PEORIA, Ill — Christmas break is finally over for thousands of central Illinois students. Wednesday morning, more than 9,000 District 150 students will brave the weather to catch the bus. For more than 12 hours Tuersday, dozens of employees worked to re-start the district’s 154 buses after days of sitting idle in the Polar Vortex. Now that the buses start, the issue will be getting them around to pick up students Wednesday morning. “The buses should be fine out there,” said Anthony Mendoza, director of transportation for the district. “It’s a little snow packed and iced in spots but we’ll have supervisors on the road if there are any issues. ” And there will be dispatchers watching each bus carefully. “We can actually go online and see exactly where that bus is,” said Mendoza. “We know what path it took so we can tell the parent it’s not at your house yet, it is down the street. It’s about 5, 10 minutes away.” Now parents can receive that information directly through the district’s new Bus Bulletin program. “Our dispatchers actually go into the system and send out an alert, said Mendoza. “It is pretty quick and easy. It is pretty much up to date, the parent can get a phone call, text message or email or combo of the three. Beyond technology, district officials say proactive parents can make all the difference in this weather. “Make sure there is a path cleared, a safe place for them to be off … Read More
District 150’s director of transportation, Anthony Mendoza said the bus lost air pressure, activating the emergency brakes. A technician was sent out to release the brakes and the bus rolled back into the snow on the side of the road. No kids were on the bus and Mendoza said no one was hurt. That’s just one example of how the cold and snow can impact travel plans. The district now has some help to keep track of its more 150 buses. It’s still in the process of installing GPS trackers on every bus. Since the start of the school year parents have been able to sign up for a new bulletin system. People can still sign up to receive texts, emails or phone calls to hear about delays and accidents. “Very helpful in the cold weather. It’s been very helpful being able to contact the parents right away and let them know their bus is late so the kids don’t have to wait at the bus stop when it’s so cold out,” Mendoza said. Parents and students can sign up on the District 150 website.
Bus Bulletin has expanded its pilot program to include an option to notify School Administrators of delays, accidents and schedule changes that affect buses transporting students to or from their school. This pilot program is sure to be an instant times saver for the district transportation department. Bus Bulletin enables the transportation department to send a notification in less than ten seconds that is received by up to eight school contacts. This saves considerable time looking up phone numbers and calling school administrators. School administrators value Bus Bulletin notifications for a variety of reasons. In the mornings, the notifications allow them to know which buses will be arriving late; this saves time spent revising attendance. In the afternoons, the notifications help ensure that students are guided to substitute buses, or informed of buses that are running late. Since parents often call the schools asking about buses, it also allows them to quickly answer questions without needing to call the transportation department. Included in this pilot program is the ability to designate a district-wide Accident Notification Team. The Accident Notification team receives immediate notifications whenever an accident or emergency occurs. The team can consist of the district superintendent and other key personnel, including board members. Accident notifications are valuable to district personnel because they are equipped to provide knowledgeable answers to questions from news media and parents. Depending on how well this pilot program is received – Bus Bulletin will begin to allow districts to purchase an annual subscription just for … Read More
Hello, this is Bus Bulletin. This article (http://www.newsherald.com/news/government/school-buses-go-high-tech-1.186477?page=0) was written without our knowledge and is not entirely correct. The GPS and cameras have nothing to do with Bus Bulletin. Bus Bulletin is a service the school district has been using for three years now. We simply send short text messages, phone calls, and/or emails to parents/students/school officials when a bus is running late, been in an accident, etc… It’s free for parents to sign up and they decide how they want to be notified. We believe that most parents would want to receive a single text when something goes wrong as opposed to numerous texts when things go as planned (such as getting on and off the bus with a RFID chip). Again, we do not track, we do not watch, we simply notify you when the bus is running late or in a accident. We are a local company but do business in several other states also. All data is protected and private. Thank you. P.S. The bus route data for Bay County District Schools will available later today or tomorrow. We will send out a tweet, a Facebook post, and email those already signed up when it’s ready so that you can select your routes.
Important note for all parents and guardians of students riding buses to schools in the Walton County School district. Please select new bus routes for your children. Each school year bus routes change. The routes that you selected for the last school year are no longer accurate; so we have removed those routes and need you to select new routes for this school year. To add new bus routes, sign in to Bus Bulletin and select the “Add Bus Route” button under “Step 2: My Bus Routes”. If you have forgotten your password, select the “Forgot Your Password” link on the Sign In page. If you are unsure which bus your child rides, the transportation department has a link on their website that allows you to locate the bus using your address. You may go directly to the link here: http://www.transfinderi.com?cid=WCS2FFW5Q8X5 Note for parents of students who attend one of the charter schools: If your child rides a bus to another school and then catches a shuttle to the charter school; you will need to select a route for each bus that the child rides to and from school. If you have any questions about bus numbers, routes or times; please contact the Walton County Schools transportation department at (850) 892-1100 Ext. 1642. Thank you for using Bus Bulletin and have a safe school year.
Bus Bulletin was featured on WMBB News 13 (full story here)… “A pilot project called “Bus Bulletin” that started last school year will continue in the new year. Bay county is the only school system in the state of Florida using this service. Ken Phillips says, “it will text message, email you or send you a voice message anytime something is going on with one of our buses.” And that includes bus delays and other issues that come up. To sign up for Bus Bulletin: http://www.busbulletin.com/ Bay District School Transportation Office Main Number: 767-4495 http://www.floridaschoolbussafety.gov/