Bus Bulletin for ESE / Special Needs Students

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Bus Bulletin has recently decided to allow district transportation departments to use its notification system for ESE and Special Needs students only.

Special Needs students and their parents are more likely to experience inconveniences than other students when a school bus is late or has encountered a schedule change. Using Bus Bulletin notification system can reduce those inconveniences and eliminate frustration by informing students, parents, and school administrators when their bus is experiencing a delay or a schedule change.

We recognize that district transportation departments expend considerable effort to safely and conveniently transport Special Needs students and to accommodate their parents. This decision allows districts to provide more services with less effort by using Bus Bulletin notification system to quickly notify Special Needs students and their parents.

Bus Bulletin Welcomes New Districts for 2013 School Year

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Bus Bulletin is pleased to announce that the following school districts will begin using Bus Bulletin for the 2013 – 2014 school year…

  1. Jackson County Schools (Marianna, FL)
  2. Hernando County Schools (Brooksville, FL) – Special Needs Students and Pilot Program

We want to thank these school districts for trusting us to provide important transportation notifications to their parents, students, school administrators, and district personnel.

Bay County School District 2013 Bus Routes Now Available

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Important note for all parents and guardians of students riding buses to schools in the Bay 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.  The “Forgot Your Password” process will send you an e-mail.  If you do not receive it within 60 seconds then please check your spam/junk folder.  Add support@busbulletin.com to your address book and/or safe sender list to ensure you receive e-mails from us.

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://busroute.bayschools.net/edulog/webquery/ (their site has been offline for updates, if it’s still down try back at a later time).

If you have any questions about bus numbers, routes or times; please contact the Bay County Schools transportation department at (850) 767-4482.

Thank you for using Bus Bulletin and have a safe school year.

Clarification About News Herald Article

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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.

Walton County School District 2013 Bus Routes Now Available

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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.

New Feature: Accident Reports

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Bus Bulletin is pleased to announce the addition of the Accident Report. The Accident Report is used to store accident details and images. There are tabs for accident details, student names, and for attaching images and any other supporting documents. In the very near future, you will be able to e-mail the Accident Report or generate a PDF document for printing (or e-mail).

We would like to thank Mr. Trevis Sallis and Mr. David Lengyel of Omaha Public Schools for suggesting this functionality.

If your district has a paper document that you would like for us to digitize and store in Bus Bulletin, please let us know.

We have recently added a Help menu which will contain video tutorials for our different modules. There are two videos that discuss the Accident Report screen. To watch the video tutorial for the new Accident Report, sign in to Bus Bulletin and click the new “Help” menu option. They can be viewed on our YouTube channel as well: http://www.youtube.com/busbulletin

If you need a help video for any other screen or functionality, please let us know and we will work to provide one for you.

Thank you for choosing and trusting Bus Bulletin.

Bus Bulletin Welcomes New Districts for 2013 School Year

Gordon FrobeniusWelcome New Districts

Bus Bulletin is pleased to announce that the following school districts will begin using Bus Bulletin for the 2013 – 2014 school year…

  1. Omaha Public Schools * (Nebraska)
  2. Denver Public Schools * (Colorado)
  3. Peoria Public Schools * (Illinois)
  4. Marietta City Schools (Georgia)

We want to thank these school districts for trusting us to provide important transportation notifications to their parents, students, school administrators, and district personnel.  We look forward to providing you with the same first-class service that we have been providing to our other districts.

* After successful pilot programs

Jim Hicks, Transportation Coordinator, Walton County Florida School District

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With budget constraints throughout our District, Bus Bulletin gives us a great communication tool without additional personnel – at a fair cost …

Bus Bulletin has improved our parent communication tremendously – without an increase in our workload …

Finally, a software program that truly works for you, it’s nice to call and speak with a real person and know that our issue will be resolved immediately.

A.M., Bay County District Schools Parent

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I received my first Bus Bulletin notifcation today letting me know the bus would be up to 15 minutes late.  It was so nice to get the notification and be able to tell the kids and other parents at the bus stop that it would be coming late.  All of us were understanding today instead of irritated that it was running so late.  Thank you for providing this service!

Bus Bulletin on WMBB News 13

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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/