In Chicago, mobile tracking makes skipping school harder

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A Northwest suburban high school is one of the first in the nation allowing parents to use mobile devices to track when and where their students have boarded and exited school buses.

It's an expansion of Stevenson High School's existing computerized bus pass system, which requires students to scan their ID cards before and after rides — something they've been doing for about two years.

Through the new MyFirstPass system, developed by the First Student bus company, parents can use cellphones, tablets or computers to determine what time their kids' cards were scanned. Until now, they've been able to do that only using computers.

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