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State and National Issues. Presented to 59 th FAPT Conference West Palm Beach June 27, 2006. Here we go … (in no particular order). Legislation, 2005 and 2006 Security Issues Head Start Regs Federal Physical Standards Ag Trucks. Here we go … (in no particular order).

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State and national issues

State and National Issues

Presented to 59th FAPT Conference

West Palm Beach

June 27, 2006


Here we go in no particular order

Here we go…(in no particular order)

  • Legislation, 2005 and 2006

  • Security Issues

  • Head Start Regs

  • Federal Physical Standards

  • Ag Trucks

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Here we go in no particular order1

Here we go…(in no particular order)

  • FAPT-recommended State Board Rules

  • SESPTC and Scholarship

  • S-endorsement and DHSMV Records

  • STMS Customer Survey

  • School Bus Bid Renewal and New Bid

  • OTETA Contract Reprocurement

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Here we go in no particular order2

Here we go…(in no particular order)

  • Review of Crashes and Reporting

  • Videos and Confidentiality

  • FAPT Website- Surveys, Dates…

  • Reporting of Student Data for Funding

  • Funding and Growth Trends

  • Monitoring Process (incl. ESE)

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Here we go in no particular order3

Here we go…(in no particular order)

  • Hazardous Walking Reporting

  • School Bus Quality and Delivery

  • O2, CSRSs, and Kelsey Ryan Act

  • New curriculum (could it be?)

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Here we go in no particular order4

Here we go…(in no particular order)

  • Bus Specs Updates

  • Hybrids, ULSD, Bio-diesel

  • Online Testing of Bus Inspectors

  • NCST Wrap-up

  • Others???

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Legislation 2005

Legislation 2005

  • Only two significant bills:

    • Implementing legislation for S-endorsement

    • Appropriations: $451,431,961

  • Significant FAPT input into two failed bills to remove lap belts requirement

  • FAPT Position on safety restraints

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Proposed legislation 2006

Proposed Legislation 2006

  • 99 and 622- Diana Kautz Safety Sponsors Act (failed)

  • 91 and others- Proximity of sexual offenders to bus stops (failed)

  • 359 and 1050- Driver cost-of-living increase (failed)

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Passed legislation 2006

Passed Legislation 2006

  • Transportation FEFP- increased 10% to $496,575,157 (for fuel and other costs)

  • A++ (HB 7087)- Improvements to MS and HS learning; school opens no earlier than 14 days before Labor Day

  • HB 1465- Enhanced Speed Limit Penalty Zones; multi-agency traffic safety study

  • SB 428- Increases mileage to $.445

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Passed legislation 20061

Passed Legislation 2006

  • SB 772- Relating to schools:

    • Was endorsed by FAPT to limit exceptions to use of buses

    • Clarifies that charter schools and districts may only use certain vehicles (NOT full size vans) for incidental transportation

    • Adds some agricultural education trips to limited circumstances when cars, trucks, or MPVs may be used

    • Students must be belted, may not drive on public right of way; may drive on private property if no other students

    • Drivers must comply with safe driver plan; driving records must be reviewed

    • Must have policy for liability and stating buses are to be used whenever practical

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Security issues

Security Issues

  • School Bus Watch (SBW) program introduced in Osceola County, Lake Yale

  • New School Transportation Security Awareness (STSA) DVD available now

  • TSA has on-site security assessment program

  • NSTA, NAPT, NASDPTS coordinating SBW

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Head start regs

Head Start Regs

  • Deadline for requirement to transport in school buses or AAVs extended to 6/30/06

  • Waivers may be granted from CSRSs and required attendants if “significant disruption (in program) and in best interests of children involved.”

