National Association of

State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services


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Drivers / Training

The role of the school bus driver in ensuring the safe transportation of children to and from school and school-related activities is as important as any other link in the school transportation safety chain. Federal licensing and endorsements supplemented by state and local training are essential.

Passenger Training

The responsibility for safety of children on the school bus lies not only with the driver but also with parents and students. Resources for parents and training for students help to develop that essential cooperation with the school bus driver.

Routes and Stops

Transportation staffs must constantly balance safety and efficiency and nowhere is this more critical than on the bus route. Bus stop placement, route hazards and bus stop safety must be addressed by the school district while they use GPS and routing software to plan school bus routes and schedules.

Student Management

School bus drivers acknowledge that, while complicated, mastering the technical aspects of operating a school bus is simple compared to the task of managing the student passengers. Drivers, supervisors and school administrators each have a role to play in making sure that there are appropriate rules for students and that infractions are dealt with in a way that preserves the safety of students traveling to and from school.

Emergency Management

When groups of children are involved, contingency planning for emergencies cannot be ignored. Events may involve moving large numbers of children away from an emergency situation or the situation may affect those students while on their bus. Planning for the worst can make all the difference in achieving a positive outcome during tragic events that threaten the well being of student passengers.

Railroad Safety

Passengers are protected due to the strength and construction of school buses in nearly all collisions. But all bets are off when it comes to trains, which is why railroad crossing safety is so important. NASDPTS partners with Operation Lifesaver International to provide critical safety training for school bus drivers. As with other safety topics, parent and student education is also critical.

Our Mission and Purpose

The National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services was established in 1968. The membership represents all 50 states. The purpose of the association is to provide leadership, assistance and motivation to the Nation's school transportation community with the goal of providing safe, secure, efficient, economical, and high-quality transportation to school children on their trips to and from school and school-related activities.

NASDPTS membership is comprised of state and national leaders in school bus transportation, local school transportation administrators, suppliers of products and services, as well as grassroots practitioners. The membership represents all 50 states, the District of Columbia, school bus manufacturers and suppliers, state and national transportation associations, and others who support our mission and purpose.

This corporation is organized as a non-profit corporation exclusively for charitable, educational, scientific, promotional, literary, and safety awareness, within the meaning of Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code, which are related to the support, promotion, and common interest of education and pupil transportation programs.


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