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Here Comes the Bus

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.

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Setting up the app

The Here Comes The Bus app is available to download free on the Google Play Store for Android and App Store for iPhone.

To set up an account, parents will need a school identification number and their child’s lunch account number. Parents will be able to monitor buses for multiple children from a single account. Schools will share setup instructions and school identification numbers with parents. If you did not receive it, ask your child's school.

  • Log into the app with your email address and use the District 196 ID: 73500
  • Add your student’s name and student lunch account number, which can be found in their Infinite Campus profile. (If your child is in Early Childhood Education, contact the Transportation to get a temporary lunch account number. Email Transportation@district196.org.)
  • Once login is complete, set up a virtual radius that will alert when the bus is in the area.

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