GPS technology is used on all of the buses. In the event of breakdowns, accidents or emergencies, GPS is an invaluable tool that enables us to locate our buses and get assistance to them more quickly. GPS also is used daily for nonemergency situations such as when parents call to see if a bus has been at a stop yet or to find out where the bus is on the route. Combined with automated routing software, GPS improves route efficiency, saving time and money.
Cameras and two-way radios are important safety features and are installed on all our buses. Two-way radio transmissions are limited to emergency use in accordance with FCC regulations.
Our school bus driver training program for new substitute drivers includes 32 hours of classroom instruction followed by more than 50 hours of behind-the-wheel training. New drivers must complete this training and receive certification. Permanent drivers are expected to attend mandatory inservice trainings throughout the school year.
Our trained mechanics hold certifications for their particular positions. In addition to providing maintenance and repairs to district buses, the shop also is responsible for servicing 482 additional district vehicles and equipment items.
VPS buses are equipped with Wi-Fi access. The Wi-Fi installation on buses is part of the district’s strategic efforts to improve Internet access and create equity for students who do not have Internet at home. The movement is called weLearn anywhere.