As it is explained in the introductory tutorial Get to Know Compass, Stops are those places where Students will be picked up or dropped off on their way to or back from school. Users need to plan Stops carefully before they can generate Runs and Routes, since they will determine the course of these.
Compass contemplates two types of residential bus Stops (those different from Schools), depending on the number of Students assigned to them:
The Stop Management tool can be accessed by clicking on the Stops tab. This will display the Stops Management menu, where many different filters are available to narrow down the search of existing Stops. Once the preferred filters have been selected, clicking on the Find button located underneath will return a list of the matching Stops. This list shows the Stop ID followed by a Search button that can be clicked to disclose the selected Stop on the map together with its Bus Stop location window.
The Bus Stop location window shows Stop ID, Pick Up and Drop Off locations linked to the Stop, and several buttons users may use to:
A quick Zoom To button is also available to get a closer view of the location on the map.
The first two sets of filters are Schools and Grades (a) and they are displayed within separate sections.
Next to them, three new text boxes allow users to filter by Pick up, Drop off or Stop ID (b).
Pick up and Drop off allow the input of the address where this actions take place, or even just the street names at such locations. This also applies to intersections.
Located underneath, Student ID or Name and Available Schools (c) also provide filtering options.
More alternatives displayed below (d) include:
In addition to Find and Clear, several other buttons are displayed under the search filters area.
These buttons include:
Remember that after a Stop search is done, a table showing a list of the matching Stops is displayed under the filter sections.
If you click on any Stop ID, a new window containing the information related to that specific Stop will appear. This information is distributed under different tabs.
The first two tabs are called Pick Up and Drop Off. It is fundamental to understand that every Stop must be linked to a Pick Up location and a Drop Off location when it is created, since every Student picked up at a particular Stop is necessarily dropped off at another.
Generally, one of these two locations will be the Student’s residence (or a location close to it) and the other one will be the School. Then, if an existing Stop shows a specific address as a Pick Up location, the Drop Off location will generally be a School and vice versa.
Stop Address or School can be selected at the top of the dialog. Related fields display to allow the input of relevant information.
The lower half of this menu also allows users to:
Stop Address or School can be selected at the top of the dialog. Then, related fields display to allow the input of relevant information.
The lower half of this dialog also allows users to:
Stop Students Tab
The Stop Students tab displays a list of the Students that have been assigned to that Stop.
Each row shows Student ID, full Name, Address, School and Stop Effective Date.
Students can be selected and Removed whenever it is necessary.
In order to avoid mistakes, notice that Stop ID and Student ID are different.
In order to avoid mistakes, be aware that Stop ID and Student ID are different.
This allows the search of Students by ID, Last Name, First Name, Schools, Grade and Walk Distance.
The resulting Students can be listed in the Student Search Result table and/or disclosed on the Map as preferred.
Then, any matching Student can be selected and added to the Stop by clicking on the Add to Stop button.
Effective and End dates can also be specified.