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SMART-Tag System & Student ID Cards


The Smart Tag system was approved at the April 13th TISD Board meeting to provide parents and staff a safe and efficient way to monitor the status of school buses and students on the bus. Students scan their ID card when they board and disembark from the bus. There are also additional safety features that allow the Tomball ISD Transportation Department to send timely communication to parents regarding any delays or other transportation-related communication. 

New Student ID Cards for All Students
Tomball ISD has implemented a new safety measure for all campuses with the new addition of student ID cards for all students. In an effort to ensure that only students who belong on campus are on campus, the student ID cards will assist teachers and administrators in quickly identifying someone who should not be on campus. 

    • Elementary students will be required to attach their student ID cards to their backpacks.
    • Secondary students will be required to wear student ID cards on a lanyard around the neck.
    • The first ID will be provided at no cost, replacement ID cards are $5.00 and can be purchased at the campus


What is SMART tag? from The SMART tag Team on Vimeo.

Tomball ISD is excited to begin district-wide implementation of the use of the SMART Tag system on January 26th, which will help increase safety and security for students riding on a school bus, leveraging technology to improve student management and communications on school buses.

SMART Tag monitors student loading and unloading, providing real-time information to the Transportation Department, and you, the parent.

Tomball ISD has successfully piloted the program at select campuses and campus administrators have been trained on the system to support students and parents. 

The SMART-Tag system includes a Parent Portal, which provides alerts to be sent to parents via email or text when your child is 10-15 minutes from their stop.

All TISD families who have already registered for bus transportation will be able to set-up access to the Parent Portal, step-by-step instructions can be found below. 

For more information on the functionality of our new SMART-Tag system, please see the resource links below.

Please note: The ID cards are not used for tracking students in and around each campus. The cards must be used on a special card reader that is only on school buses; campuses do not have these card readers on campus to scan the cards. Any uses outside of the intended transportation use must receive approval from the Tomball ISD Board of Trustees.

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For assistance with SMART Tags, please contact your home campus.