  • NPRM published 5/30/06 would allow annual waivers of CSRS and attendant requirements

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Federal physical standards

Federal Physical Standards

  • Implemented in Florida by s.1012.45

  • Recent changes by FMCSA lower blood pressure thresholds

  • New Florida physical July 1, 2006, conforms to the federal physical

  • SAFETEA-LU required expanded exemption program for diabetes for interstate drivers

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Fapt recommended sbers

FAPT-recommended SBERs

  • Reviewed by FDOE management

  • Requires notice to parents about student safety responsibilities

  • Cleans up bus purchase rules

  • Requires local policies prohibiting cell phone use while actively driving and reducing idling

  • Requires pre-trip briefing for evacuation of students on field/activity trips

  • DOE will brief districts before implementation

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Sesptc scholarship opportunity for 2007

SESPTC Scholarship Opportunity for 2007

  • SE States Conference offering $1,000 scholarship to each state

  • To support higher ed expenses

  • Max. income limit of $60K

  • Parent or guardian employed in public school transportation for five years

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S endorsement and driver records

S-endorsement and Driver Records

  • All districts have verified compliance with S-endorsement

  • Congratulations!

  • Districts have begun reviewing driver records systems and deleting obsolete or incorrectly coded entries

  • DOE encouraging continued review

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Stms customer survey

STMS Customer Survey

  • 58 responses to date (of 400)

  • 21 of these from trans. directors

  • High interest in state bids for video systems, parts, tires, fuel

  • Service delivery: strong on phone, email, conferences; weak on web apps, onsite visits, individual in-service

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School bus bids

School Bus Bids

  • 2005-06 bid was renewed with Thomas, IC at same pricing

  • About 2,400 buses (record number)

  • New bid released by September

  • New bid will be for post-emissions buses with upgraded specs; most estimates are min. $5K increase

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Oteta reprocurement

OTETA Reprocurement

  • Current contract with FirstLab expires Sept. 30, 2006

  • DOE and district advisors working with FDOT on new procurement

  • FDOT will issue RFP and award new contract

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Crashes and safety

Crashes and Safety

  • 2005-06 to date: 11 fatalities in “other vehicle”; one pedestrian

  • Includes 7 children in tragic Union County truck-car crash; three serious injuries to bus riders and also to driver

  • 2004-05: 1 fatality on-board bus; 2 in other vehicle; 1 pedestrian hit by other vehicle; 2 peds by bus in load. zone; 1 ped by bus not in load. zone; others not classified as school bus related

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Crashes and safety1

Crashes and Safety

  • Nationally, 20 deaths in loading zone in 2004-05, incl. 14 by own bus.

  • FDOE implementing greater accountability measures for crash reporting

  • School buses remain far safer than other modes

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Videos and confidentiality

Videos and Confidentiality

  • FL law classifies videos on bus as student records

  • May be shown if personally identifiable information is redacted

  • FL Supreme Court refused appeal of ruling that districts do not have to release

  • Most videos in media come from law enforcement sources; districts advised to notify agencies of student records law

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Funding reporting

Funding Reporting

  • All districts now using new student database reporting system

  • Requires collaboration of MIS, Finance, and Transportation

  • Districts with over 5% change being contacted and providing explanations and/or correcting data

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Funding and cost trends

Funding and Cost Trends

  • Between 1995 and 2004:

    • State funding $$$ increased 21%

    • Trans. cost increased 50%

    • % reimbursement decreased from 66% to 53% (steady decline)

    • # of eligible transported students increased 13%

    • # of miles traveled increased 20%

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New funding initiative

New Funding Initiative

  • Commissioner and State Board have initiated a new process for developing Legislative Budget Requests for state aid to districts and schools

  • Districts will be formally involved and will advise the Dept. and the Legislature

  • DOE wants trans. to be an active participant

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Monitoring changes

Monitoring Changes

  • Fewer districts require on-site visits (prior compliance taken into account)

  • When on-site visit occurs, limited advance notice

  • District compliance generally improving

  • ESE component being considered

  • Process reviewed annually with districts

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State and national issues

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14 th ncst

14th NCST

  • Thanks to Karen Strickland, Mike Connors, Jerry Klein, Linda Fultz, Bill Schroyer (your esteemed FL delegation)

  • Thanks to Chuck Stevenson, Jean Zimmerman, Mike Connors, Bill Schroyer for service on writing committees

