Ahead of a California requirement for the coming school year that all school buses be equipped with approved child safety alert systems that prompt drivers to check for students at the end of routes, Zonar Systems and Child Check-Mate System finalized an agreement to bring solutions to market.
Ask a group of student transportation drivers this question: "How many of you drive students with special needs?" You'll see a few hands go up from people who are thinking specifically of their assignment on a vehicle with a wheelchair lift, special restraints, or similar equipment. But then ask the same group, "How many of you drive a student with autism? With peanut allergies? A student who's experiencing homelessness? A student in a difficult custody situation with pickup restrictions?" Eventually almost every hand will be in the air. When you dig into it, most of the students being transported to school every day have a unique need that the district and drivers must be aware of at all times.
March 2, 2012 quickly became a more hectic day than usual for Henryville, Indiana school bus driver Angel Perry. Two super-cells, thunderstorms with rotation and a prolonged updraft, bore down on the town located 20 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky. One of the storms had a history of tornados.
After implementing the Zonar Systems Z Pass solution for student ridership tracking, Vineland Public Schools in New Jersey was challenged with creating “one card” that would work with its new GPS bus tracking solution and existing library and food service applications.
An Oklahoma school bus driver handled the situation well when a fifth-grade boy became angry and attacked him on the bus.