Parents in New York City will be getting some additional assist in realizing the whereabouts of their youngsters as they head again to school.
All buses for public faculties could have GPS tracking by the primary day of class.
The metropolis has teamed up with Via to set up the gear and create an app for real-time tracking of the practically 10,000 school buses.
Last year, mother and father complained a couple of lack of GPS tracking when buses obtained diverted or delayed, and there have been horror tales about children caught on buses for hours or dropped off at incorrect areas.
“Through our partnership with Via, we’ll quickly have a state-of-the-art app for households to monitor buses and get real-time automated updates,” mentioned Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza. “We are grateful for the City Council’s advocacy, management and partnership. Safe and dependable transportation is vital for all households, and we’re dedicated to getting it proper this year.”
Parents and college students could have the capability to monitor, in real-time, the whereabouts of buses and obtain communications within the occasion of service modifications.
For the primary few weeks of school final year, tens of hundreds of mother and father in Queens could not discover their children or their school buses.
“Not knowing where my kid was, and we have a dog. So we have this GPS tracker meant for our dog,” mentioned one of the mother and father, Andy Chung, who put the GPS tracker in his kid’s guide bag after the kindergartener’s school bus stored dropping him off on the flawed cease.