The New York Association for Pupil Transportation has named the sponsors of the Dignity for All Students Act as its Legislators of the Year. While the Dignity Act was passed in 2010, its provisions took effect on July 1, 2012, and NYAPT believes it is important to call attention to the benefits it will bring to the children of New York–including those who ride on yellow school buses.
Selected to receive the award are Assembly Member Daniel O’Connell and Senator Thomas Duane who sponsored the bill that was finally enacted into law in 2010 when signed by then Governor David Paterson.
On hand to receive his award was Assembly Member O’Donnell who told the more than 200 NYAPT members in attendance that” we need to remember that the school day begins for our children the moment they set foot on their school bus.”
NYAPT is committed to creating a safe and positive environment on school buses as a means of reducing bullying on school buses. NYAPT is also committed to providing drivers and attendants with the training and preparation they need to do their jobs most effectively. Moreover, NYAPT will work in the coming year on improving the communication and cooperation between school bus drivers and school building administrators in addressing bullying and student behavior.
NYAPT is dedicated to ensuring the safe and efficient transportation of the more than 2.3 million children who ride school buses to and from school every day.
CONTACT: Peter Mannella, Executive Director (518-588-3924 cell; 518-463-4937 office; email@example.com email)