- Associated Press - Thursday, September 4, 2014

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - A new tracking system that uses ID cards embedded with microchips located three missing students in Teton County on the first day of school, school administrators say.

Of the 500 elementary school students and 1,800 other students who rode the school district’s buses Tuesday, three children briefly lost their way. They were found with the use of Zonar, a system that employs ID cards to record when and where children enter and exit school buses, Ed Ahlum, the district’s director of transportation, told The Jackson Hole News & Guide (http://bit.ly/1o1oUss).

“A couple kids got off on the wrong stops,” Ahlum said. “A couple of kids got on the wrong buses.”

Each student was found within 30 seconds because Zonar determined the stop where the children got off, school safety officer Kevin Thibeault said.

In each case, drivers returned and found the mis-delivered children waiting close by.

Even with the software, Ahlum recommends that parents or an older sibling wait for students as they’re headed home.

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Information from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, http://www.jhnewsandguide.com

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