St. Johns County to Test Tracking Scanners for Students Riding School Buses

ST. AUGUSTIN, Florida. – The St. Johns County School District will test new technology on some of its buses next year.

Students at a school will receive identification badges that they can scan when getting on and off the school bus each day. When students scan their badges, it will allow the school district to know the time, date and location of each entry and exit of the bus in real time.

This is part of a pilot program using Zonar’s Z Pass technology that the school district says is aimed at improving the safety and efficiency of student transportation.

The district said it will test scanners that are already in use in other districts of the state and decide whether it wants to install them on every bus in the coming years.

“If the test data or the pilot data says wow, that’s so great, then it’s really for, you know, for the district officials to say well, it’s worth pursuing,” said Phil Rizzo, St. Johns Deputy Director of County School Transportation.

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It was not immediately clear which school would get the scanners.

The school district also said the 40 new school buses it has ordered for next year will be equipped with, among other things, sonar collision avoidance systems.

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