SMARTer and Safer
The SMART tag system records when students load and unload the bus, providing real-time information to the District transportation department, and you, the parent. We use SMART tag bus passes to ensure bus riders get on and off at their correct stops, as well as provide parents and guardians a way to confidently track their students progress on their way to and from school.
HOW IT WORKS
STEP 1 – ID CARD: Each successfully registered student will be issued a SMART tag bus pass card, similar to the one below, equipped with an RFID chip.
STEP 2 – SCAN CARD: Students will scan this card on a tablet card reader when they get on the bus and when they get off. SMART tag will authorize the student, or alert the driver through the onboard tablet computer if:
- A student attempts to get on a bus that does not go to their school
- A student attempts to get off at a stop that is not their assigned stop
- The SMART tag Parent Portal will allow parents to view their children’s riding activity, current riding status (on bus, dropped off, or has not ridden), manage text notifications, and more.
STEP 3 – STUDENT TRACKING. The SMART tag system wirelessly transmits information to our transportation department staff to include the location of each bus, the names of the students on board each bus, notification of an approaching bus, and the ability to view a student’s ridership activity.
STEP 4 – PARENT PORTAL ( SMART Tag Parent Portal) The SMART tag system also offers parents a bus tracking feature through a secure Parent Portal. Parents can register to receive ‘SMART Alert’ text messages notifying them their child is 10-15 minutes from his/her bus stop. The 'SMART Alert' will also notify parents in the event of a bus delay or interruption in service due to a mechanical issue, traffic, inclement weather or crash. The portal may be accessed from any device with a web browser.
You only need to register ONE child. If you have multiple children, the system will attempt to add them to your account. To register and create your account, you will need:
- The school your child attends
- Your child's student ID #
- Your child's date of birth
BUS PASS ID CARDS
SMART tag bus passes are required to ride the bus. All MLSD students that wish to ride the bus will be required to produce their bus pass each time they ride their assigned school bus. The first card will be issued for free. Lanyards and card cases will be supplied with the first ID issued to your student. Bus passes are the property of Moses Lake School District and to be used for school district purposes only.
PLEASE DO NOT PUNCTURE! Purposefully damaging the pass card by punching holes, chewing or defacing the card in any way and may result in disciplinary actions, in addition to the purchase of a replacement pass. All costs associated with replacing a pass are the sole responsibility of the student and parent or legal guardian.
If your child has lost their ID/pass please contact their school.
How does SMART tag benefit transportation departments, drivers, and school administrators?
Are students required to use their SMART tag to ride the bus?
Will students be eligible to ride the bus if they lose or forget their SMART tag ID Card? What are the consequences of not having your card to tag in?
If a student does not have their smart tag at the bus, the driver must personally log them in. This is more time consuming than students tagging in, and can delay a route causing anxiety or late buses down the line. This is the reason why those not having their tags are loaded and unloaded last. Manually logging in is time consuming and the compliant students should not be held up.
Can students be tracked anywhere else from their SMART tag ID badge?
What information will the bus driver be able to view when the student swipes his/her card?
Can I track my child?
Parents can also view a student’s ridership activity for the entire school year.
Please note, parents must be registered to use the Parent Portal to view bus activity.
Are notifications through SMART tag available?
Will I receive an alert regarding inclement weather, bus accidents other emergency notification through the SMART tag system?