App lets parents keep tabs on Newport News school buses

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Officials with Newport News Public Schools (NNPS) say city school buses are equipped with GPS, and now students and parents can take advantage of that technology.

Tired of your child missing his or her ride to school? Now, there’s an app for that. It’s called “Here Comes the Bus,” and it’s already being tested at five schools: Woodside High School, Booker T. Washington Middle School, Hilton Elementary, Watkins Early Childhood Center and Denbigh Early Childhood Center.

The developer of the app, Synovia Solutions, says parents can use the app to get the real-time location of their child’s school bus on a smartphone, tablet or computer. So, before or after school, you can know if your child’s bus is where it’s supposed to be, and you’ll know when it’s running late. You can even get notification when the bus is getting close to it’s destination.

If you have children that ride separate buses, the app developers thought of that too, allowing you to keep tabs on each one.

NNPS officials say the app will increase safety and help the school district save money. Right now, during the trial phase, the website and app are free. When the testing phase ends July 16, there will be a fee.

Parents, if you have questions about the app, you’re going to want to contact Newport News Public Schools Transportation at hctb@nn.k12.va.us. To sign up, go to https://herecomesthebus.com. The Account Number is 74046, and you’ll need to have the private student ID number for your child.

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