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Alexandria Public Schools is offering the new "WheresTheBus" app to provide parents with timely information about the location of their child's bus, including when it will arrive at your stop.

The "WheresTheBus" app is free to Alexandria Public Schools families whose children ride the bus. The app is available on any device with Internet access (smartphone, tablet, personal computer & iPod).

The app showcases several useful pieces of tracking information to keep you and your child prepared throughout the year. Featured icons like Your House, Your School, Your Bus Stop, Bus #, Bus Location & Distance, Arrival Status and 10 Minute Markers appear on the main screen.

The Arrival Status, featured at the top  of the screen, is an ETA on when the bus should be at your stop - When a predicted time is unavailable, you can use the bus location and distance from your stop to get a window of arrival.

The Last Message icon, also at the top of the screen, displays "current" when bus data has been received in the last minute & "inactive" if no data has been received in the last 15 minutes. If updates are not received, the bus is likely stopped at a school or is experiencing a layover.

The Bus # icon, featured at the bottom of the screen, allows you to click on the # to switch between buses if your children ride multiple routes throughout the year. As an example of potential changes to this feature: If bus #1400 were subbing for bus #1423, the Bus # icon would display "1423(1400)."

To get started using "WheresTheBus," click on the bus icon within the "Alexandria Public Schools" mobile app (also free to install).

Otherwise, follow these simple steps:

  • Visit www.WheresTheBus.com
  • Open the Parents Section (on the left-hand side of the screen)
  • Click on Set Up Account
  • Select Alexandria Public Schools from the drop down menu
  • Enter your ParentVue Login ID* (if you do not know your ID, please contact your child's school)
  • Once completed, you will receive an email giving you access to download the free app on your device(s)

*Please Note: You must have created your ParentVue Login ID at least 24 hours before setting up your "WheresTheBus" app - the app may not recognize your ParentVue Account otherwise.

If you have any questions about bus transportation with Alexandria Public Schools, please call (320) 762-3317.