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Saravana Pat Bhava
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Win the challenge and help 30 schools in the urban core with their traffic mitigation and the 30,000 parent's commute associated with the schools easier and more productive.
Mackenzie Fankell , I missed another question that you asked with regards to the current split in each school w.r.t the carlines/bus/walkers. We have some general idea based on the database we already have but we will be carrying out a detailed study in the 'Discover' phase of our project to know the exact numbers.
Having said that, irrespective of the split, Students in any category of dismissal will experience positive benefits from the rollout of the system as PikMyKid caters to all modes of dismissal including keeping track and managing the afterschool programs in the school.
Thanks for your question. I apologize for the late reply as these questions are getting routed to my mailbox for some reason!
Yes, we do realize that there are several private and charter schools in the immediate vicinity of the MCS Zone. We have a long history of working with schools of all kinds. A great example of working with schools of all kind with be the pilot initiative that we are currently operating in the City of Miami as a winner of last year's City One Challenge. We have an equal mix of Private, Public and Charter schools who are currently live on our platform and using PikMyKid daily for their dismissal and traffic management.
Thanks for your questions. I apologize for the delay in the reply. We work with a lot of Title-I schools across the country with similar challenges with regards to wifi coverage and smartphone usage among parents. You bring up two valid concerns about (1) Hardware at schools and (2) Smartphone usage by parents.
(1) As far as hardware infrastructure required by schools to implement and operate PikMyKid successfully, they only need a strong WiFi in the dismissal areas. In 90% of the public schools that we work with we do not find this to be an issue. Even if there is an issue in this regard, there is a Federally funded Grant program that takes care of any WiFi deficiencies in any Public or Charter schools in the country. Here is a link to know more about this E-Rate Grant Program: https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/universal-service-program-schools-and-libraries-e-rate
Additionally, PikMyKid works with schools to be able to align their Title-I funding towards creating better parental engagement. More info about this is provided at this link- https://www.pikmykid.com/title1grant/
We also provide WiFi extenders to schools at no additional charge in extenuating circumstances.
(2) With regards to parental access and usage of smartphones, the latest Pew Research says that 99% of the general US population owns a cellphone and only 4% of them have a non-smartphone. This number further declines when we look at parents with school-going children. Data suggests that a parent with a school-age child not owning a smartphone is a rarity. https://www.pewinternet.org/fact-sheet/mobile/ In spite of the above data, PikMyKid caters for upto 15% non-conforming adults in carlines who may not have access to a smartphone for various reasons such as loss, out-of-charge or an elderly caregiver picking up their grandkids. PikMyKid system can automatically print physical car-tags with secure codes for such cases.
I hope I have been able to answer your questions. If you have any more questions, please do let me know. Pat Bhava 8134841305