Experimental School Bus Badges Debut In Anne Arundel County: Reports
CROFTON, MD - Reports said Anne Arundel County is experimenting with a new bus badge system, where students scan ID cards when boarding and exiting their school bus.
WJZ reported that this pilot program will debut Wednesday at these six schools, which make up the Crofton cluster:
- Crofton High School
- Crofton Middle School
- Crofton Elementary School
- Crofton Meadows Elementary School
- Crofton Woods Elementary School
- Nantucket Elementary School
WJZ said the badges have a radio-frequency identification chip, but officials said the card will not be used for location tracking.
"It's important to know that this program does not provide real-time data on school bus ridership, bus location or things of that nature, and it is not an app that family can track daily," Anne Arundel County Public Schools Superintendent Mark Bedell said, according to WBAL. "This is another thing that we are beta testing, and if we believe there is value then we believe this is something that can be replicated across the clusters once we get our data."
WBAL said bus riders won't be turned away if they forget their badge.
"The goal of this project is to examine the potential benefits of a systemwide initiative should we decide to implement and potentially expand it," Bedell said, according to WJZ.
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