EASTON, MD. – Parents in Talbot County can now keep an eye on their children’s school buses from their phones.
“We have to keep up with technology,” says Talbot County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kelly Griffith.
The district is rolling out an app called “Here comes the bus” to help parents and students track their buses using GPS technology.
“For years, we would always have people who would call in to ask if the bus delayed, or if it’s behind or if it already passed now, they can check it on their phones,” says Dr. Griffith. “It also helps us be more efficient.”
The app is now available for most elementary schools in Talbot County. In the following weeks, it will be rolled out for all the schools in the county. The app is free to download and it works for both Android and iOS devices.
According to the district’s transportation manager, David Stofa, the app works hand by hand with the GPS systems installed in the district’s 52 school buses. Users can establish a geo-fence or perimeter in the app to get notififications when the bus is near.
“It’s a very secure app you need the school code to log in so only the parents and students can locate the buses,” adds Stofa.
For some working parents like Estela Ramirez, the possibility of knowing exactly when the bus will arrive is a relief.
“It can be quite helpful,” says Ramirez. “In case they’re running late or the bus is early, this way you know exactly when to pick up your kid.”