Parent Resources

Here Comes the Bus: A School Bus Tracking App for Families

GPS school bus tracking technology is available to all parents and guardians of Kent ISD special education students who ride Dean Transportation buses. This free service provides families with the ability to track the location of their students’ buses in real-time, either on a computer or a mobile device. Participation is optional.

 

Tracking Features:
 

  • Shows the real-time location of your child’s bus on a map
  • Gives scheduled and actual arrival times at home and school for bus routes
  • Provides push and email notifications when the bus is near
     

App Intro Video

 

Sign Up Instructions for Parents:
 

  • Download the "Here Comes the Bus" app or visit herecomesthebus.com
  • Click the "Sign Up" button.
  • Enter school code 29983 and click "Next" followed by "Confirm."
  • Complete the "User Profile" box.
  • Under "My Students" click "Add." Enter your child's last name (up to 14 characters including a hyphen or a space) and student ID number.
  • Once you confirm your information, you're ready to begin.

 

FAQ

Image of FAQ DocumentHere Comes The Bus is an easy-to-use website and app that enables parents to see the location of their child’s school bus. The app also features multilingual technology, supporting English, French, and Spanish. Click on the image to view the FAQ document.

We are excited to announce that we now offer online access to MiPSE (Michigan PowerSchool Special Education) to view your child’s finalized educational documents.  Click here to view the brochure for more information.

During our first year of testing this new product, there are six districts participating.

  • Kentwood
  • Kelloggsville
  • Grand Rapids
  • Godwin Heights
  • Comstock Park
  • Center Programs

We hope to have all districts on board by 2023-24.

 

 

PASE is a parent driven forum to positively impact the educational opportunities for children with special needs through collaboration, education and dissemination of information.

Click here to visit our PASE webpages.

A Parent's Guide to Navigating the IEP Process

A Parent's Guide to Navigating the IEP ProcessThe Kent ISD Special Education department, in  collaboration with the Parent Advisors for Special Education (PASE), has developed this guide to make the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process more manageable and user friendly for parents. This guide should be used in conjunction with the Special Education Parent Handbook with Procedural Safeguards and other resources from Kent ISD and the Michigan Department of Education.  Click here for a Spanish version of the parent guide.

 

 

A Parent's Guide to Navigating Section 504

A Parent's Guide to Navigating Section 504The Kent ISD Special Education Department, in collaboration with a countywide Section 504 Committee, has developed this guide to make the Section 504 process more manageable and user friendly for parents.

This document provides an overview of the Section 504 evaluation and eligibility process. Click here for the Spanish version of A Parent's Guide to Navigating Section 504.