Dear Colleagues,

Welcome 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 hands.

With the many obstacles we are facing as transporters such as driver shortages, low pay, or outdated equipment, the concern on the forefront right now is Drivers Passing Stopped School Buses.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 schools.
Thank you for your time Ė Letís have a very safe year!

Cheryl Fisher, CDPT
VAPT President
Transportation Director
Fauquier County Public Schools