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With a few clicks, Boston parents can locate school buses on computers or smartphones

Boston families can track the location of school buses.
Having an app that can locate a school bus “kills the anxiety of not knowing” where the vehicle is, a parent said.Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

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It is a never-ending question each morning from John St. Amand’s 10-year-old daughter: Where is the school bus? Now St. Amand, of West Roxbury, can pull out his smartphone and call up a Boston public school website where he can find the exact location of the bus, allowing him to estimate its arrival time.

The site, tested last year with a few hundred families like the St. Amands, will officially go live this school year for families across Boston. The information will be available to any family of the more than 33,000 children who ride a Boston public school bus, regardless of whether it is bound for a city-run school, an independent charter school, or a private school. Most Boston public schools open Sept. 4.

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