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First Student School Bus Tracking App Use Expands

Posted on June 17, 2019
FirstView, a bus tracking and parent communication app and platform created by First Student, is now being used by nearly 200 school districts across North America. File photo courtesy First Student
FirstView, a bus tracking and parent communication app and platform created by First Student, is now being used by nearly 200 school districts across North America. File photo courtesy First Student

CINCINNATI — FirstView, a bus tracking and parent communication app and platform created by First Student, is now being used by nearly 200 school districts across North America.

FirstView, which was launched in April 2018, lets districts streamline daily decision-making through centralized, real-time fleet tracking, and can efficiently alert parents about school delays or issues. Parents can find out their child’s bus status and district messages from their mobile phone or desktop.

“We created FirstView to better support the school districts, parents, and students we serve,” said Claire Miller, First Student’s senior vice president of strategy, business development, marketing, and communications. “Parents want real-time updates and more peace of mind surrounding their child’s journey to and from school. Our school district partners want better tools for managing their bus fleet and staff resources. FirstView provides accurate and quick information, which frees parents and administrators from worry. We look forward to introducing it in even more communities next school year.”

The FirstView District Dashboard and parent app has seen a 667% increase in users over the 2018-19 school year, according to First Student. The platform is currently being used by 184 school districts across the U.S., tracking more than 350,000 students across 4,200 schools.

The FirstView Parent App can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play. The app is also available in 10 languages.

In other recent news related to First Student, its parent company, FirstGroup PLC, has sold Greyhound, its North American intercity bus line, and First Bus, its U.K. bus operation, with the intent of focusing on its pupil transportation and public transit brands.

Related Topics: apps, First Student Inc., school bus security, student tracking, vehicle tracking/GPS

Comments ( 1 )
  • Mike Gough

     | about 4 months ago

    Oh bus tracker software is a great aid to keep buses on trac and on time. Put the parents and big brother dispatch into the driver's seat along with the driver. Smart phones will allow parents to know a bus is 6 no 7 minutes behind in winter, right. But First tells a route driver you must service each and every stop with a stop, door open and schooler reds active so the software aid tracs you. The board (big brother) might be monitoring. And momma a faithful bus tracker guru had delayed sending out the kids so loop back to get them orders your dispatcher. Everyone will know where the bus is but then will want updates and reasons for its status. Oh yes its a marvelous tool.

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