|in California they have introduced a new app that will allow parents and guardians to keep track of all school buses with their children in them in real-time/ Photo By Olesia Bilkei via 123RF|
On-campus shooting incidents in the US have taken the lives of students and teachers and caused serious injuries to others as well as trauma that lives on to this very day. People blamed the proliferation of guns, and how easy it is to get them, for the tragedies, while others pointed to the mental state of the gunmen as the real culprit.
As a result, school authorities and governments have taken different measures to make sure that there won’t be a next one or a different situation that can also put the lives of young people in danger. Some are extreme while others can be as simple as a monitoring system. To the second group belongs the initiative of the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District located in Bakersfield, California where they have introduced a new app that will allow parents and guardians to keep track of all school buses with their children in them in real-time, as reported in a post on campuslifesecurity.com.
The app is called the Traversa Ride 360 and it pairs with the Tyler Drive, a kind of equipment that was installed on all of the buses owned by the district. One of the app’s features is a GPS, allowing every bus to be tracked, as well as providing a map system that gives drivers directions just like Waze so they won’t have to fumble with a paper map anymore. It also provides a list of student names and addresses to help the bus drivers have a better idea of who their passengers are.
The security system can also be used to alert bus drivers in the district to situations and emergencies that may affect their trip. It also provides the bus drivers to communicate with each other driver, which will come in handy during unforeseen events such as a bus stalling since the driver can call another bus driver to come and pick up the affected students.
Marc Rosander, the district transportation director, stated, “We want to provide the safest, most efficient, and positive transportation experience for all of our students. With this system, kids can get on the buses sooner and not have to wait so long outside. If we need to locate a student, we have an easy way to get that information.”