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Gary J. Catapano

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Senior Vice President of Safety

Phone: (513) ***-****  HQ Phone
First Student , Inc.
600 Vine Street Suite 1400
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
United States

Company Description: First Student, Inc. is the leading student transportation provider in the U.S. serving 1,500+ school districts with more than 62,000 buses. We are part of...   more

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The few seconds it takes to ..., 14 Mar 2014 [cached]
The few seconds it takes to talk on a cell phone, text or change songs can take a student's focus off of walking safely to the bus stop or cause a motorist to not see a bus' important safety features, such as stop arms and warning lights.

“Everyone in the community plays a crucial role in ensuring students travel to and from school safely each day,” said Gary Catapano, senior vice president of safety for First Student. “Our drivers take tremendous care when transporting students, but students and motorists must also remain alert and avoid distractions to ensure school transportation is as safe as possible.” 

School buses are designed for safety inside and out.

Millions of students will head back to school this fall, which is why now is a good time for parents and children to talk about school safety.

“We are pleased to partner with the National Safety Council,” said Gary Catapano, senior vice president of safety for First Student. “There is nothing as important as getting students to and from school safely, and the information provided on this website allows students, parents, and motorists to see the critical role they play in the process.”

Back-to-school safety encompasses a wide variety of topics including safety in and around buses, pedestrian safety, safety tips for motorists, tips to address bullying, playground safety and backpack safety among others. NSC and First Student have provided fact sheets covering these important topics with tips, such as:

·         Children walking to school should always cross at corners where there are traffic signals and designated cross walks

·         All children should avoid distracted walking, including no texting while walking

·         When on the bus, students should find a seat and sit down as loud talking or other noise can distract the bus driver

·         Don't overstuff a child's backpack; it should weigh no more than 10 to 20 percent of his or her body weight

·         More children are injured falling off climbing equipment or horizontal ladders than anything else on the playground – children under 4 shouldn't play on this equipment and older kids should be watched

·         If parents suspect their child is being bullied, they should speak out by telling school authorities, a teacher, a bus driver or school counselor

“Heading back to school can be a stressful time for both parents and students,” said Janet Froetscher, NSC president and CEO. “As the safety of your family is of the utmost importance, parents are encouraged to use this time to have conversations with children of all ages to help keep them safe.”


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety ..., 30 June 2014 [cached]
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has selected Gary Catapano, chairman of the National School Transportation Association's (NSTA) Safety and Security Committee, to serve on its Motor ... 7. With First Observer on Hiatus, Opportunities Remain for Ensuring School Bus Security
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First Student Senior Vice President Gary Catapano Appointed to Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee | Continue Reading First Student Senior Vice President Gary Catapano Appointed to Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee
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First Student Senior Vice President Gary Catapano Appointed to Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee For Release: March 12, 2013
CINCINNATI - First Student, the largest student transportation provider in North America, recently announced that Senior Vice President of Safety Gary Catapano was named to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Department of Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC). Catapano will begin his 2-year term April 1.
"The safety of our nation's school children has always been my focus and top priority," said Catapano. "I appreciate the opportunity to help the agency with the regulations that affect student transportation."
Catapano has 19 years of transportation safety experience. In addition to being responsible for the safe operation of more than 54,000 First Student school buses, Gary is the chair of First America's Safety Council, which provides a safety review function for all First America companies, including First Student, First Transit, Greyhound and First Vehicle Services.
As a member of the National Safety Council, Gary has served as past chair of the School Transportation Section and currently serves as a member of the Board of Delegates and Chair of the Transportation Safety Division. He is also the Safety Council's representative to the Steering Committee of the National Congress on School Transportation. Gary has participated in the last two National School Transportation Congresses as a member of the Steering Committee and once as part of the delegation representing New York State.
Gary is a member of the National School Transportation Association and currently serves as its Chair of the Safety and Security Committee. Gary is also a member of the National Association of Pupil Transportation.
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