Keeping Parents in the Loop

Many transportations departments and schools have experienced the early morning phone calls from parents or guardians wondering where their child’s bus is. Late buses happen sometimes, whether it is from mechanical issues or traffic, and the App-Garden’s Parent Portal and communication platform allow transportation to keep parents, administration, and drivers in the loop.

If we have learned anything from the past six months, it is that communication and information are key! For transportation departments nationwide, communicating up to date on route assignments, late buses, and bus safety measures has been at the top of the list. Kaila Ashley the Sales and Marketing Manager at App-Garden shared, “Phone calls are constant for transportation departments. Anytime we are on the phone with districts, we are continuously hearing the phone or radio go off and we built the communication piece and parent portal to aid in this area.”

 

How It Works

  1. The App-Garden Routing system provides open visibility to transportation information across the district. Unlimited licensing provides administrators at school locations access to view routes and assignments, avoiding phone calls back and forth to transportation. Transportation departments can also send single notifications for new route assignments or mass notifications for bus break downs or delayed buses.
  2. The parent portal allows parents to request new route assignments removing the need for extra paperwork. Additionally, once the student is assigned, a message can be sent directly to all contacts listed for the student with new bus assignments.
  3. Parents can access an interactive map that allows them to set up a radius with notifications for when the bus is approaching, removing the need for long wait times at the bus stop and providing parents who may not be home notifications of when their children should arrive home.

These are just some of the many features the App-Garden Routing software has to offer. Hal Taylor from Cleveland City Schools, Tennessee shared, “The App-Garden did not oversell their product.  The routing product did exactly what they said it would do.  I cannot imagine being without this product amidst COVID-19.  Also, the level of support we have received from the App-Garden has been amazing.  They have responded every time we have needed them!”

Join Cleveland City Schools and others who have made the switch to the App-Garden Routing software today!

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