Depending on the state in which your school district is located, the task of getting kids to and from their homes may have gotten a little more complicated. As of August, 2015 this Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling makes it a legal obligation for districts to provide student transportation to the homes of both parents in a shared custody agreement. As a transportation provider to K-12 students, you may already be dealing with multiple drop off and pick up locations of your student riders. Here’s why K-12 transportation software with a calendar-based scheduling system is essential for keeping everything organized.
While this ruling only applies to residents in Pennsylvania, there is no doubt that similar discussions will eventually come up in other states. Districts are already facing scheduling issues as it is. Mandated transportation requirements will only compound the pressure to schedule trips more accurately. Whether it’s mandatory or not, complicated custody agreements, student transportation schedules, vacations and other issues are making it difficult to quickly and accurately plan student transportation schedules.
The best way to maintain quality service is to have everything planned out well in advance so there are fewer surprises along the way. The problem with some K-12 transportation software is that making modifications to an individual student’s schedule is difficult and tedious. Changes can’t be done for upcoming semesters, even though you may already know that a student’s schedule is going to change. Making changes due to vacation, absence or a student leaving a district can only be done at the moment a change occurs. By accessing each students schedule on a calendar, you can easily select a day (or days) and edit details in order to accommodate a pre-planned absence or transportation to multiple addresses as can occur in split custody agreements.
TripSpark Education features calendar functionality, which is perfect for capturing numerous pieces of information such as multiple addresses. Since all data is integrated with routing algorithms, there is no need for follow-up work to be done by your routing staff. This means that in a single action, a student’s schedule can be set accurately and confidently, well in advance of the actual event. The result is a fast-moving routing system that adjusts easily to changes to a single day, set of days, weeks and semesters of each and every student’s transportation needs.