Manatee County Schools will Test New Bus Technology


The Manatee County school district is testing out some new technology for its buses!

BRADENTON, Fla. — The Manatee County school district is testing out some new technology for its buses!

  • Manatee County schools test bus ID cards with scanners 
  • ID cards will be linked to an app for parents to track students 
  • Scanners will start with 50 buses in August, then expand in January 

It may be the middle of summer but here in the Manatee County schools bus shop, it’s all work.

That’s because some big changes are coming to school buses this year.

Now, Manatee County students will be getting new ID cards and when they get on and off the school bus, they’ll have to scan it.

Why? The district says they want to add another layer of security, and make it so they have a database of who is on what bus and at what time.

The cards will be linked to an app that parents have so they can almost keep tabs on their student real time.

The district is expecting a few kinks as they roll this new technology out, like delays in bus routes.

“There’s always going to be that learning curve, that learning process. So there is going to be a delay in the beginning. And in our elementary, I don’t think we’re giving them enough credit. Even the kindergarteners, they’re smart. They’re probably do a better job than high school kids in my opinion, because they know how to follow the rules, and they just scan on and off,” Assistant Director of Transportation, Won Oh said.

This August the scanners will start in about fifty buses, with one elementary, one middle, and one high school.

Then come January is when the entire school district will join in.


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