Kent school buses to have new GPS tracking devices

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jan. 5, 2016 at 3:10 a.m.



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KENT, Wash. (AP) — One of the largest school districts in Washington state is outfitting its school buses with GPS tracking devices.

KING-TV reports (http://goo.gl/K4tHc2 ) the Kent School District received a $50,000 grant from Seattle-based company Zonar to install the devices on its entire fleet. The GPS system will provide the exact location of the buses, how fast the vehicles are travelling as well as information regarding which students are on the bus.

A feature of the Zonar system requires students to swipe an ID card when they get on and off the bus, allowing the district to know who is on the bus at all times.

The installation of the new technology follows an incident involving a kindergartener who was mistakenly dropped off at the wrong bus stop and missing for hours.

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Information from: KING-TV, http://www.king5.com/

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