Prisha H

Prisha Hertzler has written for a number of newspapers and entertainment blogs, and ventured into the tech and transportation industries several years ago. As the Communications Manager for SafeStop and a new mother herself, Prisha seeks to craft content that is both personal and helpful to the thousands of parents who depend on SafeStop to relay informative, engaging material.
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Don’t Get Stranded in the Cold: How SafeStop helped a Colorado school district navigate winter weather

Posted by Prisha H on Nov 22, 2017 10:03:00 AM

When the weather shifts to colder temperatures this time of year, school administrators and transportation directors must keep an eye on inclement weather and road conditions to keep students safe. Tracking dozens of school buses and thousands of students is difficult on an average day, and bad weather can make it even tougher. When School District 49 in Colorado needed a way to securely track students, keep parents informed and give school officials control, SafeStop had the solution.

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Topics: Bus Tracking App, Colorado, Weather, parents, reporting, school bus tracking, student tracking, phone calls

How do I know if the data apps I use are secure?

Posted by Prisha H on Nov 8, 2017 10:18:00 AM

Transportation apps may make it easier and more efficient to get to the school bus, but do they also make our lives safer? School administrators, parents, and transportation directors are now paying attention to the security aspects of apps, not only on the “backend” data transfer side but on the “real world” physical side, as well. The worldwide standard for secure information handling — known as Service Organization Control 2, or SOC2 — marks one of the highest security achievements in the education industry.

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What You Need to Know When Purchasing Fleet Telematics

Posted by Prisha H on Oct 25, 2017 10:17:00 AM

Fleet telematics — the systems that transportation directors and administrators use to understand information about their school buses — provide vital information that can improve your school transportation operations. But understanding this information doesn’t have to be as complicated as it sounds. The top GPS trackers, routing softwares, and fleet maintenance devices on the market can now provide easy-to-understand reports that can help drive important purchase decisions.

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Why NAPT’s School Bus Safety Week is Important

Posted by Prisha H on Oct 11, 2017 11:06:55 AM

Each year during the third week in October, the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) promotes National School Bus Safety Week, a public education program designed to advocate safety on and around the school bus. Parents, students, teachers, school bus drivers and school administrators are all encouraged to participate and gather around a school bus safety theme unique to each year of the program. This year, the campaign runs from October 16-20, and participants across the country are focusing on the importance of stopping fully around a school bus.

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SafeStop Starts the School Year Strong with Geographic Expansion

Posted by Prisha H on Sep 13, 2017 10:15:00 AM

Entering its third year on the market, SafeStop is enjoying a strong start to the 2017-2018 school year with an improved focus on its analytics platform and an abundance of new customers across the country.

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Get Back to School with 3 New Features Designed to Improve Your SafeStop Experience

Posted by Prisha H on Aug 30, 2017 12:57:07 PM

As the summer comes to a close and the kids head back to school, we are excited to reveal what SafeStop has been focusing on over the summer break. The SafeStop team has been hard at work on the development of these three functions that aim to improve your app experience.

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Topics: Back to School, google maps, reporting, school bus tracking

The Importance of School Bus Route Optimization -- and How It Impacts Your Budget

Posted by Prisha H on Aug 16, 2017 10:15:00 AM

School bus route optimization is the process of generating a set of school bus routes that efficiently transports students to and from their schools safely and on time. Why is optimizing your school bus routes important? It drastically cuts costs, raises the level of efficiency, and addresses issues that school transportation officials face each year.

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Volunteer Opportunities For Students

Posted by Prisha H on Apr 4, 2017 2:20:49 PM
Engaging children in service-oriented projects from a young age helps them realize that giving truly is receiving. Volunteering, especially with their peers, is a terrific way to have fun and learn at the same time. For students, volunteer opportunities are equally abundant and rewarding. Such opportunities can be organized by a parent-teacher organization ( PTO or PTA ), local community service groups, businesses, or the school itself.
 
There are countless ways for students to make a difference, whether it’s tutoring other students, helping in a healthcare setting, or working with a construction team like Habitat for Humanity .
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Topics: Schools, students

SafeStop Employee Spotlight: Keshia Colleton

Posted by Prisha H on Apr 1, 2017 12:13:00 PM

When our customers ask us, “What is the best part of working at SafeStop?” The answer is of course, our people! Every month we spotlight one of our awesome employees. This employee spotlight will highlight their experiences, accomplishments at SafeStop, and fun facts about what makes them great!

This April, we're featuring Keshia Colleton, Customer Support Coordinator and Data Analyst.

What is your role with the team?
Customer Support Coordinator/Data Analyst

What is your personal motto?
"Those things which come easy, have no worth to an individual. But those things which take sacrifice, determination and thought are treasures that benefit more than just the individual."

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Topics: SafeStop Insider, Employee Spotlight

Homework: How Much is Too Much?

Posted by Prisha H on Mar 28, 2017 1:43:35 PM
Everyone agrees that students need homework. However, too much after school studying and homework can burn students out – and the last thing any teacher wants to face in the morning is a classroom full of zombies.
 
According to a poll conducted by the Associated Press and AOL , 57% of parents feel their children are receiving the right amount of homework, 23% feel their children receive too little homework, and 19% believe their children receive too much work. You may remember having little to no homework as a young child. However, it is now common for kindergartners and first graders to be given complicated take-home assignments. This is a problem because it is not just children who can become overly stressed. Too much homework can also cause friction between students and the parents who must help their kids do it. Additionally, precious family time can be cut into by heavy homework demands.
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Topics: Teachers, students, homework