A new app will allow parents of students enrolled in the Dartmouth public school system to track their children’s school bus using Global Positioning System (GPS) technology starting in the fall semester.
Superintendent Dr. Bonny Gifford called the Edulog Parent Portal app “groundbreaking” in that it “helps improve school bus communication, safety and efficiency.” The app, free for parents, carers and students, can be downloaded to a smartphone.
The app will allow users to monitor the movement of a school bus and notify users when a bus is late due to weather or other reasons. Dr Gifford said the app “can send you a push notification when it (the bus) is approaching your bus stop”.
James A. Kiely, deputy superintendent of finance and operations, spoke to WBSM about the app.
“It will help students and their families know when the bus is approaching their stop,” he said. “We hope this will improve the experience for students and families and reduce delays resulting from students running out of buses.”
“We’re always looking for new and better ways to help our families, whether it’s improving the ease of enrolling a new student or, in this case, ensuring that the commute to and from at school is going smoothly,” Dr Gifford said.
“I think it will be a very useful tool during storms or if the bus breaks down,” she said.
Kiely said the new app “will provide more data for schools and our transportation department to run efficiently and troubleshoot any issues that may arise.”