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How to Manage School Transport Effectively

A majority of schools have large fleets of buses that ferry children to and from schools every day. These buses ensure safety for the children. Safety is a major point of concern not only for the parents but for the school authorities as well.

In addition to the quality of education that a school provides, the transportation facilities provided by the school for the safety of their students is a major factor that parents look for when choosing a school for their ward(s).

Given below are few important points which can be practised by the school authorities to manage the school transportation in an effective manner.

1: Manage Routes

It would do best for the school transport department to assign time-saving bus routes in an optimized manner so that it means cost saving in terms of less fuel expenditure.

This activity has to be carefully planned out in such a manner that multiple vehicles of the fleet do not share the same route, do not overlap, or cause any kind of confusion whatsoever. Such a happening would lead to a waste of resources.

2: Bus Station Allocation

This is yet another challenging aspect of managing the school bus fleet.  The school transport department has to create bus stops from where the students can be picked up or dropped off. However, a lot of care has to be taken while deciding the location of these bus stops.

They should be at a convenient spot so that students can reach the bus stop without any difficulty. Secondly, the stops should be in locations that are safe enough for the students to wait till their respective bus comes.

The bus stop location cannot be fixed at spots with heavy traffic as it turns out to be inconvenient and unsafe for both parents and children.

3: Accurate bus timings

Managing the timings of the buses in the fleet is a very important aspect. The bus routes are primarily decided based on the availability of the vehicles in the fleet.

When the routes are allocated, then check the timings of the buses which also includes some buffer time kept aside for any unforeseen delays such as breakdowns, traffic blocks, etc. The buses of the fleet are allocated timing in such a way that only the time required for the travel along the route is allowed for them.

4: Appropriate Fee Structures

Running a fleet of buses is a major cost incurred for the school. The fee structure should be decided on the basis of the running times of the bus and the routes that are traversed.

Other variables to be factored in include the salary of the bus staff, maintenance costs, fuel costs and a facility fee. The fee amounts would be different for different routes that the bus takes and depends on the distance of the bus stops from the school.

SCHOOL-TRANSPORRT-APP5: Allocate Appropriate Routes for Staffs and Students

Firstly, it should be borne in the mind that the student-teacher ratio should be maintained appropriately in each of the buses. The authorities should assign at least two or three teachers per bus.

One of the teachers should necessarily be present in the bus till the end of the route or until the last child in the bus gets off. This ensures the safety of the children travelling in the bus.

6: School Bus Attendance

The attendance roll call for students travelling by each bus should be done every time  bus leaves the school and before the bus reaches the school after the trip completes.

This ensures that the authorities are keeping track of the students. It ensures safety and no slipups whatsoever. Any untoward happening on the bus can be spotted immediately by the authorities.

7: Student Safety

It is most important that the authorities take complete responsibility to ensure safety for those travelling in the bus.
•    Appointing the right driver and bus attendant whose records are clean
•    Maintaining the bus and all its accessories at regular intervals, ensuring that all parts are working
•    It is important to track that the driver’s behaviour on the bus

8: Fleet Tracking

Tracking school buses and occupants is one of the important things that a school should perform to manage school transportation effectively.

This helps the school authorities to take sudden action if any mishaps or any emergencies come during the trip. This in turn helps to tackle the issue without much stress.

Integrating the school transport management software with GPS allows you to get various reports including the wear and tear of the vehicle parts, speed reports, etc.

All these reports help to improve the efficiency of the bus fleet by organizing optimized routes that help to  cut costs as well as ensure a safe trip for the students.

9: Video Surveillance

Video surveillance of the bus every time is essential. It helps school authorities to ensure that everything goes all right with the staff, driver, attendant and students at all times. Any bad behaviour on the part of the driver/staff/students can be stopped in the beginning itself.

10: Fleet Maintenance Software

Use of fleet maintenance software helps to track the vehicle downtimes, parts required, inventory status, expenditure, maintenance schedules, usage of fuel and replacement criteria. Tracking these helps to increase the efficiency and manage the school bus fleet more effectively.

Conclusion

Technology is revolutionizing every aspect of school bus fleet management and it is important that every school’s authorities gather sufficient information to make the most of this and ensure a safe trip to students along with managing it efficiently at the same time.

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How to Choose the Right Software for Your School Transport Company

The safest way to transport students of your school would be to have a complete overview of your entire school transportation system at any point in time.

Budget cuts are happening everywhere, with the result that the transport department is forced to squeeze out the most from every dollar spent.

