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Superior School District Testing GPS Technology on Buses

Taylor Holt
Updated: April 10, 2019 06:28 PM

Superior School District staff and parents may soon have an easier way to keep track of students who ride the bus, through GPS technology. 

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The District is currently testing the technology called EDULOG, on three buses.

"Currently, there was no GPS technology being implemented at all," said Transportation Director, David See. "It gives you the ability to see where your bus is, and where your child is at all times, instead of frantically calling the District and saying, 'hey, where's my child." It's just at the tip of their fingers." 

See says this past Winter prompted the testing.

"This past Winter being so snowy and cold, we needed to find ways to better serve the students and parents," said See. 

With that being said, he says there are many situations where this technology would prove useful.

"Tomorrow could be an example of it, depending on how the weather breaks. We are going to have buses out, if we're running that are going to be in rural areas so a bus could break down, or a bus could go in a ditch or something like that, and now, we know instantly the bus is on this road," said See.

About 2,000 students are eligible to ride the bus in the District. On any given day, about 1,500 do.

"It's had its ups and downs. The biggest issue is making sure when the roll out goes to the app to the parents, that it is working correctly as it should," See added.

Right now, it's just staff that have access to the app, but when they roll it out, they plan to get parents involved too.

"It's a lot of calls we get in the morning and even ing, and it can be the smallest thing. It can be a train that is delayed and you are ten minutes, and if you have a kindergartner that is ten minutes late, that is alarming sometimes," said See. "This technology is a step in the right direction."

When it is rolled, the technology will be on each bus in District. The trial period goes through end of the month.

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