- Look into a GPS tracking service, such as Find My iPhone. Your cell phone provider can help you setup whatever phone you have (Apple, Android, etc.). Apps such as Find my iPhone helps you find your misplaced phone by showing it on a map. You can also make it play a sound, which is helpful if it's stuck under a seat. If the phone is lost or stolen, you have the options of locking the device, displaying a contact number, and wiping your data.
- Call or email the Transportation Office as soon as possible. Driver's are instructed to check buses at the end of their run, but they may do multiple trips in-between. Give date and time that phone was left on bus. Also give specific description of cell phone, such as: make, model, color, case, etc.
- Check with your driver. Driver's are also instructed to notify the Transportation Office, but often hold onto the cell phone, especially if it's found after the bus runs in the evening.
- Accuracy. Depending on your device and available services, Location Services uses a combination of cellular, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS to determine your location. If you're not within a clear line of sight to GPS satellites, your device can determine your location using crowd-sourced Wi-Fi and cell tower locations or iBeacons. Accuracy can be within a few meters to as far as a 2+ mile radius.
Has your child lost or forgotten their cell phone on the bus? Well, you're not alone. The Transportation Office gets such calls almost every month. Usually phones are recovered, but not always. Here's some things that a parent can do: