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Illegal Passing Survey

After two years of not holding the Illegal Passing Survey due to the COVID Pandemic, the National Association for State Directors of Pupil Transportation (NASDPTS) and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) will be conducting the Illegal Passing Survey once again. KDE will report the total number of passes statewide to NASDPTS. We would like as many districts as possible to participate! Our last two survey’s only had 77 school districts participate. 

If a district cannot participate with all their buses, please consider having some of your buses participate. We use this information not only for the national survey, but also for the many inquiries we receive regarding stop arm cameras, considerations for laws by legislators, media, and students. 

School buses remain the safest way for students to get to and from school while we know that student riders are most vulnerable when they are outside the bus and in the “danger zone”.  We also know much has changed during the pandemic with respect to student and motorist behavior.  Because of these changes, having a current measurement of illegal passing of stopped school buses has never been more important. 

On Wednesday April 20, 2022, we are asking that volunteers be on each of your district’s school buses and observe and report any instances of motorists illegally passing the school buses using the attached form.  Even buses that have no “pass-by’s” on the day of the survey should turn in the form so we can get accurate data on how many pass-by’s occur per day per bus.  If your district is unable to participate on that day, but would like to choose a different day, please be sure to enter the date into the survey. 

The volunteers can be reliable students, monitors, teachers, parents, etc.  This survey should be done during each of the runs for the day.  The total number of illegal pass-by’s for each district will be tallied and reported to KDE and nationally.  

Please instruct volunteers to pay particular attention to the instructions and safety precautions.  As always, the primary duty is the safety of the students on the school bus.  Please have your volunteers note on the bottom of the form they are to report only illegal passes that occur while the bus driver is stopped with red warning lights flashing and stop arm(s) deployed in full compliance with our state training and procedures. 

Collect your district’s results and report them no later than Tuesday May 2, 2022.  Once the data is collected from each bus, enter the compiled data into the online survey.  If you are unable to participate or have concerns about the survey, please do not hesitate to contact Elisa Hanley at elisa.hanley@education.ky.gov or call 502-564-5279 ext 4406. 

Thank you for your help with this important initiative. 

KDE has available contract positions for a Management Improvement Consultant, Pupil Transportation. . This is on an as needed basis and not a full time position. There are no guaranteed number of days for this position. The position would be good for a retired director, driver trainer, or inspector. Preferred residential locations for the offeror are Eastern KY, Northern KY, and the Purchase Area of Kentucky, but may serve anywhere in the state as needed by the KDE. 

Applicant will be experienced in pupil transportation in school districts, including school bus safety, bus driver training requirements, bus garage operations, inspections, and maintenance. Applicant must be knowledgeable of Kentucky and Federal laws and regulations related to transportation and bus specifications. Applicant will have skills as a certified Kentucky school bus inspector, certified Kentucky driver trainer, transportation director or a combination of these. Applicant shall have the capability to enter and review reports online in a timely fashion. Applicant may need to assist with audits, conduct training sessions, and serve as a resource to department staff. 

In submitting the requested documentation, applicants should be detailed in their description of their education, training, and other qualifications related to the services requested. Applicants shall provide a detailed resume or vita outlining education, training, expertise and other qualifications related to the services requested. Applicants shall describe in detail experience providing services including but not limited to school bus safety, bus driver training requirements, bus garage operations, inspections, and maintenance. Applicants shall describe in detail related skills as a certified Kentucky school bus inspector, certified Kentucky driver trainer, transportation director, or a combination of these. 

The position closes 4/1/22. The contract will start 7/1/22 and go for 2 years with renewal options. Management Improvement Consultant, Pupil Transportation RFP -  540 -  2200000158 https://emars311.ky.gov/webapp/vssprdonline3111d/AltSelfService 

Please refer any questions to Nick Cavender at 502-564-1979.