Special Training Sessions
As of 8/8/23. Subject to Change
NHTSA Child Passenger Safety on School Buses National Training
Thursday 11/16 | 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Maximum of 60 participants | Separate registration and fees required.
Instructors: Kathy Anneken, Denise Donaldson, Fred Doelker, Kala Henkensiefken, Jacqueline Leach, Miriam Manary, David Murphy, Susan Shutrump & Charlie Vits
The newly updated 2023 Child Passenger Safety on School Buses National Training provides an overview of the use of child safety restraint systems on school buses, with a focus on pre-school aged children and children with disabilities. Instructional videos are incorporated throughout the training. Participants are provided time for hands-on practice with guidance from skilled staff members. Nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will earn 3.5 continuing education units (CEUs) for course completion.
This seminar is available to as an add-on to Main Conference registration, or can be taken by itself. Registration and fees required.
Wheelchair Securement Boot Camp Training
Thursday 11/16 | 2–4pm
Hosted by AMF-Bruns of America
At this Training Boot Camp, student transporters will learn to train with AMF Bruns’ recently launched automatic and self-tensioning Silver Series retractors. With this course, school transportation professionals will be provided the tools to support and teach their teams proper safety techniques, which included hands-on training. The key objective to this course include: Overview of equipment, Securing the wheelchair, Securing the occupant with a different variety of occupant securements, Understanding your vehicle floor anchorages, WC 18 and WC 19 and understanding the regulation; identifying a WC 19 wheelchair, Raising awareness about risks of not properly securing passengers, Deboarding passengers, and Passenger sensitivity/etiquette.
Certification will be provided upon completion of this course.
This seminar is available to Main Conference Attendees but requires separate registration at no extra charge. Class size is limited to 75 participants.
Wheelchair Securement Training | Special Needs Roadeo
Friday 11/17 | 2–4pm
Hosted by Q’Straint/Sure-Lok
Receive instruction from Q’Straint/Sure-Lok representatives on proper securement of wheelchairs in school buses. This class is a refresher class for TSD Roadeo contestants as well as main conference attendees.
Separate registration is NOT required
Hands-on School Bus Evacuations for Students with Special Needs & Preschoolers
Saturday 11/18 | 9am–4pm OR Monday 11/20 | 9am–4pm
Maximum of 32 participants | Separate registration and fees required
Onsite at Frisco ISD
Instructors: Denny Coughlin, Launi Harden, Aaron Harris & Diandra Neugent
Obtain a better understanding of evacuation best practices and know-how to properly and quickly get students of all ages off the bus before they even board. This all-day training will take place at Prosper ISD. Transportation will be provided. It will combine classroom instruction with hands-on practice on real buses. Learn the importance of knowing student information and their individual capabilities, training students and staff, the role of dispatchers, creating seating charts, and developing an evacuation. The hands-on training includes a blanket drag, belt cutting, wheelchairs, and timed evacuation in a bus filled with theater smoke to simulate a fire.