A new way for Rome parents to keep an eye on their child's school bus is coming in the new year. 'Where's My Bus,' an app that gives updates on pickup and drop off times, GPS routes, late runs or school delays will be available in the Rome School District in 2019.

"We have a contract in place with a vendor to provide this service," says Superintendent of Schools Peter Blake. "Our bus fleet is awaiting the installation of the equipment on the busses. It should be completed sometime in the next week or two."

Matt Salisbury had one installed in his bus yesterday.

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Once the equipment is ready to roll, Blake says they'll test the app and software for a few months to work out any bugs. "I would anticipate it being ready for public consumption on Rome City School District busses sometime around February 1."

Birnie Busses in the district will also have the technology but not all at once. "Unfortunately, as a private vendor the cost for them is significantly more than school districts," says Blake. "However, they have agreed to begin implementation on their busses as well, but they'll be doing a staggered install due to the cost."

The staggered install has begun but the system is a little different on the Birnie Busses, featuring a key pad instead of the screens in school district busses.

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Parents in the Baldwinsville school district were able to start tracking their child's bus October 1st.