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School district uses GPS technology to try to avoid losing kids
DENVER, Colo. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - School districts around the country are using technology to make sure children don't get lost or left behind on their way to school.
About 25 million students across the country ride the bus to school every day, and sometimes things go wrong.
It has happened here in West Michigan: children can get left on an empty bus or get off at the wrong stop.
Now in Denver, when students get on the bus, they scan themselves in, and again when they get off.
That logs them in to a new GPS system so the schools can track the whereabouts of every child.
"Did my student make it on the bus? Are they at school? Has the bus arrived at the stop yet?," Kristi Armstrong with Denver Public Schools asked as example questions. "Schools can now answer that very accurately."
In districts that don't have GPS systems yet, some parents are using a smartphone app called Where's Our School Bus.
Parents post updates as the bus moves through its route so others farther down the line know exactly when to expect their kids.