About 25 million students ride school buses every day. Every so often, something goes wrong: children are occasionally left behind or get lost on the wrong bus route. Now schools are using technology to bring parents some peace of mind. Schools in Denver are rolling out school bus GPS.
When students ride the school bus in Denver, they are scanned on and then off. That logs them into a new GPS system so the schools can track the whereabouts of every child, which is always on parents' minds.
"Did my student make it on the bus? Are they at school? Has the bus arrived at the stop yet? Schools can now answer that very accurately," said Kristy Armstrong.
By the end of the year, parents will be able to access the system from home.
So far the program is getting rave reviews. So much so that calls are coming in from around the country about how to implement it.
Similar systems are already popping up across the nation. Two California districts are launching GPS programs, and Boston’s is already up and running allowing parents to track their children online.
In districts without GPS, families are taking matters into their own hands. Betty and Norman Tsang created a free phone app for Westport, Connecticut, called "Where's Our School Bus." Parents post updates as the bus moves through the route, so those down the line know exactly when to expect their kids. About 20 other towns have already adopted the app.
"Any tools that we can provide to parents to help them understand where their kids are, to provide better child safety, is great for the community," said Norman Tsang.
Kanesha McBath of Denver agrees. Her daughter once got on the wrong bus.
At least in Denver, that's not likely to happen again.