Verona Area School District launches new bus-tracking app for parents

Verona Area School District launches new bus-tracking app for parents

Parents in the Verona Area School District can track their child’s bus is in real time thanks to a new smartphone app.

The SafeStop app, which can be downloaded for free, will show parents where exactly their child’s bus is and how soon it will arrive at their stop.

Administrators said construction on Verona Road, morning traffic and slippery driving conditions can all be contributing factors to bus delays. They hope the app will help in those situations by giving parents the latest updates.

Verona Area School District Superintendent Dean Gorrell said the app will also be useful in the winter when students have to brave cold temperatures for several minutes at the bus stop.

“We don’t want kids standing out waiting for their buses any longer than they need to. So in those instances it will be crucial cause they’ll have real time on where their buses are at,” Gorrell said.

District officials said the app cannot be downloaded by anyone for security purposes. Parents will need to enter their child’s student ID, home address and school to be able to track buses.

The district spent about $5,000 to launch the app.

More than 300 Verona-area families downloaded the SafeStop so far. Parents will be able to test out the app on the first day of school on Friday.