Parents of schoolchildren in South Carolina will soon be able to get notifications when their children get on and off the school bus and where.
South Carolina’s Department of Education, Office of Transportation, announced Wednesday it has approved technology from StudentConnect to implement on the state-owned school buses.
The technology allows transportation managers better administration of students riding on the school buses.
Instant notifications are sent to transportation officials and parents when students get on or off a school bus. Alerts are provided if a child gets on or off at the wrong location or fail to get on or off the bus.
Other features include automated bus arrival notifications to parents, transportation absence requests, automatic bus transfer and transit point bus rider management.
“We are excited about this approval and opportunity. Our technology simply provides information to schools and parents that may be critical to a child’s safety,” said Kayode Aladesuyi, CEO, East Coast Diversified Corp, the company that owns StudentConnect.
StudentConnect executed a 5-year contract with the first school district in South Carolina this month. The system is offered to schools and parents at no cost and therefore presents no financial burden to taxpayers nor has any impact on the school’s budget. South Carolina is one of few states in which the state owns the school buses, instead of individual school districts.