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Austin ISD Launches Bus Tracking App

The WheresTheBus app lets parents know exactly where their children are when they ride the school bus home.

Source: AISD.

Starting this school year, parents of students in the Austin Independent School District (AISD) will be able to track their children when they ride the bus home.

AISD is deploying the WheresTheBus app to track more than 500 buses that carry close to 23,000 students on 390 bus routes each day. The app uses GPS data to estimate arrival times, allowing parents to plan accordingly. Additionally, the app lightens the workload for bus dispatchers who often field phone calls from parents when buses are behind schedule.

For safety reasons, the app only allows users that have a Parent Cloud account from the AISD Department of Information Systems & Technology.

WheresTheBus is available for iPhone and Android now, but is not live until Monday when AISD schools start. More information about the WheresTheBus app is available on the AISD site.

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