One of the most efficient ways to cut down fuel costs, staffing and to improve vehicle utilization is by optimization of routes.

However, this can be frustrating, time-consuming and inefficient if done manually. Using software packages for school transport is the best way to get this done neatly and efficiently.

How School Transport Software Package is Useful

From creating the school bus routes, scheduling the drivers, and managing unforeseen incidents, the software package for school bus transport must be in tune with the requirements of the school. Any school transportation management software would address the following objectives:

1: Features that make every-day time-consuming tasks easier

•    Allowing easy preparation of trips with auto optimized routes

•    It should be able to manage the presence of students in each stage of the bus trip

•    A few clicks should be enough to plan the rounds for a specific bus contract for a period of a range of dates

2: The activity would be visible immediately in real time

•    The schedule would be accessible and readable in real time

•    Changing the route of one driver to another would be a matter of just a couple of clicks

3: The software package would be in line with the objectives of the business

•    The package should have tools that can help to manage both the drivers as well as the bus attendants

•    It should help to plan the maintenance and renewal of the bus fleet

•    It should give the difference between the monthly projected turnover of the bus and the actuals easily

But while choosing the right software for your school transport company, you must consider certain things as now the market place have flooded with many school bus transportation software kits with various packages. Here we are showcasing certain key things you must take care of.

1: Compatibility with other software

The routing and transportation management software will operate optimally when it is compatible with the other existing programs in your system.

If the integration is good, there is a good possibility that you can derive a variety of reports from the package that will sure make your transport system management easy and efficient.

2: Features of the bus transport system software

The important features that your software package for transport management should possess are the distances to be plied, the route layouts and their complexities, the number of users, etc., among others.

Advanced packages have features that include a layout map of the areas to be covered, maps that can be edited to add new routes and stops, and travel restrictions.  Some other features are:

•    Assignment of bus stops to students (these are defined by the users)

•    Accommodation of right-sided pick-up points

•    Generation of bus passes

•    Option for scheduling pick-up and drop-off points (alternate locations)

•    Calendar facility

•    Student-bus tour history for purpose of report generation

•    Options to customize necessary things

3: Training and Support

Any transport management software package would work best only if you know how to use it effectively. For this, you selected package provider has to provide the required training so that it fits the requirements of your institution.

The software provider should provide training during the time the package is laid out and also beyond this period so that all issue can be sorted out and it can be made to function the way in which it should.

4: Type of software vendor

Rather than choosing a vendor that provides a generalized transportation management package, it is wiser to go for a single vendor that provides a customized end-to-end solution for your specific needs.

Though the former option may cost you less, you may end up making it more expensive if you want amends to be made for the package to suit your system. An end-to-end customized solution will function seamlessly.

5: Calendar-based routing and scheduling

A calendar-based bus schedule helps to organize a trip and allows for the creation of trips quickly, optimally and efficiently. You can edit the schedules with ease. You can even plan for what-if scenarios with efficiently structured advanced software packages.

6: GPS Tracking

Software packages with GPS tracking facility allow you to both track and monitor every bus of your school fleet. Additional information of student in a particular route can be facilitated in integrating RFID options and providing the students with tracking cards. This is precious information as far as the school authorities and parents are concerned.

7: Bus Driver Management

Efficient software programs will help to schedule trips based on drivers’ experience, seniority and expertise. Al trips can further be made to connect to payroll so that month-end salary pay-outs become easier. All these can help to improve retention rates of drivers over the longer term.

8: Management of Changes in Students’ Schedules

See if the software package allows for editing a student’s route to a new one. It should allow setting a student’s status as ‘on vacation’ if they want to stop the school bus transportation for a specific period of time.

9: Matching of Plan vs. Actual

Analysis of GPS data helps the drivers to follow routes that have already been designated. Drivers find it easier to follow the maps of planned routes rather than generic maps displayed by Google.

10: Students with Special Needs

Transportation for students with special needs stands improved by following optimized routes with minimum time on board and proves helpful for generating student data for student reimbursements.

11: Availability of the features on mobile phones

It is greatly convenient for the school authorities as well as parents to receive any notification/alert related to the transportation on mobile phones in real time.

The software package can be designed to send tracking and monitoring signals to servers which disseminates the information to mobile phones.

Facilities that users look out for in School Bus Transportation Management Software

•    Easily input data regarding the pick-up and drop-off stations for the students

•    Maintain details of all the buses (vehicle number, insurance, fuel details, etc.)

•    Maintain details of all students such as contact details, pick-up and drop-off point, etc.

