SMART Tag – SMARTer and safer bus transportation
SMART Tag monitors student loading and unloading, providing real-time information to the Transportation Department, and you, the parent.
In just three easy steps, the SMART Tag electronic bus transportation system ensures that students get on the right bus and get off at the right stop.
1. Students eligible for transportation services will be issued a specialized student ID card equipped with the SMART tag barcode.
2. Your student’s ID card is required each time your child enters and exits the bus. (Only the student’s name and associated barcode will be printed on the ID badge.)
3. Students place student ID card on the tablet’s sensor when loading and unloading their bus.
SMART Tag Parent Portal
(Expected to be available November 2019)
- SMART Alerts – Sign up for SMART Alerts and receive emails or text messages when your child is approximately 10 – 15 minutes from their stop.
Make sure to register!
Go to Parent Portal and register to take advantage of the SMART tag parent features. If you are using a smartphone, you will be prompted to save the web app to your home screen. This will place the Parent App tile on your mobile device for easy access.
SMART Tag will help…
- Improve safety and automation of tasks, better enabling drivers to focus on the safe transport of students.
- Ensure riders will load on the right bus and unload at the right stop
- The SMART tag system wirelessly transmits information to our transportation department staff to include the location of each bus
- the names of the students on board each bus
- notification of an approaching bus
- and the ability to view a student’s ridership activity.
What is SMART tag?
SMART tag is a full-featured system designed to ensure authorized ridership resulting in increased safety and security of students who utilize school bus transportation. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology and cloud-connected tablet computers in each school bus provide accurate, near real-time information. Secured Mobility, LLC, a privately-held technology company located in Georgetown, TX, is the developer of SMART tag. Secured Mobility has more than a decade of experience in developing security software and hardware and deploying cloud-hosting infrastructure.
How does SMART tag benefit transportation departments and school administrators?
How does SMART tag benefit drivers?
How does SMART tag benefit parents?
What information will the bus driver be able to view when the student swipes his/her card?
Is student information stored on the ID card?
Are students required to use their student ID cards to ride the bus?
Will students be eligible to ride the bus if they lose or forget their student ID card?
What are the consequences for not having your card to tag in?
Elementary students who have received three manual loadings by the driver for not having their card over a period of 10 days shall be counseled by the driver. An e-mail may be sent to parents reminding them that it is required for their child to have their student ID card in order to board the bus. If the elementary student continues to not use their ID card, parents and the school will be notified by e-mail that they may lose their riding privileges for five days.
Middle and High School students who receive three manual loadings by the driver for not having their card over a period of 10 days shall be counseled by the driver. An e-mail may be sent to parents reminding them that it is required for their child to have their student ID card in order to board. If the student continues to not use the card, bus privileges may be suspended until they comply with the Smart Tag Program.
Who should be contacted if a student loses his/her badge?
Will students receive a SMART tag ID badge every year?
If my child currently does not ride the bus, can I register my child for transportation services at any time during the school year?
How will SMART tag determine the correct route/bus for students with multiple and/or alternating destinations?
Can students get off at another stop in an emergency situation?
Is there a SMART tag app available?
Are notifications through SMART tag available?
Yes, electronic notifications (text alerts) are available through SMART tag. The parent must be registered for the Parent Portal to receive a notification. There is no cost to parents to utilize the SMART tag Parent Portal.
Will parents receive a notification when their child gets on/off the bus?
The parent must be registered for the Parent Portal to receive an alert/notification. SMART tag will deliver an electronic notification (text) approximately 10-15 minutes prior to pick-up and drop-off.
Can a parent see when his/her child gets on/off the bus?
Is the information regarding a student’s bus location in real time or is it delayed?
How do I link my students together on the SMART Tag Parent Portal?
For safety reasons, parents are unable to link their students together. Please email Carla Polansky with the following information and request that your students be linked together: Parent Name; Parent Email (associated with the parent portal); and each Student’s Name, Grade, Student ID#, and Date of Birth.