New Mobile App Will Help Parents Track Bus Arrivals
The Fairfax County Public Schools Office of Transportation Services is introducing a new school bus arrival app, Here Comes the Bus®, for the 2019-20 school year. The app is offered at no charge to parents.
Here Comes the Bus® is a school bus tracking app that provides parents and guardians with real-time bus locations through text or email alerts. Here Comes the Bus® combines GPS and bus routing data in an easy-to-use, customizable app that works on one or multiple devices including smartphones, tablets, or desktop computers. The app provides timely school bus arrival information through a graphical interface as well as messaging to indicate the bus’s distance from your child’s bus stop for both morning and afternoon bus stops. Here Comes the Bus® will be available in addition to the district’s existing tool, the bus delay notification system.
Here Comes the Bus® uses HTTPS like a bank or online store, making all communications between a device and the site are encrypted and secure. A Student Information System parent account is required to download the app. The app tracks the bus route—not the student—and bus substitutions can affect the accuracy of the app.
Following a successful pilot program, Here Comes the Bus® is ready for service for the 2019-2020 school year. While no app should replace established best practices and judgment, Here Comes the Bus® can provide helpful information about the location of your child’s school bus.