•    SMS facility for parents if any change in scheduled routes or timings

•    All data related to bus maintenance and insurance payments maintained

•    Define bus charges and timings for students for pick-up and drop-off points

•    Easy generation of reports

Conclusion

A software package which helps to manage all the sub-processes that are involved in student transportation through the school buses includes passenger tracking, route optimization, ease driver-parent-school communication, generate comprehensive reports, and facilitate real-time management of different parts of the transportation service. This will help to improve the savings and money control and will ensure student safety.

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How to Install Car Seats In School Bus?

Drivers depend on car seats to keep babies safe. However, according to some experts, only 15% of the car seats are correctly installed guaranteeing the safety and protection of the child.

Before you start installing a car seat in the school bus, know the type of car seats you have. Is it a rear-facing car seat or a front-facing one? Next, take a look at its design to understand if it has to be fixed to the school bus’ seat belt, or the anchor belts attached to the car seat, or to both.

Let us look deeply onto it.

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Installing a Rear-Facing Car Seats in School Bus

Step 1: The carrier and the base are two different parts and must be separated. You need to install the base as this is what will remain in the car.

Go through the manufacturer’s instructions to understand how the carrier can be removed from the base. Generally, this is done with the help of a lever or button placed at the base.

Step 2: Check for the belts attached to the base. Some car seats have a belt with two hooks that can latch onto the designated spots near the seat belt area of your vehicle. If these are the kind of belts in your car seat, snap the hooks onto the metal bars of your school bus’ seat.

  • Make sure the base is resting right against the seat. Tighten the anchor belt in case of a gap.
  • Check the instructional manual to ensure that this is the way the base has to be fixed.
  • Some car seats have another belt that needs to go through the car seat to secure the base and provide additional security.

ALTERNATIVELY,

If the car seat which you are going to install does not have an anchor belt with hooks, it will have a buckle to securely put through the school bus’ belt opening. The seatbelt must go through straight without any twists or turns.

  • Check the manual thoroughly to understand where the belt has to be attached in case of doubt.
  • Every school bus and every car seat is different and, therefore, the manufacturer’s manual must be referred to.
  • A car seat that is not properly latched can be dangerous since the child is at the risk of getting injured.

Step 3: Fix the infant carrier onto the base. The direction of the carrier must be such that the child is facing the rear side. When the base and carrier are correctly fitted, you must hear a click sound. You can practice placing and separating the carrier a couple of times to know how it’s done.

Step 4: Check the angle of the base. Rear-facing car seats can be adjusted to different angles. Young infants need a more reclined position as it helps them to breathe properly.

  • Car seat carriers have level indicators to help you understand which is right for your child. Read the level and check if this is right as per your child’s weight/age/height.
  • Alter the base angle if you feel your child is not comfortable.
  • Always change the angle as your child grows.

Installation a Front Facing Car Seats in School Bus

Step 1: Take the seat belt through the car seat. Front facing car seats have openings at the back or bottom through which a seat belt needs to pass.

This seat belt must be buckled into the school bus’ seat on the other side. Once the belt has passed through and you’ve buckled it, push it down and pull to ensure that it has locked well. Check that the belt is straight and there are no twists or bundling.

Step 2: Some car seat designs include an attached tether. This can be taken over the top of the vehicle’s seat to latch on the anchor behind the seat. If your car seat and vehicle’s seat both support this locking, attach the tether to the anchor and tighten.

ALTERNATIVELY,

If the tether is not attached, you need to use latches to secure the car seat. Check the bottom of the car seat for two buckles with hooks.

These should latch onto the designated spots of the school bus seat where the back and bottom join. Tighten the belt in a manner that the back of the car seat is snug against the back of the vehicle’s seat and the base is snug to the base.

Safety Guidelines

Proper installation of the car seat in school bus is not enough to ensure the safety of the child while traveling. There are a few other factors that you must keep in mind to ensure that the child remains uninjured on the school bus journey. Here’s what you must check:

  1. Choose the right spot to fix the car seat. Child car seats should not be installed in the first few or last rows of the school bus. This is because these seats are unsafe and experience more jerks than the middle rows.
  2. The seat must fit well according to the dimensions of your vehicle’s seat. At any point in time, the base of the car seat must not move more than 1 inch.
    Pull and push your car seat in different directions after installation to check this movement and in case the car seat is moving a lot, do not place the child in it. Tighten the belts to first fix the car seat correctly.
  3. Use the shoulder straps and lap harness to buckle the child into the seat. The child must not be left loosely in the seat. The chest clip must also be buckled properly.
    Tighten all the belts to make sure that your child is safe and comfortable as well. Please ensure that none of the straps are twisted or bundled.

