Weekly News via Email
   Set as homepage | Add to favorites | Customer Service | Subscribe Now | Place an Ad | Contact Us | Sitemap Monday, 09.22.2014
Classifieds
News Archive
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
 1  2
 3  4  5  6  7  8  9
 10  11  12  13  14  15  16
 17  18  19  20  21  22  23
 24  25  26  27  28  29
Online Extras
Site Services
Around Bend
Outdoor Fun
Travel Info
Shop Local




Members Of



Poll: Today's Live Poll
Email to a friend | Print this | PDF version | Comments (0 posted) 
  Blogger |   del.icio.us |   digg |   newsvine

Feb 29,2008
BLS bus drivers go extra mile to ensure student safety
by Bend Weekly News Sources

31 Bend-La Pine School Bus Drivers Spend The Weekend Learning New Student Safety Tools For Their Routes

Before dawn last Saturday, 31 Bend-La Pine Schools (BLS) bus drivers and transportation staff boarded a bus to Turner, Oregon, to attend a unique student transportation safety conference. The eight-hour event, called “Bullies, Behavior and Bombs…OH MY!” focused on preventing bullying, student behavior management, and bomb/explosive recognition and management techniques.

Bend-La Pine Schools Transportation Manager Denise Blake said that conference gave drivers an opportunity to network with peers from across the region and learn about some of the unique challenges facing drivers today.

“Our buses are extensions of the schools and we see many of the same behaviors on our buses that you might expect to see in a classroom – good and bad,” Blake says. “This conference gave us great methods for handling, and reducing, bullying and behavior problems as well what to do if the unthinkable happens – like how to deal with imminent threats.”

Blake says that the conference was a great compliment to the extensive training already required of BLS drivers, and the 31 drivers who attended agree.

“Things happening across the nation are the same issues we are dealing with here,” said Tim O’Connell, Operations Manager for Student Management. “The way they are dealing with them is the way we teach and train here – it was good to see that we are ahead of the curve.”

Bus drivers received six hours of classroom credit for attending the elective workshop, which is rated highly among the drivers who attend.

“These trainings are so impressive the drivers talk about them for months and look forward to attending year after year,” said Transportation Specialist Janice Briggs.

This was the third year Bend-La Pine drivers attended the event. Since the first year, district attendance has almost doubled, increasing from 16 drivers to 31.
2013 times read

Related news
Bend Police Offers Reminder, Urges Caution for School Zone Traffic by Bend Weekly News Sources posted on Aug 28,2006

ODOT safety blitz pulls 75% of trucks out of service for violations by Bend_Weekly_News_Sources posted on May 18,2007

AAA Study Supports Strong Teen Driver Licensing Laws, Says AAA by Bend Weekly News Sources posted on Jun 23,2006

Oregon Trucking Associations honors Con-way Freight for safe driving by Bend_Weekly_News_Sources posted on May 16,2008

City Hires New Transportation Engineering Manager by bendweekly posted on May 10,2006

Did you enjoy this article? Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00 (total 6 votes)

Market Information
Breaking News
Most Popular
Most Commented
Featured Columnist
Horoscope Guide
Aquarius Aquarius Libra Libra
Aries Aries Pisces Pisces
Cancer Cancer Sagittarius Sagittarius
Capricorn Capricorn Scorpio Scorpio
Gemini Gemini Taurus Taurus
Leo Leo Virgo Virgo
Local Attractions
Bend Visitors & Convention Bureau
Bend Visitors & Convention Bureau

Mt. Bachelor Resort
Mt. Bachelor Resort

Les Schwab Ampitheater
Les Schwab Ampitheater

Deschutes County Fairgrounds
Deschutes County
Fairgrounds

Tower Theatre
Tower Theatre

The High Desert Museum

Advertisements



Deschutes County

Google  
  Web    BendWeekly.com
© 2006 Bend Weekly News
A .Com Endeavors, Inc. Company.
All Rights Reserved. Terms under
which this service is provided to you.
Please read our Privacy Policy. Contact us.
Bend Weekly News & Event Guide Online
   Save the Net
Advertisement
External sites open in new window,
not endorsed by BendWeekly.com
Subscribe in NewsGator Online
Add to Google Add to MSN Add to My AOL
What are RSS headlines?