Updated 7.30.20

Visit our Best Practices: COVID-19 - Navigating Uncharted Territory page for helpful links, stories and examples from school districts around North America. Click here.


Did you miss one of our recent Best Practices webinars? Below you will find links to the Best Practices: COVID-19 recorded webinars.

“The NAPT and Transfinder Present: Best Practices: COVID-19 – Navigating Uncharted Territory – Parts I - IV” Webinars?

The National Association for Pupil Transportation and Transfinder are partnering together to present “Best Practices: COVID-19 – Navigating Uncharted Territory.” This is a multi-part series presenting how to best serve our communities during these difficult times. We will share tips from some of the most innovative districts that you can put into practice now to help your families.

Best Practices - PART I Webinar looks at Goal Setting, Communication and Taking Inventory of Your TechnologyClick here for The Best Practices - PART I Webinar.  Originally aired March 24, 2020.

Best Practices - PART II Webinar looks at National Guidelines, Compliance, Communication and Taking Inventory of Your TechnologyClick here for The Best Practices - PART II Webinar.  Originally aired March 31, 2020.

Best Practices - PART III Webinar looks at the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and what it may mean for your school. Click here for the Best Practices - PART III Webinar.  Originally aired April 7, 2020.

Best Practices - PART IV Webinar discusses best practices, lessons learned, budgets and what's ahead.  Joining us for this discussion are representatives from NAPT, NASDPTS, and NSTA. Click here for the Best Practices - PART IV Webinar. Click here for the Q&A from the PART IV Webinar.  Originally aired April 14, 2020.


Click here for Countdown to Reopening: Expert Insights on Preparing for the Future While Dealing with Uncertainty Webinar - It seems like every week - sometimes even every day - we hear news about schools' plans for reopening. Some schools are planning for hybrid approaches to education, with some online classes and some in-person classes. Some schools are looking to split up the student body, assigning certain students on certain days. Social distancing on the bus is still a big discussion but some districts say they won’t even attempt to social distance on the bus. What's the latest?

Panelists include: Micah Brassfield, Director of Transpar Group of Companies; Katrina Falk, Director of Transportation of Shelby Eastern Schools, IN; Cody Cox, Director of Transportation & Maintenance of Community ISD, TX and Ken Easley Jr., Bus Transportation Director of Centralia City School District, IL.  Click here for the Decision-Making Framework. Originally aired July 14, 2020.

Click here for Countdown to Reopening: Expert Insights on Preparing for the Future While Dealing with Uncertainty Part II Webinar - It seems like every week - sometimes even every day - we hear news about schools' plans for reopening. Some schools are planning for hybrid approaches to education, with some online classes and some in-person classes. What's the latest?

Panelists include: Greg Jackson, Executive Director of Transportation & Fleet Services of Jefferson Co. Public Schools, CO; Glenn Sykes, Director of Transportation of Alamosa School District, CO; Mark Lindstrom, GM - Hawaii Office of TransPar Group of Companies, and Lisa Casey, Director of Transportation of Summit School District, CO. Click here for the presentation slides. Originally aired July 21, 2020.

Click here for Countdown to Reopening: Expert Insights on Preparing for the Future While Dealing with Uncertainty Part III Webinar - It seems like every week - sometimes even every day - we hear news about schools' plans for reopening. Some schools are planning for hybrid approaches to education, with some online classes and some in-person classes. What's the latest?

Panelists include: William Andexler, Coordinator of Transportation at Akron Public Schools in Ohio; Lisa Casey, Director of Transportation at Summit School District in Colorado, and Chad Welker, Business Manager at Twinsburg City School District in Ohio. Click here for the presentation slides. Click here for the Q&A from the webinar. Originally aired July 28, 2020.

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Going Back to School Before the Kids Webinar discusses managing people and their schedules from a remote workplace, driver recruitment and retention during the pandemic, what does "social distancing" look like when a school bus is involved, changing personal, school and student schedules to accommodate social distancing. Click here for the webinar. Click here for the Q&A from the webinar.  Originally aired April 21, 2020.

Going Back to School Before the Kids - Part II Webinar focuses on the five things the public and private sector need to do right now to prepare themselves properly for the return to school. What are those five things?  Hear panelists Tim Ammon and Tom Platt, owners of the Decision Support Group, and Mike Martin, executive director of the National Association for Pupil Transportation discuss these priorities as well as three predictions that are critical to your success. Click here for the webinar. Click here for the Q&A from the webinar.  Originally aired April 28, 2020.


