Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) is making the trip to school a bit easier this year.
 
EIPS is urging students and parents to walk or drive their route to school to get used to it.
 
"Time it to see how long it actually takes you to get there," recommended EIPS chair, Trina Boymook. "Just so that it's familiar and it [also helps] ease some of that anxiety."
 
For students riding the bus, there's a number of tools parents can use to keep track of their kids and the bus.
 
One nifty feature is GPS tracking that's open to parents.
 
"Especially in those cold months, the bus may be slightly delayed and so in order to time getting your child to the curb, parent's really love being able to see how far the bus is from their stop."
 
Parents are also able to see if their child has scanned onto the bus and scanned off as they arrive at school.
 
EIPS was one of the first school divisions to implement the scanning technology.
 
Of course, school websites and social media are updated to let parents know if their student's bus is on time, delayed or cancelled.
 
For students who haven't registered for the bus yet or haven't received a letter from the EIPS Student Transportation department, there's still time, parents can call 780-417-8151 for more info.

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