Vicky Jarvis, a school bus driver with Educational Bus Transportation, has received the “Driver of the Year” award from the Nassau Chapter of the New York Association for Pupil Transportation (NYAPT). The announcement was made by NYAPT Nassau Chapter President Keyana Wright.
“The Nassau NYAPT Chapter is proud to recognize Vicky Jarvis, who provides exemplary school bus transportation service. Drivers like Vicky perform their duties with the utmost concern for our students’ safety and welfare. For this we honor Vicky today by naming her Driver of the Year.”
Keith DiBlasi, a parent in the Seaford Union Free School District, nominated Jarvis, who has driven his daughters and her classmates to and from school for nearly two years. He noted that “Miss Vicky,” as she is referred to by the children, “is a friendly face with a positive and upbeat disposition who greets each child with a smile and by name every morning. In addition to performing her primary duties safely and on schedule, she goes over and above the call of duty, driven by a genuine concern for the children in her charge.” DiBlasi detailed numerous examples of why he nominated Jarvis for Nassau NYAPT Driver of the Year, concluding, “Miss Vicky is clearly the type that takes pride in all aspects of her work and prioritizes child safety in a way that sets an example for all professionals charged with child care.”
Educational Bus Transportation President Sean Corr observed, “Everyone at Educational Bus Transportation joins me in congratulating Vicky on this honor. She is a dedicated school bus driver who exemplifies our emphasis on safety and our concern for the students we transport. She is also a wonderful person and who is very deserving of this award.”
Educational Bus Transportation, a member organization of The Trans Group, serves school districts in eastern Nassau and western Suffolk counties. This is the second year in a row one of its drivers was named Nassau NYAPT Driver of the Year, with driver Deanna Jankowski honored last year.
The Trans Group provides transportation to hundreds of thousands of passengers annually in lower New York state and Long Island. With more than 1,300 vehicles and over 2,000 employees, The Trans Group is actively involved in the school bus industry on the state and federal level. More information is available at www.thetransgroup.com.
Waterville man invents tool to help keep kids safe in the classroom
A man in Waterville has come up with a tool he says will keep kids safer in the classroom.
Ryan Bowman never thought he’d become an inventor, but he says he became one after seeing more and more school shootings.
“It really makes you as a parent nervous and you’re like. ‘I can’t be there with my kid at the school if something like this happens,’ because they’re unpredictable,” Bowman said.
He and his wife came up with the safety wedge.
He says he came up with it after seeing a woman post online about giving her nieces door stoppers to bring to school.
Knowing that wouldn’t keep an active shooter out, they designed the rubber wedges with a special design.
“It will actually fold up under itself preventing the door from being able to continuing to go and someone from barging in,” Bowman said.
Even while pulling on it, after it folded, the wedge wouldn’t budge.
Giving whoever put it there time to run, hide, or worst case scenario, fight.
The safety wedge is being manufactured in Maine. They’re now hoping through pre-orders they’ll be able to build a new mold to be able to make more than just one wedge at a time.
“Our mold we have right now is a one-cavity mold, so it can only make one at a time, we’re looking to get up to a four-cavity mold so four can be made at a time.
At $25 apiece, Bowman hopes it’s an inexpensive way to give parents peace of mind.
“My son does have one that he takes with him to school right now and just knowing that it’s there makes a big difference,” Bowman said.
A big difference he hopes nobody has to use.
If you’re interested in a safety wedge, click here.
They say they are taking pre-orders now and will be sending them out in April.
School bus involved in rollover crash near Tolleson
Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a school bus full of kids crashed and rolled on its side near Tolleson Wednesday morning.
The crash happened near Southern Avenue and El Mirage Road at about 7:30 a.m.
The school bus had six children on board who were all uninjured and released to their parents, according to Littleton Elementary School District.
The driver of the bus was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.
Sgt. Bryant Vanegas with MCSO said the crash involved one other vehicle that ran a stop sign. The driver of that car had no injuries.
Impairment and speed do not appear to be factors in the crash, Vanegas said.
What school bus drivers can do to diminish the likelihood of bus stop tragedies following accidents in Indiana, Mississippi
School bus drivers who pick up students should be sure no vehicles are moving before motioning for the children to enter, a school safety expert said after four kids were killed in two separate accidents this week.
The children were killed as they tried to get on buses in Indiana and Mississippi. The driver in Indiana specifically told investigators that he saw the pickup truck driven by Alyssa Shepherd in the distance before Tuesday’s accident, but believed she would stop, according to WRTV.
“You don’t have kids go into the road until all traffic is stopped,” Safety Rules! founder Ted Finlayson-Schueler told the Daily News on Thursday.
According to the Commercial Driver’s License manuals in both Indiana and Mississippi, bus drivers are supposed to make a final check “to see that all traffic has stopped before completely opening the door and signaling students to approach.”
However, he emphasized that students should also be well informed on when it is safe to enter their bus.
“To be perfectly honest with you, the problem is the drivers and the students don’t have a specific plan to deal with motorists who don’t stop for the lights,” said Finlayson-Schueler, who is based in Syracuse.
He said students should be trained and educated on when to enter the bus.
Shepherd, the Indiana driver, was charged with three counts of reckless homicide in connection with the deaths of 6-year-old twin brothers Xzavier and Mason Ingle and their older sister Alivia Stahl, who was 9. Local residents had complained the bus stop was not safe, and the location has since been changed.
The bus driver has not been charged.
The following day 9-year-old Dalen Thomas was fatally struck by a truck in Mississippi as he tried to get on his bus.
And there were two more tragic incidents on Thursday. A 7-year-old boy in Pennsylvania was fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver while waiting for his bus, and five people, including three children, were struck by a car at a school bus stop in Florida. One child was critically injured.
Finlayson-Schueler said there are about 5-10 fatal incidents during the school year related to students trying to get on buses, so “to have four happen in a week is pretty statistically unusual.”
He said the National Association for Pupil Transportation is aiming to lower fatalities to zero by 2025. The organization’s conference and trade show took place this week in Missouri.
“For this to happen at same time, it shows we have a lot of work to do,” Finlayson-Schueler said.
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