The Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (MVCSC) is launching several new features to the bus fleet, enhancing safety and cost savings. New external bus cameras and a bus app that allows parents to see in real-time where the bus is will enhance the safety and security for Mt. Vernon students. In addition, all buses will have wi-fi available for students to use during their ride by the end of this school year.
External Bus Cameras
For the safety of Mt. Vernon students, buses that run high-traffic areas will have external bus cameras placed on the stop arm. The recording begins when the stop arm is extended. If a car passes the bus when the arm is extended, bus drivers will report the incident and the video will be pulled for the police to investigate.
This new security measure will, first and foremost, help keep Mt. Vernon students safe. Secondly, the external cameras will help enforce the law and catch perpetrators that illegally pass buses. The high-traffic cameras will be installed within the next two weeks; the remaining buses on the fleet will have the cameras installed soon after.
Here Comes the Bus
MVCSC is launching a new app/website program called Here Comes the Bus. This app allows parents/guardians to see where the school bus is in real-time. Now students can stay safe and warm in their home until it is time to leave to catch the bus. Mt. Vernon students will no longer have to wait for their bus in adverse weather conditions.
Currently, three buses have the program installed. Throughout the next two months, buses will be rolled out one by one with the program until the entire fleet has it installed. Parents will receive a flyer from their bus driver once their bus has the program installed. The flyer will state the five easy steps to create an account. Additional information can be found on www.mvcsc.k12.in.us/HereComesTheBus, or under the “Parents” drop-down on www.mvcsc.k12.in.us.
Each parent’s Here Comes the Bus account can list more than one child. Parents can also personalize the distance of the radius that alerts them when the bus enters the area, as well as their notification settings. Parents can view their account on the website, or download the app on their phone/tablet and receive email or push notifications.
Wi-Fi on Every Bus
All buses will have wi-fi enabled on each bus within the next few months. Students will have access to the wi-fi during their bus ride. Each school device will remain filtered by the school filters, regardless of their location.
The Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation is pleased to provide these bus enhancements to the Mt. Vernon community. These amenities will help ensure the safety of the Mt. Vernon students, which is our first priority.
Picture (Left to Right): Mandi Beckmann, Dr. Shane Robbins, DeJuan Echols, Mateo Allen, Parker Holdeman (on steps), Morgan Tharp (pink shirt), Mr. Ben Williams