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Please click the link above to take a short (2 minute) survey regarding the 2021 OPTA Summer Conference and Trade Show! Thank you!
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Due to the current COVID restrictions and metrics in place, the South Willamette Board of Directors have regretfully canceled the 2021 Winter Workshop scheduled for February 20, 2021. We understand that many districts and locations attend the Winter Workshop to fulfill their employee's ODE classroom hours. We have identified a number of ODE-certified classroom instructors that are willing to travel to your location and help you if you are in need of on-going classroom instruction hours. If you are in need of ODE classroom hours, please email, with your request and we will put you in contact with a ODE-approved classroom instructor.
Click the link above to access selected 2018 OPTA Summer Conference PowerPoints.
Insurance Quotes ( provides a comprehensive informational guide for auto, home, renters, life, health or business coverage. If you have questions about your insurance needs, this website will help answer even the toughest ones. This information is provided as a resource to our OPTA membership!
Operation Lifesaver (OL) has a computer-based challenge for school bus drivers that prepares them to safely cross railroad tracks. The "Money Taxi" game is similar to a TV quiz show, but instead of taxicab passengers, school bus drivers compete to answer questions related to safety at highway-rail intersections. The tool can be used by a single player or as a challenge between teams.
Recently, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students and the Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center partnered with the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) to coordinate a special event on Creating a Safe and Respectful Environment on Our Nation’s School Buses. The link below will provide you with some fine resources. These are free bus driver training modules developed by the Safe and Supportive Schools TA Center. “Creating a Safe and Respectful Environment on our Nation’s School Buses” addresses bullying on school buses and includes 2 training modules (2 hours each), PP presentations, handouts, posters, and palm cards. It can be trained by anyone and has step by step instructions.
Two Oregon students win for their entries to the 2011 NAPT School Bus Safety poster contest. Division III - Grades 6-8: 2nd place - Elina Gouw, Portland Division V - CAD: 1st place - Marley Robb, Baker City Congratulations!
The transportation staff at Salem-Keizer Public Schools earned some high-profile awards, among other accomplishments during the past year.
Five Oregon school bus drivers recently competed in the International School Bus Driving Competition, held July 16-17 in Baltimore, MD. Oregon had an exceptional showing as three of the five drivers placed in the top ten of their respective categories. Congratulations to: Sandra Miller, Greater Albany Public Schools, 4th place conventional bus. Michael Morkve, Portland Public Schools, 4th place small bus. Gene Thrasher, Bend-LaPine Public Schools, 10th place transit bus. Robin Gibeau, Springfield Public Schools, 20th place transit bus. Theresa Wakefield, Silver Falls School District, 36th place conventional bus.
Diane Clinkscales, transportation and facilities coordinator for Neighbor Impact Head Start in Bend, Ore., will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the 2011 National Conference and Exhibition on Transporting Students With Disabilities and Preschoolers.
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With schools back in session, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood urges parents and students to be safety conscious and consider greener alternatives for getting to and from school, such as riding the school bus, walking or biking.

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