School Transportation News and Tips for a Smooth Start

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Traditional-schedule schools starting Monday, Aug. 28. Get the scoop on bus routes and more with these back-to-school links.

Monday, Aug. 28, marks the first day of school for most traditional-calendar public schools across the Triangle — and several local school systems are rolling out a new transportation app to help parents and caregivers track their students’ bus rides to and from school.

Both Wake County Public School System and Durham Public Schools are making use of the app, called “Here Comes The Bus,” as the school year gets underway.

Families can create a free account online and use the app to track their child’s bus from a computer, smartphone or tablet. Using GPS technology, "Here Comes the Bus" lets parents see where the bus is and confirms when the bus has arrived at the bus stop and at the school. Users can also sign up to receive a text message or email when the bus is within a certain radius of the bus stop, meaning there’s no more rushing to get out of the house only to see the bus pulling away.

Learn more about the app at and at the system links, below.

No matter what school system your child attends, you can get up-to-date information about bus routes, rider rules and policies, safe boarding practices and more on the transportation pages of each school system:

Wake County Public School System

Durham Public Schools

Orange County Schools

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

Need a refresher on safe bus stop and crossing behaviors? Worried about how to keep your carpool on track? Peruse these stories from Carolina Parent's archives:

School Bus Safety

Tips for School Bus Riders

Steer Clear of Carpool Obstacles

And have a great first day!

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