The “Here Comes the Bus” mobile app will track school buses in real-time, and provide parents, students and administrators with other information.
Fauquier County Public Schools on January 7 will launch a new mobile application to improve how students, parents and administrators manage the daily school bus commute.
The phone app, called “Here Comes the Bus” will deliver real-time tracking of school bus locations as well as e-mail and push notification alerts to ensure students and parents arrive at the school bus stop on time.
Fauquier County school staff said the app will take some stress out of parents’ morning routine and keep students protected from harsh winter weather.
A participant in the pilot program for Fauquier public schools and a parent, Amber Kiffney said:
“It has made mornings less stressful because we know exactly when we HAVE to walk out the door to catch the bus. No rushing to get to the stop only to realize the bus is running a few minutes later than usual and we could have taken more time.
“I work from home, so being able to track the progress of the bus on its way to our stop gives me a few extra minutes every day to wrap up whatever I’m working on,” Ms. Kiffney said.
Indiana-based Synovia Solutions launched the free mobile app in 2014. It has more than one million downloads and serves approximately 300,000 daily users across North America.
“Our app has become the go-to tool for parents, students and school administrators nationwide thanks to its intuitive interface and straightforward approach to connecting buses with parents and student riders,” said CEO Jon King.
“We’re thrilled to have earned the trust of Fauquier County schools and are excited to leverage our suite of services to help the district save money and deliver improved customer service,” Mr. King added.
The app is available for download now and will be available to use starting Monday, Jan. 7, 2019.
About 7,000 students ride buses in Fauquier County.