Keep the instructions manual handy to be sure that you have done everything correctly. Student safety in the car seat is in your hands and you must double check everything.

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School Transportation Apps are Booming Now. Know Why?

School buses play a vital role in transporting students promptly and safely to and from their schools. The current soaring of offenses, particularly during student travel, has become a subject of concern. Parents are increasingly worried about sending their children on school buses.

The school transport system often lacks any accountability or communication after it leaves the school. This makes school districts look for a reliable way to resolve all these issues. This makes them install a powerful and effective school transportation app in their school buses.

The countless beneficial features, reliability, and safety of these apps make them more and more popular and essential amid schools, parents, as well as students. Some of the other valid reasons that make the school transportation app an essential one include:

Real-time Tracking

The school transportation apps aid the school management and parents considerably in estimating the precise location of school bus. This feature helps them in knowing the expected arrival time as well as the scheduled pickups of school bus accordingly. In addition, any hindrances to the route of the school bus can be informed digitally.

This greatly reduces the pressure on physical communication. Moreover, these applications allow parents to follow the school bus on its route and keep their eyes on it to boost accountability. The real-time tracking feature of the apps has turned out to be an extra benefit, as well. This is because the school management can use school bus transprtation apps as a way to ensure the safety of kids.

Driver Responsibility

Another major reason is that they ensure responsibility as well as the accountability of school bus attendants and drivers. Once students board their school bus, they become the accountability of bus attendant and driver. However, increasing number of crimes in mind, holding the bus attendant and driver responsible has become extremely important. School authorities have been employing several safeguards, including using nannies for their school buses.

However, a nexus, which creates between the nannies, attendants, and drivers, is likely to make such a protection useless. This can be done easily with a school bus tracking app. It will prevent the bus attendant as well as the driver from involving in a crime. This is because the entire bus crew will know that it is under the real-time observation of school authorities and parents. Thus, this works as a way to hold the driver responsible and accountable for his or her deeds.

Efficiency

Using a reliable school transportation app will reduce the wastage of time and resource and will increase the efficiency. This means that it will boost efficiency in many ways, including monitoring and thus, decreasing the costs. This is because the school management can monitor the routes of school bus over a period to value the fuel and time investment for a particular route.

Furthermore, schools can explore alternative routes to make their bus arrive at the similar destination. These alternative routes are prone to be less fuel concentrated, reducing fuel expenses for the schools. In addition, driving the school along a route that involves less traffic will benefit the students, as well. This is for the reason that it will help them reach their school or home quickly and safely. Habitually, such time and fuel efficiency will create an optimistic impact on the ecosystem of city.

Schedule Improvement

The schedule of school bus can be greatly improved through a school transporting app by predicting delays. The substantial traffic jams that subsist today can be a main reason for the school bus delays. These delays habitually become a reason for disappointment and discontentment amid the parents.

Usually, parents call the school management to know the reason for delay that in turn will contact the school bus staff. This will result in wastage of effort and time. On the other hand, the school transportation software can help you out in this. Parents are responsive to traffic jams or school bus delays through tracking their school bus in real time.

A school transportation app will lessen their worries and will offer them a peace of mind in knowing that their kids are safe in their school bus. Conversely, if the school bus is late while coming from school, the real-time tracking features of these apps will allow the transport manager of the school to reschedule vital assemblies or tests. This will prevent any cultural or academic loss that the kids may come across because of delays.

Ensure Traffic Compliance

A school bus transportation application will ensure observance with the existing traffic regulations and safety procedures. Often, schools receive complaints regarding their drivers for not following the traffic regulations and other safety strategies. The school transportation software will not only supply the real-time location of the bus but also watch other logistics.

Any reliable school bus tracking software can aid school authorities considerably in monitoring the standard speed that the driver of their bus follows.  Exceeding the specified speed limit may be a reason for alarm. Therefore, these tracking applications can assist school authorities to compel their drivers to obey the road safety regulations.

Furthermore, they can use the school bus tracking software as the evidence of misbehavior of their drivers on road, if driver rejects the needless speeding.

Conclusion

With the help of these apps, the school transportation authorities can track all their buses on one map as well as comprehensive route logs at any time on any day. This is because these apps come with multiple tracking features, including the real-time locations of the school buses and barcodes that track the location of students while getting in and getting out of their school buses.

