The new school year is right around the corner, and the School District of Osceola County has worked hard to ensure that students that ride the bus are safer, and more trackable than ever with a new program focused on tracking when and where they get  and off a school bus, officials said.

The School District of Osceola County’s new Student Ridership Program will kickoff on the first day of school, which is Aug. 10, school officials said.

Students will scan their student ID card into a tablet installed next to the door on every district bus when they get on the school district bus, and later that day when they get off the bus, letting school administrators and transportation leaders when and where a student got off and on the bus, the district said.

Since the district’s student bus rider tracking program is new, students will not be turned away if they forget their ID. At some point, however, it will be required for entrance onto the bus, just like it is for school lunches, the district news release said.

The new procedure is designed to alert bus drivers when a child is trying to get on the wrong bus or at the wrong stop. The bus driver will not allow the students to get on or off the bus unless they have special permission from the school administration or transportation leaders.

The Ridership Program will also help the district determine how many students are relying on school transportation each day, and it will determine how much funding the district will receive every year from the Florida Department of Education, according to a news release.