News and announcements from OPTA
The 2017 NW Summer Workshop will be held June 28th, 29th, and 30th!!
Congratulations to Virginia Smythe from Greater Albany Public Schools! Virginia placed 1st in the Small Bus category at the 2016 International Safety Exercise held in High Point, NC. Congratulations Virginia!
Thomas McMahon, Executive Editor of School Bus Fleet Magazine, wrote of his experience attending the 2015 OPTA Summer Conference.
Insurance Quotes (insurancequotes.org) 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
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.
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.