We write about school bus safety often in this blog. There is nothing more important than getting our children to and from school safely. Here is another way that some schools are making sure of a safe journey.
Parents and school district officials will soon be able to easily find out whether a student boarded the correct bus or exited at their assigned bus stop with the roll out of a new swipe card system.
Kearney Public Schools in Kearney, Nebraska, will begin using a software program called SMART Tag, created by Secured Mobility, a Texas-based security software and hardware company. When boarding the bus, students will have assigned ID cards that they will tap on a card reader on the back of a tablet that is mounted in each school bus. The bus driver will be able to view the student’s information on the tablet, including a photo, assigned seat and stop, and medical records. The software can also send a text to the parents to let them know their child boarded the bus or exited at the correct stop. Students who are new to the bus route will also be able to tell if they are in the right place. If the students are on the wrong bus, an alarm goes off to notify them and the bus driver. The system can be adjusted for students who are making a temporary change in their pickup or dropoff area.
Any added plan for the safety of our children is a good plan!