At the beginning of the 2019-20 school year, District 196 parents whose children ride the bus to and from school each day will be able to track the location of their child’s bus using the smartphone application "Here Comes the Bus."
With Here Comes The Bus, parents are able to set up a perimeter around their child’s bus stop. When their child’s bus enters that perimeter, the app sends an alert. Here Comes The Bus also sends notification messages if a bus is running late or if a different bus has been substituted for a child’s usual bus.
The app uses HTTPS, or Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure, which encrypts all communication between the web browser and the app for security. The app tracks district buses using GPS; it does not track students.