In January of 2013, in an effort to further enhance student safety, the St. Vrain Valley School District Board of Education approved the purchase of a GPS hardware/software package from Zonar Systems to be installed and utilized on all District school buses. This technology is currently utilized by many
districts in Colorado. This technology was piloted at two of the schools in the Mead attendance area during the last month of this past school year. The pilot provided Transportation and District staff with up-to-the-minute information regarding the whereabouts of students while riding on District school buses.
Prior to the start of the 2013-14 school year, all eligible transported students will be issued an individual bus pass card through their school. As the student enters or leaves the bus, he/she will pass his/her assigned bus pass card in front of a reader allowing the current time, date, and geographic location to be recorded into a secure database. The information is then readily available through a secure means in case of an emergency or lost student situation.
All eligible riders will receive an initial bus pass card, a clear plastic sleeve and a lanyard at no cost. The reissuing of nonworking cards due to normal wear and tear will be free of charge as long as the non-working bus pass card is surrendered to St. Vrain Valley Schools Transportation. However, lost or stolen bus pass cards along with a new plastic sleeve will be reissued at a cost of $5 (Please note bus drivers cannot accept any form of payment at any time). Those students receiving bus passes will be provided more detailed information regarding replacement of lost, stolen or damaged cards upon receipt of their initial card.
Frequently asked questions:
Question: Is every student required to have a bus pass? Answer: No, only students eligible for bus transportation to and from school are required to have/maintain a bus pass.
Question: Will I have to pay for my student’s bus pass? Answer: The initial bus pass is free of charge and will be issued to eligible students through their school. Replacement bus passes due to theft, loss, or mutilation will cost $5 each time.
Question: If my student forgets their bus pass will they be able to ride the bus? Answer: Yes, students will be issued a temporary paper pass that will allow them to ride up to three days.
Question: Can my student use someone else’s bus pass if they cannot find their own? Answer: No, each bus pass is specific to that individual.
Question: My student is not eligible to receive transportation to or from school, therefore will not have a bus pass issued. What if he/she goes on a school sponsored field trip on a District owned bus, will he/she need a bus pass to go on the trip? Answer: No, bus passes will only be required for regular route transportation between the home and school.
Question: I have heard that the new bus pass system will track my student while they are on the bus, is the system capable of tracking them while they are off the bus?
Answer: No, the system only tracks a student’s swipe of his individual bus pass when getting on and/or off the bus. The time and location of the swipe is then collected and maintained on a secure database to which only District Transportation and certain Central Office Administrators have access.
Question: Will I get a new bus pass each year? Answer: No, each student will be issued only one free pass. This means that bus passes will need to be kept in a safe place over the summer as students will be required to use them when school starts again the next year.
Question: When a student changes schools will they need a new bus pass? Answer: No, they will continue to use the same bus pass, as it is specific to the rider, not the school.
Question: If I change or move to another school does having a bus pass guarantee transportation to and from the new school? Answer: No, transportation to the new school will only be provided if your new residence is within the transportation zone for the new school.
Question: What should I do with my student’s bus pass if he/she transitions to the next level school and he or she is not eligible for transportation? Answer: Maintain the pass until your student has either graduated or transfers to an out of district school to avoid a replacement fee should they become eligible for transportation in the future.