KENDALLVILLE, Ind. (WFFT) - Many students are going back to school this week, getting on the bus with sub-zero wind chills.
East Noble School Corporation is making it easier for parents to know when their child's bus is getting close, allow the kids to stay inside longer.
"I really like it," said Jen Blackman. She uses the "Here Comes the Bus" app to track her daughters' bus everyday.
East Noble started using the app this year so kids aren't waiting in the bitter cold for their bus.
"It tells me how far the bus is away and when to send my girls out to the bus," said Blackman.
The app is linked to the GPS East Noble intalled on all their buses last year.
Transportation director Josh Buhro said it's another tool with student safety in mind.
"With weather conditions and road conditions like we've been having, delays happen. normally you'd have kids standing out there for average of five minutes before the bus arrives, sometimes that turns into 10 minutes," he said.
The app lets parents know when the bus reaches a certain point on the route.
Parents can adjust that zone depending on how long it takes to walk to the bus stop.
For Blackman, the app offers piece of mind.
"It lets us know where our girls are on the bus, coming from school and going to school. I can track exactly where it's at," said Blackman.
Buhro said drivers log into the GPS and load their route as part of their pretrip inspection.
This will update the ap incase a different bus is put on the route.
Blackman said every parent in the district should have this app on their phone.
"To give them a piece of mind as well. and to let them how accurate it is," she said.
You can download the "Here Comes the Bus" app for free in your app store.