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The Ontario School Bus Association (OSBA) is a non-profit association providing advocacy, education and legislative consultation services to the owners of school bus fleets, school boards/transportation consortia and supplier/manufacturer companies across Ontario.  
December 23, 2015 - Issue 26

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Inside this Edition:
  1. Season's Greetings!
  2. P.R.I.D.E. Recertification Program is Here!
  3. Upcoming OSBA Webinar - January 13, 2016
  4. 2016 Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers Conference & Trade Show (TSD)
  5. Upcoming 2016 Events
Season's Greetings to All OSBA Members and Families

At this busy time of year, we would like to take a quick moment to extend greetings to all members, their staff and  families on behalf of the OSBA Board of Directors and contractors, and to convey our sincere appreciation for your confidence, support and loyalty throughout the past year.  We are very thankful for your participation in OSBA and extend our best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season and a very successful New Year.

May this season bring you the gifts of peace, hope and joy.

P.R.I.D.E. Recertification Program is Here!

The Professional Instructor in Driver Education (P.R.I.D.E) RECERTIFICATION Programs are now available to any “Signing Authority” (as designated by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation Driver Certification Program (DCP) or any previous graduate of the regular, five-day P.R.I.D.E. Certification Program.
 
Designed to reinforce Signing Authority instructor skills and adult education competencies and principles, this one-day program will provide recertification for the MTO Signing Authority designation and refresh previous P.R.I.D.E. Program methodologies.  Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

2016 Recertification Program Dates:

  • January 30
  • February 25
  • March 12
  • April 20
  • June 22
  • September 28
  • November 23

Program location: Admiral Inn Burlington.
 
Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information –
 info@osba.on.ca

Upcoming OSBA Member Webinar - Jan. 13, 2016 - REGISTER NOW!

Another OSBA member webinar is coming your way!  The presenter will once again be Dave Carroll, Safety and Legislative Consultant to the OSBA.  Webinar topics will include:
  1. Blocking intersections while loading / unloading students
  2. Stopping at abandoned / decommissioned railway tracks
  3. Auditor General’s Concerns over School Bus Safety
  4. How is the passenger capacity of a school bus determined?
  5. Restrictions on passengers riding in the front seat of mini-van
  6. Update on school bus markings/lettering
  7. School Bus Speeding
  8. OSBA Daily Inspection Logbooks – be sure drivers are using the current version
  9. PMVI Inspections – Techs must use National Standard Code Standard 11B and report forms as of January 1, 2016
For more information or to register, please click on the following link:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8824424509708932609
Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers Conference & Trade Show 2016

The Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers Conference & Trade Show (TSD) is happening March 11-16, 2016. It will take place at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.

This year’s TSD Conference will feature more than three-dozen educational sessions and workshops, as well as hands-on training, a trade show and the 19th Annual National Special Needs Team Roadeo, co-presented by School Transportation News and The National Association of Pupil Transportation (NAPT). 
 
TSD also provides Professional Development Series training courses by NAPT that offer credits toward the new Certificate of Special Needs Transportation (CSNT) program, which builds upon the previous Special Needs Transportation (SNT) Endorsement program.


This event has three educational hacks:
  1. Disabilities & Special Needs
  2. Head Start & Preschoolers
  3. Management
For more information, please visit their website: http://stnonline.com/tsd/
Upcoming 2016 Events
 
Jan. 13 OSBA Webinar
Jan. 10-15 Professional Instructor in Driver Education (P.R.I.D.E.) Program
Jan. 30 P.R.I.D.E. Recertification Program
Feb. 25 P.R.I.D.E. Recertification Program
Mar. 12 P.R.I.D.E. Recertification Program
Mar. 13-18 Professional Instructor in Driver Education (P.R.I.D.E.) Program
Mar. 15-18 Alberta Student Transportation Advisory Council (ASTAC) – Annual Conference
Mar. 30-Apr. 1 Student Transportation Association of Saskatchewan (STAS) – Annual Conference
Apr. 16-21 Canadian Pupil Transportation Conference (CPTC)
Apr. 20 P.R.I.D.E. Recertification Program
Apr. 24-27 Ontario Transportation Expo (OTE) – Conference – International Plaza Hotel, Toronto
Apr. 26 Ontario Transportation Expo (OTE) – Trade Show – International Centre (Hall #5), Toronto
May 1-6 Professional Instructor in Driver Education (P.R.I.D.E.) Program
May 9-11 Association of School Business Officials of Alberta (ASBOA) – Annual Conference and Trade Show
May 25 OSBA Webinar
Jun. 22 P.R.I.D.E. Recertification Program
Jul. 10-15 Professional Instructor in Driver Education (P.R.I.D.E.) Program
Aug. 7-12 Professional Instructor in Driver Education (P.R.I.D.E.) Program
Sept. 28 P.R.I.D.E. Recertification Program
Oct. 16-21 Professional Instructor in Driver Education (P.R.I.D.E.) Program
Oct. 19 OSBA Webinar
Nov. 23 P.R.I.D.E. Recertification Program
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