Here Comes the Bus App Now Available to WCPSS Families
If you’ve ever dreaded waiting at the bus stop in the rain or cold with your child, worried that he or she missed the bus or wondered why the bus is late, a new app may be the solution you’re looking for. This school year, Wake County Public School System began using an app that Durham Public Schools is already using: Here Comes the Bus, a free phone app and website that tracks your child’s bus using GPS technology. Depending on how your notifications are set, you can receive an email and push notification to let you know that your child’s bus has entered a certain radius of his or her assigned bus stop.
The app shows the real-time location of your child’s bus on a map; provides scheduled and actual arrival times at home and school for morning, midday and afternoon routes; issues alerts when a bus has been substituted; and allows users to manage multiple children on different buses easily, too.
Here Comes the Bus is a convenience for parents but it also helps school transportation departments by reducing the number of phone calls employees receive from panicked or frustrated parents wondering where their child’s bus is. Parents needn’t worry about security either — users must obtain a private ID number, which grants access to their child’s bus only, and accounts are encrypted and password-protected.
To sign up for Here Comes the Bus, WCPSS families should visit wcpss.net/herecomesthebus. DPS families can visit dpsnc.net and click on the transportation section. You’ll find codes and other information you need to participate.