Southeast Polk Community School District launches Here Comes the Bus, a user friendly tool allowing parents and authorized caregivers to view the real-time location of their child’s school bus on a smartphone, tablet or computer. This new electronic tracking device will show parents where their child’s bus is on a map, and allow students to accurately gauge just when their bus will arrive. All of the information is encrypted and protected so parents only receive information about the specific buses their children ride.
Transportation Director Dan Schultz explained the district’s roll-out plan involves activating two schools per month, with plans to have all schools utilizing the new tool by May. He said, “Adding schools in stages allows our bus drivers to ensure routing accuracy within the Here Comes the Bus system.” Schultz also emphasized the importance of ease of mind for our parents and student safety. He said, “A positive customer service experience with the safety and well-being of student riders is our goal with this program.”
Early January: Mitchellville Elementary
Late January: Runnells Elementary
February: Centennial Elementary and Clay Elementary
March: Willowbrook Elementary and Delaware Elementary
April: Four Mile Elementary and Altoona Elementary
May: Southeast Polk Spring Creek, Junior High, and High School (6th thru 12th grades)
Here Comes the Bus app is free and enables parents and authorized caregivers to:
Here Comes the Bus is powered by Synovia Solutions, makers of the GPS-tracking technology used by Southeast Polk Schools to increase safety and cost savings as it relates to our school bus fleet.
Available in three languages (English, Spanish and French), the Here Comes the Bus app can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.