Richmond County Schools release new school bus tracking app

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018
(News 12 at 6 O’Clock / NBC 26 at 7)

RICHMOND COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – The 2018-2019 school year will be a year of new things for the Richmond County School System.

For starters, there’s going to be a brand new campus on Jimmy Dyess Parkway. Plus, new school zones have popped up all over the county

For a lot of parents and kids, that means new bus routes.

"We try to keep [bus rides] under 45 minutes. Most of our routes are much, much quicker than that,” said RCSS spokesman, Kaden Jacobs. “But as you get into some of the more rural areas of the county, it does take a little bit longer.”

That 45 minutes can be nerve-racking for parents, especially with all the changes this year. That's why the school system is rolling out a new app for parents and students to learn more about their routes.

"They'll be able to see when the bus is coming to their stop, and track their child on that app."

That app is called “SafeStop”.

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, drivers are doing dry runs and making adjustments to be sure they're ready to go for the big day.

"They want to make sure they’re efficient as possible," Jacobs explained.

To use “SafeStop”, download it from the app store on your phone then create your account. Once you’re on the app, you’ll just have to enter your address and bus route and track the bus.

"They'll be able to input their bus route and their address, and it'll tell them whether their bus is on time, or delayed."

The school system is hoping the app helps cut down just a little bit on first-day confusion. Officials are also suggesting to get your child to their stop at least 10 minutes before the bus supposed to arrive.