  • 2005 NSTSP now in print for sale; also free download at www.NCSTOnline.org

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Ulsd hybrids biodiesel

ULSD, Hybrids, Biodiesel

  • Sulfur in fuel reduced from 500 ppm to 15 ppm max (ULSD)

  • Fuel must be in place by October 15th

  • Engines built January 1st and up must meet new emissions specs using ULSD

  • National hybrid bus contract

  • Biodiesel being used in some districts

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Vans and safetea lu

Vans and SAFETEA-LU

  • Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Trans. Equity Act- a Legacy for Users

  • Signed into law August 10, 2005

  • First federal law prohibiting use of new full size vans for student transportation

  • Extends longstanding Florida prohibition for public schools to prohibit van use by private schools and private providers

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Air conditioning and specs

Air Conditioning and Specs

  • Comprehensive upgrade to A/C specs for 2006

  • Will allow ordering either roof-mounted or more traditional A/C systems

  • Other 2006 specs include high-back seats in all buses, three-point belts in Type A

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Bus quality initiatives

Bus Quality Initiatives

  • FAPT has established ad hoc Quality Control committee to develop action plan for improving ready-to-use condition of newly delivered buses

  • FAPT Purchasing Committee continues to work on bus bid incentives for accountability of specs compliance and bus quality

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Bus operators and techs our lifeblood

Bus Operators and Techs- Our Lifeblood

  • MCICAB will again recognize School Bus Operator of the Year

  • FDOE participating in Florida Public School Bus Drivers Association conference

  • Kudos to all participants in Florida and International School Transportation Safety Skills Competitions

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Hazardous walking

Hazardous Walking

  • Web reporting system updated on June 16th

  • “Attestation to accuracy” now electronic

  • DOE seeking input from district advisors on improvements to reporting and record keeping

  • Considering a “sunset” provision requiring locations be reviewed each five years

  • DOE will review reports after each survey

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New operator curriculum

New Operator Curriculum

  • Has received first step management approval; ready for State Board

  • Completely revamps the existing curriculum

  • Special emphasis on standard student crossing and RR crossing procedures

  • And more from Kay tomorrow!

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On line inspection testing

On-line Inspection Testing

  • Inspector recertification written test (required every 5 years) now being performed via internet application

  • Initial certification written test (100 question test) internet app now in pilot test phase

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Kelsey ryan act 2005

Kelsey Ryan Act (2005)

  • Amended s. 1002.20, F.S.

  • Gives students right to carry and self-administer epinephrine on school property

  • DOE guidelines published May 2006 cover student safety, identifying roles of parties, EMS role, nursing standards

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Upcoming events

Upcoming events:

  • 56th SESPTC, July 16-19, 2006, Hampton, VA

  • 24th FPSBDA, July 19-22, 2006, Sarasota

  • Int’l Safety Skills, July 23-24, 2006, Reno

  • 3rd Tech-Inspect Competition, August 3-4, 2006, Ft. Valley, GA

  • Nat’l School Bus Safety Week, Oct. 15-21, 2006

  • NASDPTS/32nd NAPT, Nov. 3-9, 2006, KC

  • 16th TSD, March 9-14, 2007, Louisville, KY

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Recent tans

Recent TANs

  • Quality Link, Trans. Profiles

  • Safety Week

  • Transporting Oxygen

  • Biodiesel Fuel

  • Bus Inventory

  • Inspector Test Schedule

  • Driver Physical Form

  • ULSD Fuel

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Record keeping for audits

Record Keeping for Audits

  • Upcoming TAN providing guidelines for maintaining records needed to survive FEFP audits by Auditor General:

    • Ridership and driver worksheets

    • Student addresses archived

    • Membership categories, distance eligibility

    • IEP weighted funding

    • HazWalk

    • Summer school and SAI

    • Vehicles used

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Questions

Questions????

  • More info at:

    • www.FAPTFlorida.org

    • http://www.firn.edu/doe/transp/

    • [email protected]

    • Other staff: [email protected]

    • (850) 245-9795

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