Student Tracking Scan Card System

Our buses are equipped with video surveillance systems, two-way communication radios and our Student Tracking Scan Card System (Scan Card) and associated GPS.

About the Student Tracking Scan Card System

In September 2014, Transportation Services introduced the Student Tracking Scan Card System. The scan card is designed to enhance the safe transport of bus students in Kindergarten to Grade 4 by means of Radio Frequency Identification Devices (RFIDs) and RFID Readers. 

All K-4 bus students will be issued an RFID-enabled scan card that they must carry to ride the bus. The student must scan an electronic reader on the bus every time he/she enters or exits the bus. Each card scan will record the time, date and location of this event. This information is automatically transmitted to a secure, confidential database in Transportation Services. The scan card database will allow the Department to monitor the progress of K-4 bus students from the schools listed below as they travel to and from school on their designated bus(es). 

Scan Card Questions & Answers

How does the scan card work?

Students will be issued a scan card to carry when riding the bus. An electronic reader installed on the bus will identify each student as they swipe their card over the electronic reader upon entering or leaving the bus. The time, date and location of each student is logged and transmitted to a secure, confidential database. The system will be able to identify which bus the student has boarded. If there is a concern, our coordinator will be able to notify the bus operator by two-way radio.

What are the benefits of the program?

The program will provide a reliable way to identify student bus riders and ensure they safely reach their destinations.

Who is eligible to receive a scan card?

Scan cards will be issued to all students from Kindergarten to Grade 4 that ride on a regular Parkland School Division bus.

How would a driver know if all the kids have swiped on/off the bus? Is there a notification to the driver?

When a child scans the card on the reader, there will be an audible beep to indicate it was a successful scan. In addition to this, when the card is scanned, the light indicator will change from blue to green. The system will be able to identify which bus the student has boarded.  If there is a concern, our coordinator will be able to notify the bus operator by our two-way radio.

If my child forgets his/her scan card, can he/she still ride the bus?

Yes, your child will be allowed to ride the bus. If the student does not have the scan card when boarding the bus, he/she should notify the driver at that time and the driver will confirm registration.

What happens if my child's scan card is lost or stolen?

Report the lost card to Transportation Services at 780-963-8452 to prevent the unauthorized use of the card. This department will log the card as inactive and a new one will be issued. Replacement cards will be issued at $20/card. 

Will my child be issued a new card every year? 

No, the card will be carried over from year to year, to use from Kindergarten to Grade 4.

For more information contact:
Transportation Services
4603-48 Street 
Stony Plain, AB T7Z 2A8
Phone: 780-963-8452
Email: Transportation@psd70.ab.ca