I Can See You, Now

Parent apps provide school bus transparency, peace of mind

Safety Trainer Reggie Payton, left, and Dispatcher Mike Gay of Midlothian ISD in Texas, discuss student tracking and bus routes using the SMART tag system.

When Winter Storm Avery struck New York City last November, the flurries weren’t strictly snow and ice. The storm immobilized traffic, including thousands of school buses on afternoon routes, thus spurring angry parents, activists and city officials, to take action.

Some children were stuck on the bus until midnight, and frantic parents were left with no way to find out where those school buses were. In response, city officials moved quickly to write and pass a new bill. In January, New York City Council members passed a new law to give parents some peace of mind regarding their child’s whereabouts and arrival times of buses.

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