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How you can use Twitter to track your child’s late school bus

Posted at 10:20 AM, Apr 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-04 10:32:19-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Chesterfield Schools will now send tweets when a school bus is running late. The school system -- one of the largest in Virginia -- started the Twitter feed Monday.

"Twitter will help us provide timely information for parents and students about buses that may be delayed by traffic or for some other reason. It’s free and our community already uses Twitter," Dr. Robert Wingfield, director of pupil transportation for Chesterfield County Public Schools, said. "Our goal is always to be on time picking up and dropping off students, but when that is not possible we want our parents to know."

Here are the Twitter handles for Chesterfield's transportation offices:

Follow @busBirdMBK for information from area 1, which oversees transportation in the area around Bird High and Meadowbrook High.

Follow @busMidloMonJR for information from area 2, which oversees transportation in the area around Midlothian High, Monacan High and James River High.

Follow @busCHCosbyMan for information from area 3, which oversees transportation in the area around Clover Hill High, Cosby High and Manchester High.

Follow @busMatDale for information from area 4, which oversees transportation in the area around Matoaca High and Thomas Dale High.

Follow @busSpecialNeeds for information from area 5, which oversees transportation for students who have special needs.

If you are not sure which office runs your child's bus -- click here for information.

"Generally, each tweet will start with the name of the school and the bus route that is running late so that parents will be able to easily see if their children are affected," a school spokesperson said. "At least for now, employees in the area transportation offices will focus on tweeting out information and will not reply to tweets. Office employees will be tweeting, not school bus drivers."