Q’STRAINT & Sure-Lok Continued Sponsorship of the NAPT Special Needs Transportation Award

Q’STRAINT/Sure-Lok is proud to announce its continuing support of the annual National Association of Pupil Transportation (NAPT) Special Needs Transportation Award. This award was established to give special recognition to an outstanding individual specifically involved in the direct delivery of service in the area of special needs transportation.

NAPT’s Annual Awards Program is designed to honor a student transportation professional for helping make school transportation the safest, most effective way for the 26 million children who utilize pupil transportation to get to and home from school each day.

“We were thrilled when Q’STRAINT/Sure-Lok offered to enhance the NAPT® Special Needs Transportation award benefits. The addition of free training – for an entire district – demonstrates their commitment to the student transportation industry in general, and particularly the dedicated, hard-working people that provide specialized transportation to students with disabilities.”

Barry Suddut
CDPT, CSNT, NAPT President & Executive Director of Fleet & Transportation for Stafford County Public Schools in VA

Who can be Nominated for the Award?

Transportation directors, supervisors, drivers, aides and other auxiliary personnel with a minimum of three years of experience in the area of special needs transportation are eligible for nomination. The candidate must have been a member of NAPT for a minimum of three (3) years. The application deadline is July 30, 2019 and the winner will be announced on or around October 1, 2019. Applications can be submitted online.

Q’STRAINT’s Bud Fears with 2018 NAPT Award Winner, Peggy Stone

What Will the Winner Receive?

The winner will receive full delegate registration to the NAPT Conference & Trade Show as well as their hotel accommodations to attend the conference, an allowance for meals not covered by the conference and travel reimbursement so that they can attend this year’s conference. They will also receive a $500 grant for additional education. This year, Q’STRAINT/Sure-Lok is happy to announce they will also provide free enrollment for the winner’s entire district in its online training course, Securement 101: Basic Wheelchair Training, a product of its Training AQADEMY.

What is Securement 101 Online Training Course?

Securement 101 is an on-demand, interactive course offered in Q’STRAINT/Sure-Lok’s Training AQADEMY. It is designed to provide a comprehensive training on wheelchair securement best practices. Through a series of four lessons, transportation providers will learn how to operate a variety of 4-point securement systems currently available and understand how to properly secure passengers with special needs and their wheelchairs. Students who pass the course receive a certification of completion that is valid for two years.

Securement 101 Popular Online Tool across the Nation

Pupil Transportation officials from across the nation are embracing Q’STRAINT/Sure-Lok Training AQADEMY’s Securement 101: Basic Wheelchair Securement course. In one such example, Josy Campbell, transportation operations manager at Harrison School District in Colorado Springs, Colorado finds the online course particularly helpful for her team.

Campbell recently enlisted Driver Trainer JoAnn Sanchez to take the company’s popular benchmark course, “Securement 101: Basic Wheelchair Securement Training.”

“What makes the course so appealing to someone in my profession, is its ability to track our transportation team’s progress and see which topics require more attention,” said Sanchez. “It is also a great way to keep our drivers refreshed. I give the test to my team once a year.”

The winner of the 2019 NAPT Special Needs Transportation Award will be recognized at the 2019 NAPT National Conference and Trade Show November 2-5, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio.

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