Charles County Schools Launch 'School Locator' System - Southern Maryland Headline News

Charles County Schools Launch 'School Locator' System

LA PLATA, Md. (Dec. 21, 2008)—Charles County Public Schools has added a school locator feature to its web site. The School Locator allows anyone to enter an address and see which three schools—elementary, middle and high—an address is zoned for. It also indicates if the address is eligible for bus transportation to a particular school.

The public can access school locator at and click on Launch Application (Public). No password is needed.

School locator works by matching the user query against a database of roads in Charles County and which schools that road is zoned for. The Charles County Public Schools transportation department defines the zones using an administrative function of the software.

In the future, the service will allow school principals to see a list of buses traveling to their school, which students are scheduled to be on a particular bus, and the approximate time of each stop a bus makes before reaching the school.

The service also expedites some of the manual tasks for school system staff. For example, the system will help in the process of creating bus route packets at the beginning of the school year.

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