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Tablets To Track Students’ Safety

The Dubuque School District is testing out using tablets on school buses to better keep track of students. Last week the district began testing 10 tablets. The devices are docked on the bus’s dashboard right next to the drivers and students can be tracked two ways. A driver can manually mark where a student gets on and off the bus, or a student can scan his or her card. Transportation Manager Ernie Bolibaugh says the tablets, software and other accessories cost the district around $2,300 per bus. He says officials haven’t yet approved further funding. If the district were to go forward with the program, the cost to outfit all 86 buses would cost nearly 20-thousand dollars. The annual recurring cost would be about $20,000. The district is issuing cards this week to students who are riding the buses with the tablets. This gives the district a digital record of who’s riding a bus, when and how often. Bolibaugh says drivers can also use the tablets for directions, to keep track of routes and to complete safety checks.

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