By now schools all over America have started back in session for a new year. My kids brought home their three week progress reports this week to mark the half way point for the first grading period. T has settled into her new classes nicely and Noah has become comfortable with kindergarten. I still walk him into his class each day, he hasn’t reached that comfort level yet. Thankfully I work from a home office and have the flexibility to take him each day.
This year we live close enough to T’s school that she can walk. It’s the first year she hasn’t rode a bus. I was taking her daily and now that the weather has been nicer she is actually enjoying the walk. I’m sure it’s because those are the few minutes each day she gets quiet time alone without her siblings and outside a busy and somewhat chaotic middle school. I bet it’s peaceful.
Gabby hasn’t started back in school yet. She has still been recovering from her surgery. We are keeping our fingers crossed the doctor releases her to return next week. She sure is missing school, her friends and her teachers. Gabby is the only one this year that will still ride a bus. All three kids will be in three different schools, should be fun to keep track of.
Some bus systems are now offering a ZPass tracking method. It’s pretty cool, honestly. The student tracking software allows the students to carry a card that is scanned each time they get on and off a bus. This is the perfect way to make sure your child gets on when they should and off at the correct stop. This would be great for parents that work outside of the home and worry about their child making it to school okay.
The school bus GPS tracking lets you check in where the bus is during their route. This is a great safety feature for unexpected vehicle maintenance needs, I’ve known plenty of buses that have broken down with people on them. Last year T was on a bus that had to pull over and switch the students onto another bus to finish the route home. It’s would also be nice to find out if your child is running late getting off the bus if you have a busy evening scheduled.
I hope one day they offer this in all school buses for all public schools. Nowadays we can never be too safe with our children. Right now I believe it’s only offered for public buses taking college age students back and forth.