Tomball ISD rolls out SMART Tag system for K-12 to monitor bus safety

Students in all grade levels will now scan their ID cards when they board and depart the bus via a special card reader. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Students in all grade levels will now scan their ID cards when they board and depart the bus via a special card reader. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Students in all grade levels will now scan their ID cards when they board and depart the bus via a special card reader. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Tomball ISD implemented its SMART Tag system across the district Jan. 26, a move that includes providing all students with student ID cards to monitor the status of school buses and enhance student safety, according to a release from the district.

The Tomball ISD board of trustees approved a $342,318 contract for the system in April, as Community Impact Newspaper previously reported, and the system has been piloted at select campuses until now, according to district information.

Students in all grade levels will now scan their ID card when they board and depart the bus via a special card reader, according to TISD information.

The new system allows parents—if registered through the Parent Portal—to receive an email or text alert when their children are 10-15 minutes away from their drop-off stop.

Student ID cards will be attached to elementary students' backpacks, and secondary students are required to wear their ID card on a lanyard.


While the ID cards are not being used to track student movement around campuses, the cards will assist TISD staff in identifying individuals who should not be on campus, district information states. Trustees must approve any use for the cards beyond transportation, according to district information.
By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball | Magnolia & Conroe | Montgomery

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor for the Tomball|Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.



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