Therefore, all these benefits and features make the school transportation apps more popular amid many modern-day schools.

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12 School Transportation Trends to Watch out in 2018

In the past few years, educational field has greatly been influenced by Information technology. School transportation management is an area where a number of IT companies focus on.

Most of the entrepreneurs consider this as a good opportunity and thus, make innovative products to solve the school transportation issues.

Some key trends in school transportation management that captured the attention are as follows:

1. Route Optimization

Now, it is not difficult for us to think about organizing school bus routes, bus stops and then, allocating students to their respective bus stops.

One can automatically build optimized routes, resolve the most appropriate bus stops and match students to those stops based on their addresses.

2. School Bus Tracking

Now, people are more interested in keeping track of school buses during their movement. Many schools have started implementing the school bus tracking software for effective school transportation management.

The software helps transport managers to effectively manage fleet of buses, tackle emergency situations properly and create weekly reports regarding school transportation management.

3. School Bus Attendance

Due to working hours and tight schedules, parents will have great concern about their child's safety in transportation. In order to put a stop to this worry, schools have implemented software that provides instant notifications to parents whenever their child gets on or off the school bus.

With apps like driver console, drivers are able to know whether any particular child is missing from the bus or not. The app will have details regarding each student and their assigned stops which help the drivers to instantly recognize them. Thus school management can guarantee a secure and risk-free transportation to students.

4. Tracking App for Parents

From morning to evening, parents will be worried about their child and eagerly wait for the school bus to arrive. When there are unfavourable weather conditions, the situation gets worse. School management can tackle such situations by providing an app that enables the parents to track their child's school bus in real time and thus, reach the bus stop in time.

Once a child boards the school bus with tracking, parents are able to see the real-time location along with route which helps them to plan accordingly. They are also able to manage more than one child with a single app.

5. Tracking App for Transport Managers

With the help of the transport manager app, transport managers are able to have exclusive control of the school bus. With this app, even minor possibilities of accidents or mishaps that can happen in the school transportation services can be avoided.

Transport managers are able to communicate with the driver whenever they feel a need for that. Using the app, they are able to schedule school bus trips easily. New pick up points can be built and assigned. Also, it is possible to update bus stop locations if any relocation needed.

6. Tracking App for Bus Attendant

This app includes a complete attendance management system which helps to reduce attendance flaws. Manual way of collecting attendance is usually a tedious task and is prone to errors. Each and every minute detail is considered in the attendant app.

Drivers are able to instantly get notification, along with the contact details and a picture of the child. They get exact direction of the trip and the confirmed trip paves way to trip history.

7. Alternative Fuels

Many trends are coming in many areas of school transportation, one such is in fuel. As we all know gasoline is used in buses which have volatile prices and low efficiency level per gallon. Today worldwide we are draining petroleum resources which are forcing us to go for alternatives. There are many alternatives such as compressed natural gas (CNG), propane, electricity, and much more.

8. Live Camera Feed

With the help of cameras, drivers obtain live camera feed of students inside the school bus. Drivers can view this feed via their own console. This helps them to save time, thereby adding comfort, convenience and safety.

9. Geofencing

Parents as well as school authorities can restrict the movement of school bus to a particular area. They will get instant notification if any school bus enters the restricted area. Parents can also set their own boundary by using the geofencing feature of parent app and receive alerts when the school bus approaches near to their child's pick up point.

10. Manifest Feature

Produce routine school bus passenger details like pick up details, route diagram indicating pick up location, list of students present inside the bus etc. If a student applied leave on a particular day, his pick up details will not appear in that day's stop list in the app. This saves valuable time of the driver as well as the students by not having to stop at unnecessary points. It is a useful feature that is going to be a trendsetter in the future.

11. Alcohol Detection

It is not a pleasant thing to discuss but still we have to. There are certain cases when drivers are under the influence of alcohol while driving which they hide it. But it is not possible now as there is a sensor which detects alcohol in driver. This sensor can be installed into steering wheel which helps it to stop any unsafe driving as it locks down the bus before it reaches the road.

12. Auto Routing

School bus routing is quite a difficult job for transport managers as well as fleet managers as they have to optimize bus routes, check the seating capacity and much more. But now routing is not a problematic task as school transport software has auto routing feature which does the routing automatically with the use of its smart routing algorithm.

These are trends that have revolutionized the school transportation management. They not only help the new drivers to have better control of the school bus, but also give parents peace of mind. With the advent of various technologies, costs for fuel can also be significantly reduced with the facility of route optimization.

