"All they have to do is take that card and touch the gray box, then keep on walking. The time should be minimal. When they touch that it will send a text message to the parent saying their child has gotten on the bus." -Chris Rippy, Logan County Schools Transportation Supervisor
RUSSELLVILLE, Ky. (WBKO) -- The bus ride to and from school is filled with plenty of uncertainty for parents. The Logan County School system is preparing to install new technology known as Student Connect and it could change that dynamic quite a bit.
One of the biggest concerns for parents regarding their child's bus ride is communication. With the new system, each time their child gets on or off the bus, they'll receive a text message.
"They'll be given a card and every bus has got a gray box on it. When they step on the bus, all they have to do is take that card and touch the gray box, then keep on walking. The time should be minimal. When they touch that it will send a text message to the parent saying their child has gotten on the bus," said Logan County Schools Transportation Supervisor, Chris Rippy.
That's a total of up to 4 text messages a day. To some that may seem like a lot, but the program is voluntary and messages will only be sent privately to individual families.
"We only provide the information to parents, not to other people. It's another measure of safety, we hope, for our students," commented Superintendent Marshall Kemp.
Another plus to the program is that it doesn't cost the taxpayer. Student Connect, the company that provides the service, works with local businesses to bring the program through advertising. In return, area shops have a new way of reaching potential customers.
"Every time a parent gets a text message, at the bottom of that message, there will be an advertisement. That's how it's paid for. That's how it's taken care of." added Rippy.
The school system said it hopes to have everything up and running with the program starting in the next few weeks.