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Broken Arrow School District using app to track school buses

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Posted at 9:15 AM, Aug 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-21 10:15:38-04

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — It's the first day of school for Broken Arrow students and the district is using technology to make it easier on families waiting for the school bus.

This is the first time the district will use the app all year round and it's as simple as logging in and finding your bus route.

The Broken Arrow School District transports nearly 10,000 students a day.

The app called "Versatrans My Stop" keeps track of each school bus, alerting parents and students if a bus is running ahead of schedule or running a few minutes behind.

This will help especially during hot or cold seasons, so students won't have to wait outside in extreme temperatures.

School officials said the app not only informs parents of a child's location, but also helps with accountability.

"You can look at go the bus dropped them off at 4:05 and so our world is so high-tech and people have ring doorbells and cameras and stuff and so they can say 'Hey, the bus got dropped off, you haven't checked in, where are you?' and then go from there," said Charlie Hannema with Broken Arrow Public Schools.

The app also includes a feature that lets school principals know if a bus is running late, so they can notify teachers.

District officials said parents should expect buses will run a little behind for the first two weeks as kids get used to the routine.

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