New app allows parents to track students' school bus

- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools have launched phase one of  'Here Comes the Bus,' a mobile app and website that allows CMS families to track bus locations and to receive alerts to help them get to the bus stop on time, using their smartphones, tablets or personal computers. 

'Here Comes the Bus' uses GPS data to locate buses as they are on their routes and allows parents to see how close the bus is to a stop.

Parents can set up a radius around their home or an alternate stop location to alert them when the bus is approaching. Parents can also locate the buses of multiple students using the same account.

“'Here Comes the Bus' is a valuable tool that can help parents and students manage their time. However, students should still always be present at their assigned bus stop according to their existing schedule,” said Janet Thomas, CMS executive director of transportation.

To sign up for the service, parents will need the CMS district code of 73877 and their student’s unique identification number, which can be obtained from their school.

'Here Comes the Bus' is available for free to CMS families online, or in the Apple and Google Play stores.

Phase two of 'Here Comes the Bus' will be available for middle and high school students on Wednesday.

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