App allows parents to track school buses

BATAVIA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A smartphone app will now allow parents in the Batavia School District to track their child’s school bus from pick-up to drop-off.

The idea is to end the so-called “guessing game” for parents with children who ride the bus. Batavia School District Business Administrator Scott Rozanski explained, “Wondering if the bus is coming or ‘When is Johnny going to be dropped off?’ and things like that.”

Student Transporation of America runs the school buses in Batavia and Vice President Gene Kowalczewski said, “This app allows parents to see exactly where the bus is, where the child’s route is, how far a child is on a particular route, how far it is from home, what information may be necessary for a child to be able to adjust the time at the stop or the pickup based on weather, traffic congestion based on construction or accidents.”

Student Transporation of America is now working with SafeStop, the maker of the smartphone app, to connect GPS devices that were already on their buses to an online system that will be available for parents and administrators.

Rozanski said, “If by chance a student got on a wrong bus, those instances unfortunately happen, we try to minimize them, but also that will provide immediate feedback as soon as possible.”

The app isn’t free, but the school district is picking up the tab for one child per household. After that, the service costs $4 per month.

There are 800 students in the district that ride buses and how much the district will pay for the service depends on how many parents take advantage of it.

The SafeStop app is available for iPhone & iPad, Android devices and via web browsers.

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