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!



Congratulations to Debbie Hill of Findlay City SD (Hancock County) who was named this year’s Grand Champion of the Ohio School Bus Driver Safety Road-E-O. With a score of 712 (out of a possible 725) Debbie drove in a transit style school bus.  She also placed 1st at the NW Regional Road-E-O held in Tontogony.

Others placing in the top 10 include:

2nd Place:  Desire Bradford (Wadsworth City SD, North Region), Score 711, Transit

3rd Place:  Lori Fanger (Stow SD, NE Region), Score 672, Transit

4th Place:  Lynn Stovall (Akron SD, NE Region), Score 658, Transit

5th Place:  Michael Luebbe (Lakota SD, SW Region), Score 655, Transit

6th Place:  Tammy Prewitt (Little Miami SD, SW Region), Score 649, Conventional

7th Place:  Jered Winestaffer (Reynoldsburg SD, Central Region), Score 647, Conventional

8th Place:  Adrian Neitenbach (Woodridge SD, NE Region), Score 644, Conventional

9th Place:  Bruce Abbott (N. Royalton SD, North Region), Score 639, Conventional

10th Place: Steve Temple (Buckeye SD, North Region), Score 638, Conventional

Congratulations to all who participated in this year’s road-e-o events. These programs are designed to increase the skills and awareness of Ohio’s school bus drivers, ultimately resulting in a safety environment for our passengers.



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!