 

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Trends in School Transportation Management

In the past few years, educational field has greatly been influenced by Information technology. School transportation management is an area where a number of IT companies focus on. Most of the entrepreneurs consider this as a good opportunity and thus, make innovative products to solve the school transportation issues.

Some of the key trends in school transportation management that can capture the attention in the coming years are as follows:

Recap: 

9 Qualities of a Great School Bus Transportation System

  • Route Optimization

Now, it is not difficult for us to think about organizing school bus routes, bus stops and then, allocating students to their respective bus stops. One can automatically build optimized routes, resolve the most appropriate bus stops and match students to those stops based on their addresses.

  • School Bus Tracking

Now, people are more interested in keeping track of school buses during their movement. Many schools have started implementing the school bus tracking software for effective school transportation management.

The software helps transport managers to effectively manage fleet of buses, tackle emergency situations properly and create weekly reports regarding school transportation management.

  • School Bus Attendance

Due to working hours and tight schedules, parents will have great concern about their child's safety in transportation. In order to put a stop to this worry, schools have implemented software that provides instant notifications to parents whenever their child gets on or off the school bus.

With apps like driver console drivers are able to know whether any particular child is missing from the bus. The app will have details regarding each student and their assigned stops, which help the drivers to instantly recognize them. School management, thus guarantees a secure and risk-free transportation to students.

  • Tracking App for Parents

From morning to evening, parents will be worried about their child and eagerly wait for the school bus to arrive. When there are unfavourable weather conditions, the situation gets worse. School management can tackle such situations by providing an app that enables the the parents to track their child's school bus in real time and thus, reach the bus stop in time.

Once a child boards the school bus with tracking, parents are able to see the real-time location along with route which helps them to plan accordingly. They are also able to manage more than one child with a single app.

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  • Tracking App for Transport Managers

With the help of the transport manager app, transport managers are able to have exclusive control of the school bus. App avoids even minor possibilities of accidents or mishaps that can happen in the school transportation service.

Transport managers are able to communicate with the driver whenever they feel a need for that. Using the app, they are able to schedule school bus trips easily. New pick up points can be built and assigned. Also, it is possible to update if there are any bus stop relocations.

  • Tracking App for Bus Attendant

This app includes a complete attendance management system which helps to reduce attendance flaws. Manual way of collecting attendance is usually a tedious task and is prone to errors. Each and every minute detail is considered in the attendant app.

Drivers are able to instantly get notification, along with the contact details and a picture of the child. They get exact direction of the trip and the confirmed trip paves way to trip history.

  • Live camera feed

With the help of cameras, drivers obtain live camera feed of students inside the school bus. Drivers can view this feed via their own console. This helps them to save time, thereby adding comfort, convenience and safety.

  • Geofencing

Parents as well as school authorities can restrict the movement of school bus to a particular area. They will get instant notification if at all school bus enter the restricted area. Parents can also set their own boundary by using the geofencing feature of parent app and receive alerts when the school bus approaches near to their child's pick up point.

  • Manifest Feature

Produce routine school bus passenger details like pick up details, route diagram indicating pick up location, list of students present inside the bus etc. If a student applied leave on a particular day, his pick up details will not appear in that day's stop list in the app. This saves valuable time of the driver as well as the students by not having to stop at unnecessary points. It is a useful feature that is going to be a trendsetter in the future.

These are trends that have revolutionized the school transportation management. They not only help the new drivers to have better control of the school bus, but also give parents peace of mind. With the advent of various technologies, costs for fuel can also be significantly reduced with the facility of route optimization.

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Punjab and Haryana High Court Inquires Report on the Appointment of Female Attendants in School Buses

 

The Punjab and Haryana High Court ask reports for school authorities regarding the appointment of female attendant within three days. This direction was circulated by the special division bench under the supervision of justice Surya Kant and justice Ajay Tiwari.

This committee took this decision while discussing the issues regarding the implementation of policies on school transportation. During the hearing, the Punjab and Haryana High Court decided to appoint female attendants in school bus carrying female students whereas a male attendant for the school bus carrying male students.

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In addition to this, the High Court mentioned that there will be joint inspections done by transport departments as well as child rights protection commission to ensure that the policies have been followed or not.

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12 Questions to Ask About School Bus Ride Quality

 

Most of us send children to school via school bus due to safety reasons. But the fact is that, you don't know basic facts about your child's school transportation. You never try to know where your child is going, who is going along with them, and what happens when they reach the destination.

