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The Cherokee County School District is expanding its pilot of a new system that allows parents to track their child’s school bus on a smart phone or computer!
The Transportation Department began testing the Versatrans My Stop system earlier this school year with selected individual parents, and that pilot now is ready to expand on March 5 to three schools: Arnold Mill Elementary School, Johnston Elementary School and Mill Creek Middle School. The School District’s goal is to expand access to the system to all CCSD parents at the start of next school year.
“Providing real-time bus information to parents is an important service we have worked toward for the past two years,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower. “Knowing whether a bus is on schedule gives parents the option of keeping their children indoors as long as possible on cold mornings and eliminates the worry that comes with not knowing where the bus is when it’s running late. We appreciate the work our Transportation Department and Office of School Operations has put into this project to better serve our students and families.”
My Stop offers parents the ability to track their child’s school bus through CCSD’s website or the Versatrans My Stop mobile app. The GPS-based system shows parents the location of their child’s bus on a map of its route for 15 minutes prior to its scheduled arrival at the bus stop both in the morning and in the afternoon. The system also alerts parents of how many minutes away the bus is from the stop, which provides an even more accurate report than the map image.
Schools will have access to an “arrival board” online, similar to screens at an airport, so staff there will have complete and accurate information about all buses. The My Stop system will improve efficiency by providing parents with the most timely information possible and by eliminating the need for school staff to prepare and send notifications if a bus is delayed.
Parents only will have access to the route for their child’s home address, and access to the system’s tracking information is limited to the 15-minute window before their child is scheduled to be picked up from the stop in the morning or dropped off at the stop in the afternoon. Access accounts only can be set up by parents who have their child’s student ID. Only parents with children at one of the three pilot schools will be able to access the system beginning March 5, and they only will be able to see information for their children’s routes at those schools.
Parents of children who attend the pilot schools will be provided with additional information and can contact the front office of their child’s school with any questions. More information will be shared with all parents prior to the start of next school year, so they will be able to use this new system.