SmartTags Required for Bus Service

SmartTags Required for Bus Service
Posted on 10/12/2021
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In August of the 2021-22 school year, Jarrell ISD implemented the SmartTag system for bus riders. The SmartTag system is designed to ensure authorized ridership on district buses and improve the safety and security of students who use bus transportation. 

SmartTag provides live monitoring of where and when students load onto and unload off of their school bus. This information keeps transportation staff, school administrators and parents up-to-date with accurate information. 

How SmartTag works:

  • When a student enters a school bus, the student scans their SmartTag card using the card reader (installed on the bus).
    The SmartTag tablet confirms the student is board the correct school bus.
  • When the student has arrived at his/her stop and gets ready to exit the bus, the student again scans his/her card ensuring it's the correct stop.
  • Information is gathered by the bus driver and shared in real time using secured cloud technology.
  • Parents are able to use the SmartTag portal for up-to-date information on their child's bus. Parents may also download the app and get notifications on their child's bus. 

Student protocols
All students who ride a Jarrell ISD bus should have a SmartTag. New students will have a 2-day delay for processing. 

What happens if a student forgets their SmartTag?

  • Students will be allowed to board the bus in the morning and come to school.
  • Once at school, the Jarrell ISD transportation department will contact the school and inform the school the student did not have a SmartTag.
  • The campus will contact the parent or guardian to inform them that the student will not be able to ride the bus home without a SmartTag.

If a student does not have a SmartTag, parents may:

  • Make arrangements to pick up their child from school that day
  • Deliver the child's SmartTag to school so the student may ride the bus.
  • Pay for another SmartTag through RevTrak for $5. With this new SmartTag, the student may ride the bus home. 
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