Transportation Options

NTPS uses Smart Tag on all buses

  • North Thurston Public Schools & Smart Tag Logo on a black background NTPS uses Smart Tag to keep track of our bus ridership. Students scan off and on the bus daily to help us keep track of bus riders!

    Lost tag?

    Contact your school office as soon as possible to obtain a replacement tag.

    What do parents need to do?

    Make sure your student has their badge with them when they ride the bus. Activate your SmartTag parent account to access text & email notification settings and see your student's riding log.

    SmartTag parent portal

    How does it work?

    Students have been issued an identification card with an RFID chip. As they load or disembark the school bus, they wave the card past the card reader to log on and off the bus. Office staff and dispatch can keep track of all of this, giving instant access to the NTPS transportation system and ridership. This is an excellent tool for keeping track of our younger students and making sure everyone is on the right bus and using the correct stop.

    We take the Transportation of your student seriously and believe the safety features of this product greatly enhance the safety and security of our student body. NTPS is the first Smart Tag enabled school district in Washington.

Smart Tag Frequently Asked Questions

  • Reminder: Transportation Services inactive after 20 days of no use

  • How does the Smart Tag Parent Portal work? Are there phone notifications?

  • Who should I contact about a lost badge?

  • Can a student get off at a different stop or use a different bus?

  • Can I see when my child gets on/off the bus?

  • Do these badges track student location?

  • How will multiple and/or alternating destinations work?

  • Is an ID badge required to ride the bus?

  • Is student information stored in the ID Badge?

  • What does the bus driver see when the card is swiped?

  • What if my student doesn't ride the bus?

  • What if my student forgets their badge?

  • What is the procedure for a student without an ID Badge?

  • Will students receive a badge every year?

  • Will this system notify me of bad weather closures, accidents, or other emergencies?