There was a day when finding the school bus stop wasn't so easy. Those days are long gone.

Now, with the click of a mouse and a little data entry, you can quickly and easily determine the school bus stop schedule for your child.

All you have to do is go to the Mesa County Valley School District 51 website and follow the instructions. Enter the grade and your home address, and like magic, you'll have the transportation information you desire.

But, wouldn't it just be easy to call the district office to get that information? That would be a big, fat, hairy unqualified 'No!'

Think about it for just a moment. Thousands of kids in the district - and thousands of moms calling the office requesting bus stop information. Just answering these questions would be a full-time job for someone. But, the fact is, everyone in the school district is extremely busy getting ready for the new school year and the last thing they need to worry about is answering questions that are easily accessible and available online.

Of course, there are times, perhaps, when you need to call the office, but this is not one of those times. It would be great if everyone utilizes the internet tools being made available to get their child's pickup and delivery schedule. I know the school district staff will greatly appreciate it.