June 21, 2011
Albemarle County Officials are debating whether or not to allow parents to track school buses in the county. Parents would have the ability to see where their child's bus is from their computer.
"Oh, I think that would be awesome, sometimes people lose track of their kids, they get off at the wrong stop, or they are not where they're are suppose to be," said Debbie Walker, a parent.
The Albemarle County School District sent out a survey to thousands of parents, asking their opinions on having access to the GPS capability called "Here Comes the Bus." The live tracking program allows parents to know the location of their child's school buss.
"Hopefully, we get some feedback from them on what kind of service they are interested in. It might be that they may simply log on to their computer and see a map to show where the bus is," said Josh Davis, the Transportation Director for Albemarle County.
The tracking system also has software for phones, so parents can track buses when they are not at home.
"The parent of a middle school school child, who they trust to stay at home by themselves for a couple hours in the afternoon, could log on to the system while at work and in fact note the bus arrived at home," explained Davis.
GPS units are currently operating on all Albemarle County School buses. The schools have the ability to track all bus movements, to come up with more efficient routes and to save money. Information collected from GPS units has also been used as evidence in court, to convict drivers who illegally pass stopped buses.