Bay District Schools is implementing new safety technology into the everyday lives of elementary students. At the beginning of the year, students at every elementary school will receive a Zonar Pass, also known as Z pass to help track their whereabouts.
Students will scan their card when they get on and off the school bus, the lunch room or media center.
“We will be able to pull this information up on our desktops and be able to tell that parent your child got off the bus 822 at 1640 June Avenue at 2:45,” said Bay District Schools Route Manager Jim Chambers.
The district said the data will speed up the parents reunion with their child should they not make it home.
“We would like for the parents to get involved and we really need them to use these cards every single day exiting the bus, entering the bus, at the schools,” said Chambers.
Several districts across the country use Z Pass, but Bay County is pioneering the technology for our region. If students lose their Z Pass, the district will provide another but may include a small replacement fee.