Going Back to School Before the Kids - An Actual Return to School Roadmap - Part I Webinar features NAPT’s Region 3 Director Brad Aemisegger as he explains and shares his “Return to School Roadmap”, developed in conjunction with James P. Regan of Capital Works Consulting. Click here for the webinar. Click here for the “Return to School Roadmap” PDF.  Click here for the Q&A from the webinar. Originally aired May 5, 2020.

Going Back to School Before the Kids - An Actual Return to School Roadmap - Part II Webinar NAPT’s Region 3 Director Brad Aemisegger returns with James P. Regan of Capital Works Consulting to explain and share his “Return to School Roadmap.” Click here for the webinar. Click here for the “Return to School Roadmap - Part II” PDF.  Click here for the Roadmap Elements. Click here for the School Transportaton Readiness Plan Questions. Click here for the Q&A from the webinar. Originally aired May 13, 2020.

*This presentation is proprietary and confidential information of Transfinder Corporation. It is not intended to be distributed to any third party without the written consent of Transfinder.


Transfinder-NAPT - Planning for School Reopening: Will the Best Laid Plans Really Work? - Part I Webinar This webinar features an all-star panel exploring the many questions that will come up as you move forward towards a return to school. Questions such as… Will social distancing on a school bus really work?  How are you going to provide additional service with the same number of drivers and the same number of buses? Can you afford to clean everything every day, maybe even more than once? Can you afford not to? And what is working now as we prepare for these and other contingencies? Click here for the webinar. Click here for the Q&A from the webinar. Originally aired May 20, 2020.

Transfinder-NAPT - Planning for School Reopening: Will the Best Laid Plans Really Work? - Part II Webinar This webinar is the second part featuring another all-star panel exploring the many questions that will come up as you move forward towards a return to school. Click here for the webinar. Click here for the Q&A from the webinar. Click here for the presentation slides. Click here for the CDC Guidelines Presented by NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin. Originally aired May 26, 2020.


Click here for Planning for School Reopening: Getting a Seat at the Table with Decisionmakers Webinar School districts across the country are planning when to reopen school and what the new school year will look like. Will there be a tiered system? Will there be a hybrid of online and in-class instruction? What challenges exist for transportation offices as they consider a myriad of “what if” scenarios to meet the needs of transportation children to and from school? Are transportation leaders at the table when these decisions are being made so ramifications are clearly understood? If not, how can transportation have a place at the table? Our panelists will share best practices on becoming a valued advisor to decisionmakers. Click here for the Q&A from the webinar. Click here for the presentation slides. Originally aired June 2, 2020.


Click here for Planning for School Reopening – STARTS Task Force Update Webinar The NAPT, NSTA and the NASDPTS have agreed that there was a need for clarity and alignment around the role of school transportation in the current COVID environment. The three organizations decided to form a collaborative task force to conduct focused research and develop a set of guidelines within a framework that would be meaningful for the member constituencies of the three organizations as well as the educational community at large. Click here for the presentation slides. Click here for the Q&A from the webinar. Originally aired June 9, 2020.

Click here for Planning for School Reopening – STARTS Task Force Update Part 2 Webinar The NAPT, NSTA and the NASDPTS have agreed that there was a need for clarity and alignment around the role of school transportation in the current COVID environment. The three organizations decided to form a collaborative task force to conduct focused research and develop a set of guidelines within a framework that would be meaningful for the member constituencies of the three organizations as well as the educational community at large. Click here for the presentation slides. Originally aired June 23, 2020.


Click here for Does Reopening Schools Require Rethinking Special Needs Transportation? Webinar As districts plan to reopen school in the fall with the challenges created by social distancing, what are some issues to consider when transporting students with special needs? What are experts saying about how-to best care for those with special needs?  What will Special Needs transportation look like in the 2020-2021 school year? Click here for the presentation slides. PBIS World - Positive Behavioral Interventions and Suports resource website - Click here.  Originally aired June 16, 2020.


Did You Miss a Previous “NYS Best Practices: Navigating Uncharted Territory Caused by COVID-19” Webinar?

The New York State Association for Pupil Transportation and Transfinder have partnered together to present a webinar series where we will speak with New York State authorities to address questions regarding compliance and industry experts who share Best Practices in how to serve our communities and maintain operations during these difficult times.

