There is a new app that can alert parents that their child’s bus is near. Synovia Solutions has launched a website, “Here Comes the Bus”, that gives parents the real-time location of their child’s school bus on a computer, tablet or mobile phone. It is designed to keep parents informed as to when the bus will arrive so they can send their child to the stop on time and avoid long wait times, especially in inclement weather. Making this information available also improves a school district’s customer service to parents and reduces bus-related phone calls.
School districts can offer parents basic and/or full access to the app. Basic access lets parents view on any device the real-time location of the bus on the “Here Comes the Bus” website for free. Full access gives parents the option to purchase the app, for iPhone or Android, which includes push notifications, in addition to receiving the information on the website. Parents will be automatically notified when their child’s bus enters a certain perimeter, so they can be prepared to arrive at the stop in time for their child to catch the bus.
Key features include map displays of the location of the bus, whether the bus is running on time or late, and student arrival and departure information. Each child has a private ID number so that parents can only access their child’s information.
Growing technology is giving us more and more information to help keep our children safe even when we cannot be with them.