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Stopfinder Parent Engagement App

Stopfinder


The Stopfinder Parent Engagement App provides parents/guardians with access to accurate, up-to-date information regarding your child’s school bus schedule. In addition to displaying a student's transportation information, the app includes a messaging feature that will enable the District to communicate with parents/guardians directly in the event of a bus delay or other situation that requires immediate attention.


Within the Stopfinder App, parents/guardians may also choose to set up GeoAlerts, which will notify them when their child’s school bus has arrived at or departed from any location along his/her bus route. GeoAlert Zones can be created for each student, enabling parents/guardians to customize the Alert Zone based on an individual student’s school bus route.

 

For more information about Stopfinder, visit https://stopfinder.com/ or click on the following:


Parent/Guardian Access 

Access to the Stopfinder Parent Engagement App is by e-mail invitation only. Parents/guardians interested in signing up for the Stopfinder App, may contact the Transportation Office at [email protected] to request an e-mail invitation.

Please note the following:

  • The e-mail invitation will be sent to the e-mail address of each student’s “primary” parent/guardian, as listed in the Skyward Family Access Portal. Within Stopfinder, each student’s school bus stop may only be associated with only one (1) e-mail address; therefore, the system defaults to the e-mail address listed for the “primary” parent/guardian. (Note: The District is aware that some families with students, who may have more than one bus stop, may require Stopfinder accounts for an additional family member, who is not listed as the primary parent/guardian. The District will address these situations on a case-by-case basis.)

    Once in the Stopfinder App, each “primary” parent/guardian has the ability to share a student’s transportation information with other parents/guardians and/or family members. Directions for doing so are available approximately one (1) minute into the Stopfinder tutorial video, available above or at www.youtube.com/watch?v=aK1otpt4vYY&t=1s.

  • The e-mail invitations will be distributed directly to all parents/guardians through Stopfinder, not the District’s notification system; therefore, the invitation message will list “[email protected]com” in the “From” field, not “[email protected],” which may typically be associated with District communications. If you cannot immediately locate the message in your Inbox, please check your SPAM, Junk Mail or other such folders.

  • Parents/guardians, who do not receive and complete the steps outlined in the invitation message, will not be able to access their child’s information through the Stopfinder App.

  • If, for any reason, the e-mail invitation was not received, parents/guardians are asked to contact their child’s school building to verify their contact information.

Once parents/guardians have signed up for Stopfinder, the app can be downloaded for free via the App Store or Google Play.

Questions/Concerns
 
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Stopfinder App are available online at https://stopfinder.com/faq/.
 
Anyone, who did not receive an e-mail invitation to access the Stopfinder App, is asked to contact the student's school building directly.
 
Additional questions or concerns may be addressed to the Mars Area School District Transportation Office  at (724) 625-1518, ext. 1502, or [email protected]