During the winter months, our bus companies make extra efforts to ensure buses are running on time. They plug-in engine tank-heaters, start buses over the weekends and come in very early to make sure the buses will start and be ready to do their routes. Even with these efforts, situations occur that can delay our buses, including, but not limited to, the weather. Here are a few points that will help you and your child(ren) during the winter season.
If a bus is running late – our bus companies do their best to alert the school and Transportation department. We also post information on school websites (under school overview) and social media pages with late bus notifications of which we're aware. If your child’s bus is late, check the website or call the bus company dispatch office for information.
We recommend you have a personal plan with your children if a bus is running late. If it's extremely cold, place a time limit on how long they can be at the stop before coming back into the home. If possible, wait with them in a warm vehicle in a safe location by the stop. Once you see the bus coming, make sure they get out soon enough for them to be at the stop when the bus arrives. While it may be cold, we do not want students running to the bus as the bus is approaching.
If the bus stop is located at a corner, have students wait parallel to the street so they do not stand in the street. If possible, snow blow an area at the corner (similar to how you might clear a space for a fire hydrant) so students are safely off the street.
With everyone working as a team – parents/guardians, students and the bus companies, we will continue to keep our students safe. Thank you for all your efforts during winter and all year long.