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Reminder: Kansas School Transportation Safety Conference and State Driving Competition set for June 5-7, in Wichita

The Kansas School Transportation Safety Conference and State Driving Competition will be held June 5-7, at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview, in Wichita. During this three-day event, school transportation professionals will connect and learn how to improve operations and safety for their transportation teams.

The Kansas School Transportation Safety Conference strives to educate, not just the transportation administrators but the school bus drivers, mechanics, dispatchers, and paraprofessionals/monitors through workshops and speakers who provide workable solutions and practical answers to questions about student transportation. It is designed to increase safety and make local operations more efficient and effective.

Additionally, school bus drivers must meet significantly more stringent requirements for licensure, qualifications, and training than most other CDL drivers. The public should view school transportation staff as vital professionals in our education system. They are not just drivers, monitors, and mechanics, but also role models, mentors, counselors and advisors interacting with your district’s students. This conference is a one-stop shop to meet these needs within your transportation department.

Why should you attend?

  • Learn the latest trends.
  • Improve training in general education transportation.
  • Improve training in special education transportation.
  • Learn to produce better, more quantifiable results from the transportation team.
  • Improve transportation safety.
  • Decrease losses.

Will this help us retain our school bus drivers?

Yes! One of the reasons experienced school bus drivers report leaving the profession is lack of continued training. The more your transportation staff know, the better (and safer) they are. 


Our transportation personnel often are faced with making quick decisions. With ongoing proper training, they will make the right decision.

Who should attend?

  • Transportation directors and supervisors
  • School bus drivers
  • Superintendents
  • Fleet managers, mechanics and technicians
  • Driver trainers
  • Special education paraprofessionals

In addition, school transportation personnel can receive training in the following areas:

  • Communicating effectively with students and parents.
  • How to recognize, intervene and report signs of harassment, bullying or abuse.
  • Handling confidential student information in a legally compliant and responsible manner.

The early bird registration deadline is Friday, May 10. The conference program, registration form and more can be found here: https://www.ksde.org/Agency/Fiscal-and-Administrative-Services/School-Finance/School-Bus-Safety/Kansas-State-Pupil-Transportation-Association or by visiting http://www.kspta.net.

Posted: May 2, 2024,
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