GPS Plan Will Allow Parents to Track Suburban School Buses

The software is expected to be ready for the start of the next school year

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    Parents in a Chicago suburb may soon be able to track their children’s school buses.

    The school board at Palatine Township Elementary District 15 approved a $208,656, three-year contract with Synovia Solutions to install GPS technology onto the district’s fleet of buses, according to the Daily Herald.

    The system will reportedly monitor bus drivers for speeding, railroad crossing violations and other infractions such as excessive idling.

    Parents will be able to follow their children’s buses via a password-protected “parent portal,” the Daily Herald reported.

    Officials are also considering requiring students to scan ID cards when they board or exit a bus, but Indiana-based Synovia Solutions reportedly advised the district to wait six months before implementing the extra measure.

    The software is expected to be ready for the start of the next school year.

    The GPS technology is the latest school bus safety plan to hit Chicago area suburbs.

    In December, Prospect Heights city council approved a plan to install cameras in buses to nab drivers illegally passing stopped buses.