Click here for NYS Best Practices: Navigating Uncharted Territory Caused by COVID-19 – PART I” Webinar.  This webinar features a panel discussion with Paul Overbaugh, State Director of Pupil Transportation with the New York State Department of Education; Christina Coughlin, Assistant Commissioner at the NYS Department of Education and Kathy Furneaux, Executive Director at Pupil Transportation Safety Institute. Click here for the Q&A from the NYS Best Practices Webinar – PART I.  Originally aired April 2, 2020.

Click here for NYS Best Practices: Navigating Uncharted Territory Caused by COVID-19 – PART II” Webinar.  This webinar is PART II of a series and features a panel discussion with Paul Overbaugh, State Director of Pupil Transportation with the New York State Department of Education; Christina Coughlin, Assistant Commissioner at the NYS Department of Education and Kathy Furneaux, Executive Director at Pupil Transportation Safety Institute.  Originally aired April 16, 2020.

Click here for NYS Best Practices: Navigating Uncharted Territory Caused by COVID-19 – PART III” Webinar.  This webinar is PART III of a series and features a panel discussion with Robert Reichenbach, President of the NYS Bus Distributor Association; Bill Harvey, NYAPT Legislative Committee Chair – Transportation Supervisor/Director of Security at Honeoye Falls - Lima CSD; Christina Coughlin, Assistant Commissioner at the New York State Education Department, and Dave Christopher, Executive Director at NYAPT.  Originally aired April 30, 2020.

Click here for NYS Best Practices: Navigating Uncharted Territory Caused by COVID-19 – PART IV” Webinar. This webinar is PART IV of a series and features a panel discussion with Richard Gallagher - Past NYAPT President and current Safety Committee Chair - Bayshore School - Long Island; Bill Harvey - NYAPT Legislative Committee Chair - Transportation Supervisor/Director of Security at Honeoye Falls - Lima CSD; Theresa Anderson - TM Anderson Consulting, LLC, and Dave Christopher - Executive Director at NYAPT.  Click here for a PDF version of the presentation. Click here for the Q&A from the webinar. Originally aired May 14, 2020.

Click here for NYS Best Practices: Navigating Uncharted Territory Caused by COVID-19 – PART V” Webinar. This webinar is PART V of a series featuring a panel discussion on how to clean and disinfect buses in preparation for school re-opening and during session. Panelists include: Bill Harvey - NYAPT Legislative Committee Chair - Transportation Supervisor/Director of Security at Honeoye Falls - Lima CSD; Jason Johnston - President of the New York Head Mechanics Association Jonathan Scherzer - Capital District Transit Authority; Jeff Jones - Certified Environmental Service Technician Trainer; Certified in Infection Prevention and trained in Cleaning Industry Management Standards, and Dave Christopher - Executive Director at NYAPT. Originally aired May 28, 2020.

Click here for NYS Best Practices: Navigating Uncharted Territory Caused by COVID-19 – PART VI” Webinar. This webinar is PART VI of a series featuring a panel discussion on “Managing Stress and Understanding Mental Health Concerns in the COVID-19 Era.” We have assembled a panel with expertise on the topic to discuss that issue, including: Panel members are: John Cooney - Certified Mental Health - First Aid USA Trainer; Lori-Ann Savino - Transportation Director - Jericho Central School District; Danielle Smith - School Psychologist - Jericho Central School District, and Dave Christopher - Executive Director at NYAPT. Click here for the PDF version of the presentation. Originally aired June 11, 2020.

*This presentation is proprietary and confidential information of Transfinder Corporation. It is not intended to be distributed to any third party without the written consent of Transfinder.


Covering COVID-19: Leading Media Covering K12 Share Stories and Lessons Learned from the Frontlines

The coronavirus has impacted nearly every facet of American life. One of the hardest hit areas is our educational system. With schools closing, teachers overnight became online instructors. School buses became hubs for food distribution and Wi-Fi hotspots.

Click here for the “Covering COVID-19: Leading Media Covering K12 Share Stories and Lessons Learned from the Frontlines” Webinar." Hear from journalists on the frontlines on overseeing news operations covering these issues. Panelists include Robert Avossa, Senior Vice President at LRP Media Group (District Administration magazine); Micah Castelo, Associate Editor at EdTech; Nicole Schlosser, Executive Editor at School Bus Fleet magazine, and Ryan Gray, Editor-in-Chief at School Transportation News. Originally aired May 7, 2020.