of Pupil Transportation® (NAPT®) Conference and Trade Show will return in 2023 to Columbus, Ohio from October 27 – 31, delivering unrivaled and in-person professional development opportunities. School BUSRide spoke with NAPT Board President Rick Grisham, E.d.S., and NAPT Foundation President Steven Kalmes about this exciting news and what members can expect. […]

Highly Risk Intelligent School Districts

Enduring capacity and improvements in readiness, reliability, and resilience are needed to increase stakeholder confidence in public education Movies tend to bring us closer together in shared experiences. Sometimes the lessons imparted through the cinematic arts are obvious. All too often the lessons are obscured or lost in the drama and special effects.  What would […]