“Is the bus on time?” “Did we miss the bus?” “How much time do we have left to make it to the bus stop in time?” “Oh, it’s raining, cold, and dark. I don’t want my kids to wait at the bus stop any longer than necessary.”
Parents often have these thoughts as they are getting their kids ready for school. Mornings can be a stressful time, but the Cobb County School District is taking one worry away from parents. On March 4, the Cobb Schools Transportation Department debuted the new “Here Comes the Bus” app so parents can track their child’s bus in real-time on a map. The Cobb Schools Transportation Department transports more than 70,000 students via about 1,000 school buses every day. Now every parent will know exactly where the specific bus carrying their child is at on the route to and from school.
In addition to giving scheduled and actual arrival times for home and school, the app will also provide push and email notifications when the bus is near. So, thanks to the bus app, Cobb parents will know when the bus enters their neighborhood.
“We are proud to be able to offer this new service to Cobb parents,” said Superintendent Chris Ragsdale. “The ‘Here Comes the Bus’ app not only ensures that our students know when to arrive at the bus stop, so they are on time to school, but the app also helps keep our students safe. Parents will know exactly when their child steps off the bus in the afternoon. The app connects our parents to protect our students.”
To ease stress in the mornings and afternoons, download the bus app in the Apple App Store, get it on Google Play or visit herecomesthebus.com.
This article originally appeared in our April issue of EAST COBBER, on page 9. Click here to view the digital edition.