K-12 Transportation and COVID-19: Adapting with Technology and Keeping Parents Informed

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Social distancing at the school bus stop and on the bus. Realistic? Computer routing has long been a mainstay of pupil transportation departments – especially those interested in maximizing efficiency. In this session we will discuss making the most of efficiency in light of new requirements. Using a computer system to plan transportation is key, but this is no longer enough. Today’s parents expect to receive communication on their mobile devices. Today’s transportation director needs historical and real-time information on school bus locations through GPS technology. And today’s school safety priorities point to the need to know who is on each bus at any given time. Discussion will focus on how to successfully implement data-driven technology and how to be ready to react when the next crisis hits. This session was originally recorded for the 2020 Envision virtual conference.   

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Describe the latest technologies available to pupil transportation departments.

Objective 2: Outline the team approach necessary to implementing technology.

Objective 3: Describe the costs and benefits of various technologies and assess the "bang for the buck."


Derek Graham, Industry Consultant, Education Logistics, Cary, NC

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SFO Domain(s):

Management of Information Systems


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