back to another exciting school year in Pupil Transportation. I am
so honored to have been elected to serve as your President for VAPT.
VAPT is constantly moving ahead, keeping abreast of all current news
involving pupil transportation, especially regarding school buses
operating in this state. Communication is the key to success and our
input can be vitally important. I look forward to working with each
and every one of you.
While we all know that school buses are the safest mode of
transportation out there, we need to get the word out to the general
public. School buses are required to meet higher construction,
equipment, and inspection standards than any other vehicle and their
drivers are required to meet higher qualifications, training, and
testing standards than any other drivers on the road. Spread the
word! Tell everyone that will listen what Pupil Transportation
stands for and how safe their children and grandchildren are in our
With the many obstacles we are facing as transporters such as driver
shortages, low pay, or outdated equipment, the concern on the
forefront right now is Drivers Passing Stopped School Buses. What
can we do as an organization to reduce the frequency of, or
completely eliminate the danger of our students being fatally
injured while loading or unloading their school bus?
As we increase our membership and come together with a meeting of
the minds I am confident we can tackle this problem and all others
with success. You know what they say about great minds. Please do
not hesitate to let your regional director for your school division
know your thoughts on various matters so they can represent their
people. Be vocal, be patient, and be kind. If you are not clear on
who your regional director is, this newsletter will have the
information you need.
One last reminder, donít forget National School Bus Safety Week:
October 22-26, 2018. Celebrate your drivers and attendants. Get your
schools involved as well. The theme for the Poster Contest is Red
Lights Mean Stop! (This theme is very timely to our needs). Please
send out the information for the poster contest to each of your
Thank you for your time Ė Letís have a very safe year!
Cheryl Fisher, CDPT
Fauquier County Public Schools