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Here follows 12 questions that every parent should ask before the school bus trip and entire academic year:

1. At What Time will the School Bus Come?

You should ask school authorities about the arrival time of school bus before your child's first school day. Sometimes, transportation officials will never let you know about the delay in child's pick up. Hence as a parent, you should know these details in advance. You can ask the school transportation authorities about the bus scheduling in advance and thus send the child to the school bus at that time. Try to find out the exact time you should pick up your child from the stop.

2. Who will be on the School Bus with your Child?

A driver and an aide will always be there with your child for assuring school bus safety. You can interact with them, introduce yourselves and ask for their names. This can be helpful as you can tell them certain information they need to know such as a medical problem, behavioral problem etc. Also tell them to report any problems that happen on the school bus.

3. How Child's Behavior on the Bus?

Make sure your child has an appropriate seat if your child is small or having low muscle bones. You need to fix this issue with the relevant authorities and should be decided before the child's first day of school. Also, in the case of older children, the bus seat given to them should be appropriate and comfortable. For kids in wheelchairs, you should ask bus personnel, whether there are enough equipments for getting your child on and off the bus.

4. Which Route is taken by School Bus for Getting to School?

Try to learn the school bus route yourself by following the bus on the first day. This can help you to find about stops and check out the route to the school bus takes. You can complain to school authorities if the chosen route is a complicated one.

5. What Time the Bus Gets to School?

You cannot assume that the school bus reaches the school at the perfect time. For knowing about this in detail, you can build a good relationship with teachers and bus personnel. You can ask them about the schedule and thus know whether there is any change in it or not.

6. Where Do Your Kids Go After Getting Off the Bus?

As kids get off the bus, they sometimes go to auditoriums or canteen than going straight to classrooms. For the safety of your child in school bus, you can ask school authorities to provide an aide to make sure that they reached classroom rather than roaming here and there.

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7. Are all of my Child's Classmates on the Same Bus?

It is a good idea to keep your child's classmates on the same bus. But it is not possible. You can discuss with your child about their bus journey. This will help them to remember which students are on which bus and the number of the bus your child's classmates are on.

8. When Does the Bus Leave to Come Home?

As a parent, you should confirm the departing time of the bus so that you can plan to pick them up accordingly. Sometimes children in extra classes dismiss their classes earlier than the regular school schedule.

9. Which Route does the Bus, Take Home?

Usually, school buses take the same route to school as it takes from school. Your child may sometimes get on a different bus to get down to different location. In such case, you should find out the route that particular bus takes, and thus you can have a general idea about where your child is.

10. What Time will the Bus Return?

It is your responsibility to make sure that somebody greets your child when they are dropped from the school bus. Always know the exact time by which the school bus return and thus makes proper arrangements to pick them.

11. Who Takes Complaints?

You can ask contact details of school authorities and thus register complaints at the time of emergency. Thus you can contact them, if there is any problem in school bus transportation.

12. Is School Bus Ride the Best Choice for Your Child?

School bus is the best one for kids in special education. If you have the ability to transport your child yourself, then better do that task than sending your child via school bus.

All these 12 questions should be asked to relevant authorities at the right time for ensuring a safe journey for your child.

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6 Ways Technology has Changed Student Transportation

 

Technology advances have greatly affected our lives and the way we work. With the help of technological innovation, we are able to communicate more, quicker and better than ever before. Many employers are reaping several benefits offered by technology.

School transportation has been influenced by technological advancements to a large extent. Today, most of your cars and buses are having Wi-Fi, satellite radio and a host of integrations. Numerous technologies used in cars are now implemented on school buses.

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Here follows the 6 ways by which technology has changed your child's school transportation:

1. It's Easier to Track Students

As a parent, you may never stop worrying about the safety of your children. With the introduction of student tracking system, you are able to enjoy better safety for your children. You get to know whenever a student exits or enters the school bus, as they are tracked using ID cards. 

When a child's ID is paired with GPS technology and RFID technology, you can better monitor his or her location in real-time. You can also get in touch with teachers and can have a good rapport with each other.

In addition to this, you will be able to track details about pending fee payments and thus get a notification regarding it through your app. Also using your id, you can change your child's pickup point whenever necessary.

2. Students' Safety is Doubled 

With the installation of security cameras and integrating it with your smart phone applications, you can keep your children safe and provide a sense of security. These tools not only provide ease to the mind, but also provide you valuable data to produce reports. 

3. Effective Planning of School Transportation 

Earlier, route planning of school transportation used to be an arduous and frustrating. But, with the advancement of technology, you can optimize your school bus routes easily. By automating, you can create routes that save time as well as fuel. 

