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App lets Lee County parents track their kid's school bus

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Posted at 9:22 AM, Aug 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-15 13:47:43-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- A reminder to parents in Lee County that you have a tool to help track your kids' school bus.

The School District of Lee County announced last year that the "WheresTheBus" App was made available to all students and parents beginning in the 2018-2019 school year. The app allows users to track a specific bus to their stop in the morning and on the way home in the afternoon.

Schools also use the app to track buses to the ramp in the morning and prepare for any last minute arrivals. In the afternoons, school staff can tell when all the buses are at the ramp and ready for loading without having to go outside and then follow them as they deliver students back home.

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The app's security features only allow parents and guardians to track their students’ bus.

WheresTheBus was initially tested in a pilot program at Heights Elementary . The school district says parents gave it rave reviews and school staff found it extremely helpful. The success convinced the District to spend just $35,000 a year make the app available to all students and parents.