back-to-schoolSchools all across Ohio are back in session and OAPT reminds you to pay close attention to the presence of school buses throughout the state.

As our students get into the routine of walking to and from their bus stops, they could be running late. Occasionally students may run to the bus, and they may not be watching for you. Ohio schools do instruct students about safe walking practices, but as motorists, all much be aware of the presence of children in the morning hours, and as they walk home from bus stops.

Motorists can help keep students safe by traveling the speed limit, coming to complete stops at intersections, and by not being a distracted driver.

A frequent questions involves when motorists must stop for the school bus.

When school buses prepare to stop for students, the bus will have flashing amber lights, alternating, at the top of the bus. This tells motorists to prepare to stop. When the red lights flash, and the stop arm is extended, motorists must stop (except for motorists traveling the opposite direction on roadways with more than two lanes of travel).

Together, we can keep our students safe and ensure they arrive safely each day, ready to learn, lead, and succeed!



We may have just begun a new school year, but our 56th Annual OAPT Conference & Trade Show will be upon us before we blink! Be sure to save the date: March 13, 14, 15, 16, 2016. The Executive Committee is already working on the details for this important professional development opportunity. Please MARK YOUR CALENDARS, and JOIN US!



OAPT is as strong as its membership, and we need you to continue our tradition of excellence!

Memberships are due for renewal by July 1st — but we strongly encourage you to renew at the time of conference registration each year.

Existing members should have received an automatic invoice, which you can pay securely online with a major credit card. Simply log into myOAPT and pay online.  (REMEMBER: Dues are no longer included in the conference registration.)

As we transition to this online payment system, we are aware of a couple of instances were payment was made, but not properly recorded. If you believe you have already paid, but still received an invoice, please forward details on the payment including check number, or Paypal confirmation number to so we can ensure the issue is resolved quickly.

If you attended our 54th Annual Conference & Trade Show, but did not renew your dues, your membership will expire on July 1st.  Current dues are required to receive the “Member Rate” on future conferences.

We value your investment in OAPT, and look forward to working with you!