Kilgore ISD’s new CarRiderPro system is working well in the first weeks of school, according to officials.
Kilgore Primary School Principal Becky Montgomery gave trustees an update on the system, which uses electronic tag readers to make student pickups safer and more efficient, at Monday’s board meeting.
“It is going very well. We’ve had a few hiccups but overall it’s going very well. We did some problem-solving today and it ran even smoother than last week,” Montgomery told the board.
Montgomery showed trustees a video of the system in action.
The system was set up at the end of the summer and put into action as school began. Students are assigned numbers and gather in the cafeteria at the end of the school day, finding a seat by their assigned number.
Parents have assigned ID tags in their vehicles, which are scanned by an electronic reader in the pickup line. As the tag is scanned, staff inside the school can see which parents are arriving and can locate students based on their number. They then guide the students to the appropriate pickup area.
Staff can see updates to the system in real-time on laptops and tablets.
Montgomery showed trustees the system’s software interface, which shows which students are enrolled in the system, when they were picked up and keeps running tallies of which students use the system day-to-day.
On Monday, 298 students used the system. There have been 2,992 pickups from the first day of school on Aug. 14 through Aug. 26. So far, the system is only in use at KPS, which includes students in pre-K, Headstart, kindergarten and first grade.
School staff use two zones for students pickups: an elementary zone and pre-K zone. Parents come through the pickup area in “flights”, groups of several vehicles. Teachers can view the arrangement of flights on iPads and in their classrooms, allowing them to begin to arrange students in proper pickup order in the hallway.
Students are then directed outside to a designated traffic cone when it’s time for them to be picked up.
Montgomery showed some statistics from Aug. 22, indicating one parent who got into the pickup line at 2:13 p.m. and picked up their child at 2:43.
“One thing we’re talking to parents about is getting in the line later. So many of them want to be early and sit there and wait for 45 minutes. The reader doesn’t even turn on until 2:30 most of the time,” Montgomery said, adding parents can arrive closer to the time readers are switched on and, as a result, spend less time waiting in line.
The system has allowed KPS to move down to one pickup line from two used in previous years. The result is safer, Montgomery said, because students don’t have to move between cars to reach their parents’ vehicle.
“It’s going well,” she said.
A map of the pickup lines and zones is currently available on the KPS website at KPS.KISD.org.