Using GPS technology, you can figure out the shortest, safest and most efficient route for your school bus. Thus, you can reduce road hazards that may otherwise put your child at risk. 

Every details regarding trips will be updated in the app including students in bus, those who are absent or on leave. Thus, the entire student statistics in the school bus can be taken using technology.

4. Emergency Management

It is difficult to manage school transportation during emergency situations such as highjacking, accidents or natural calamity. Earlier, during such situations, management was unable to find the real-time location of the bus. Use of GPS tracking system will make it a lot easier and thus take quick action at the time of emergencies.

With the help of GPS technology, school authorities will be able to know about the accident and its location instantly. Hence you can take necessary action to handle the situation.    

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5. Helps to Take Bus Attendance Easily

Driver console app helps the driver to take school bus attendance easily. Whenever students enter or exit a school bus, their details will be announced via the audio facility as well. 

The introduction of latest manifest feature help drivers to get school bus passenger details of a particular trip instantly. It will produce exact passenger detail of the day, neglect leave applied student details for the day, and all pickup point details for the day. 

If one student applied leave and his pickup point is 3 km inside pickup point, then the driver can skip the pickup point because it will not appear in that day's stop list. This is particularly helpful to drivers working with multiple trips or routes. The manifest feature also includes a route diagram which helps you to identify the pickup location. Hence, as a driver, you are not required to remember every student and their pickup points.

 6. Effective Management of School Transportation   

Using the same technology you use to track students, employees can also be managed efficiently. Transportation officials can monitor routes and detect unauthorized stops, which may affect fuel costs of school transportation.

Today life has become simpler and easier with the help of technology. It has completely revolutionized school transportation. 

As most of us follow the 9 to 6 work culture, it will be difficult for you to check out the safety of your child's school transportation. These smart school apps will help you to solve this issue. It would be handy for you to monitor your child's location in real-time through smart phones, which are constant companions for most of us.

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How can Driver Console App help School Transportation

 

Safety of school transportation is what parents care the most. Some parents are so scared to send their child to school via school bus. Hence, they try to use their own vehicle to assure safety for their children. But the truth is that today's school bus transportation is safer than anything.

 

With the technological development, school authorities are able to manage school transportation better. Parents, school authorities and drivers can now check out the safety of the children through the apps on their smart phones.

 

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As the name suggests Driver Console App is an app designed for drivers. Drivers can enjoy a variety of benefits from this app. Some of its major benefits are:

  • Better Control

Drivers are able to have better control over each bus ride with the help of School bus driver console. It helps the drivers not only to closely observe the activities of students inside the school bus, but also helps them to design the best route for the school bus journey. Also helps them to keep up a good co-ordination with transport managers. They are able to carry out multiple tasks with minimum distraction. Above all, it is a great solution to manage school bus in an effective and efficient way.

  • Planning School Bus Trip or Navigation

Drivers are able to plan each trip using driver console app. They can set route, and decide stops in a single trip in advance. Through the app, drivers are given details about each student picked from a particular stop. Based on the shortest trip shown in the app, driver can plan the routes.

  • Helps to Check Speed of the School Bus

Driver Console App helps the driver to check speed of the school bus in real-time. This app is useful to parents and school authorities also. As it can give alerts when the driver increase or decrease the speed of the school bus unnecessarily. Thus, they can keep a regular watch on school bus drivers. One would get a brief idea about the good and bad habits of school bus drivers. Hence, parents as well as school authorities will be able to recognize any kind of unsafe driving.

 

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  • Able to get Live Camera Feed

There are multiple cameras installed in the school bus, which gives a continuous live camera feed of students on-board. Drivers are able to view this feed on his console app with the Driver Console App. They are also able to check the school bus without leaving the driver's station. At the same time, it saves time, add convenience and safety.

  • Helps to Update School Bus Attendance

The app helps to update school bus attendance of each student in the bus. With this feature drivers are able to know which all students are missing from the school bus. The latest edition of console app enables to update attendance when the students board the bus. Also, it has details of students boarding from a particular stop. Bus attendance of each student is marked using Radio Frequency Identification.

 

Apart from these benefits, drivers can interact with the students through this app and thus give them provision to make important announcements. Drivers not only get help with navigation and marking attendance, but also helps to keep up proper discipline within the school bus. Transport managers are able to play audio on the bus to make announcements and play informational audio in the school bus. Introduction of driver console app is a boon to school transportation as it doubles the safety of students.

 

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