Central Maine school districts turning to emerging bus scanning technology to address safety, driver shortages

READFIELD – Kelly Thompson visited students at Wayne Elementary School on Thursday to hand out key cards that included their name, photo and a barcode to scan when they get on the bus.

When scanned, the card will tell the bus driver who the student is and where to drop them off. Previously, the bus driver would manually input into a device when a student got on or off the bus. But now with the students using a card, officials say the process is easier and safer.

“They are all asking when they can use it,” said Thompson, the transportation director for Regional School Unit 38.