The Alief Independent School District Transportation Department has the tremendous responsibility of transporting our students to and from school each day. Ensuring their safety is our highest priority. In our continuous efforts to meet our goals and exceed your expectations, we often research current market systems, explore new solutions, and examine best practices in the school bus transportation industry. As such, we have identified a solution that is one of the most technologically advanced and comprehensive systems available today. We firmly believe the new system will not only increase our efficiency, it will provide you with added confidence in our transportation services, and most importantly, reassure you of our commitment to student safety.
Each of our buses is outfitted with a Samsung tablet equipped with a Radio Frequency Identification reader, mobile connectivity, and Global Positioning System. Similar to systems used in public transportation, students place their campus-supplied SMART tag ID badges on the tablet’s sensor when loading and unloading their bus. Only the student’s name and associated bar code will be printed on the ID badge. No information is stored on the badge.
Our bus drivers also benefit through improved safety and automation of tasks, better enabling them to focus on the safe transport of students. Specifically, the SMART tag system wirelessly transmits information to our transportation department staff to include the location of each bus, the names of the students on board each bus, notification of an approaching bus, and the ability to view a student’s ridership activity.
Alief ISD piloted the program at all elementary campuses as well as at Holub Middle School, Kerr High School and Alief Early College High School for the 2016 - 2017 school year.
Students currently enrolled for transportation services will be provided with a SMART tag ID badge at no charge to use for 2017 - 2018 school year. Please note, a SMART tag ID badge is required each time your child enters and exits the bus. However, rest assured, our drivers will not deny any student of transportation services if the student does not have his/her badge present at boarding time. Information on how to obtain a replacement badge is detailed in our 'Frequently Asked Questions' posted to the left of this page.
In time, we hope you will appreciate the many advantages of the SMART tag system and how it will help improve the safety and security of our students, as well as the efficiency and accuracy of our drivers and transportation personnel.
Should you have any questions or concerns about the SMART tag system not addressed on our website, please contact the Alief ISD Transportation Department at 281-983-8400, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.