SMART Tag Distribution
Please be aware that SMART tags will be distributed to students the first two weeks of the 2023-2024 school year. During this time frame, students will be manually added to the bus-tracking service. Parents and guardians can still register for the SMART Tag Parent Portal for updates during this time.
Northwest ISD uses the SMART tag system to increase safety and provide parents and legal guardians with the ability to monitor their child’s bus in real time.
SMART stands for Secured Mobility Authorized Ridership Technology, as each student who uses district-provided busing will receive a tag that tracks their ridership on the bus both when they step on the vehicle and exit it. This system ensures a student rides on the appropriate bus, eliminating confusion. Each bus features a scanner to scan each student’s SMART tag, which enables real-time monitoring after scanning.
Parents and legal guardians can register an account on the district’s SMART Tag Parent Portal to monitor whether their child is on the bus as well as the bus’s real-time location. Users of the Parent Portal can also set notifications to alert them via text message when the bus is nearing their child’s stop.
To register for the SMART Tag Parent Portal, families must have the following information ready:
- Their child’s student ID number
- Their child’s date of birth
- The school their child attends