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Bay Shore Union Free School District, located on the south shore of Long Island and about 50 miles east of New York City, is a small, diverse district of approximately 6,500 students and 8.9 square miles to cover with school transportation.

There’s no shortage of programs that can help make your district’s busing routes more efficient.

The best part is that you don’t need a supercomputer to use them.

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Turning right on a red light is part of the driving landscape in all 50 states, but school buses generally wait for green.

Many states prohibit a right turn on red for a school bus, but Florida’s Manatee County just started a pilot program that lets drivers of the district’s 150 buses go right on red, potentially saving 10 to 20 minutes per route.

While this one change might cut valuable minutes off a bus route, in some places it’s not as simple as it sounds.

LEANER & GREENER—An MIT supercomputer remapped bus routes for Boston Public Schools (above). The district trimmed its fleet by 50 vehicles, saved about $4 million and cut carbon dioxide emissions.

The techniques for streamlining bus transportation range from a variety of off-the shelf routing programs to relying more on an administrator’s experience with local conditions.

Ken Trump (ken@schoolsecurity.org) is the president of National School Safety and Security Services.

The emotionally charged climates following the tragic attack in Parkland, Florida are understandable, but making knee-jerk decisions with a “do something, do anything, do it now” mantra can lead to high-risk, high-liability actions.

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Repurposing buses no longer suitable for daily transportation has provided schools with mobile makerspaces, traveling cafés and bookmobiles.

When done right, international travel exposes students to a diversity of people and perspectives, teaching them to communicate and relate with others.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Sheldon ISD in Houston has relied on community support and its own resilience to get classes going again.

Aresta Johnson, superintendent of Bridgeport Public Schools in Connecticut, has restructured her administrative team.

Aresta Johnson, superintendent of Bridgeport Public Schools in Connecticut, has restructured her administrative team to provide continuity for students progressing from elementary to high school.

MAGIC SCHOOL BUS—The 71-passenger all-electric school bus has a range of 100 miles per charge and zero emissions.

Districts in Minnesota and California are participating in pilot programs that provide all-electric, zero-emissions buses that should cost much less to power and maintain.

RELIEF FOR SCHOOLS—Roy Garcia, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD associate superintendent, helps organize classroom supplies donated to Moore Elementary School teachers in September. (Cypress-Fairbanks ISD).

School officials in more than 200 southeastern Texas districts were struggling early last month to recover from Hurricane Harvey.

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GPS systems not only track buses in real time, but allow administrators to map routes, film drivers for future training purposes and provide data on how well vehicles are functioning. (Gettyimages.co: jaroszpilewski).

A wave of new GPS systems not only tracks buses in real time, but allows administrators to map routes, films drivers for future training purposes and provides data on how well vehicles are functioning.

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