The Transportation Portal is a new tool that the Transportation unit has provided to help parents access information about their child’s transportation. After registering for an account (by selecting the ‘parent’ link in the top right hand corner on the website) families are able to add their children to their account and information about their transportation services. (Please note though – if you are looking to register for the school bus itself you need to visit your local school and if eligible, they will forward your application to our office so we can set up the service. Once that is completed you will be able to add your children to your portal account.) This will include their bus route number, the approximate bus stop times, the company providing the service and their contact information. Once you have your children added you can also subscribe to the late bus portal. This utility will send an e-mail to your inbox any time a school bus operator reports a late bus that your child is assigned. The Consortium will continue to review the viability of sending text messages as another means of notification to families in the future.
Future stages of the portal will provide a ’where’s my bus app’ so that families can actually see where the bus is in relation to their stop and provide an approximate estimated time of arrival. These future technologies are dependent on our school bus operators leveraging their GPS systems and ensuring that the buses are assigned to the appropriate routes for accurate reporting .
We hope this new tool provides greater access to information and allow us to communicate with our families better.
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