St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) is extending the adoption of an innovative mobile device app and website entitled Here Comes the Bus. Five more schools are coming on board with this user friendly tool that allows parents and authorized caregivers to view the real-time location of their child’s school bus on a smartphone, tablet or computer.
Transportation Director Don Carter explained that while five schools (Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts, Lawnwood Elementary, Mariposa Elementary, Savanna Ridge Elementary, and West Gate K-8) are included in the early phase of the roll-out plan, the District will continue to add additional schools until all schools are included in the system. The tool was successfully piloted with Allapattah Flats K-8 at the close of last school year. He said, “Adding schools in stages allows our bus routers to ensure routing accuracy within the Here Comes the Bus system.” Carter also emphasized the importance of customer feedback. “We want to know what our parents are thinking and what benefit this provides them,” he said, “A positive customer service experience with the safety and well-being of student riders is at the heart of this implementation.”
Here Comes the Bus app is free and enables parents and authorized caregivers to:
- See the location of their child’s bus both before and after school pick-up
- Confirm that their child’s bus has arrived at the bus stop, at school or both
- Receive a push notification or email message when the bus is a certain distance from the bus stop
Here Comes the Bus is powered by Synovia Solutions, makers of the GPS-tracking technology used by St. Lucie Public 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.