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Morning Snow Could Delay Bus Routes

With another cold night ahead, icy roads might be a big issue for tomorrow's morning commute. It's especially an issue for the buses taking our kids to school.

Posted: Feb. 20, 2018 6:25 PM
Updated: Feb. 20, 2018 6:25 PM

EAGLE POINT, Ore.- At the Medford School District, its snow team wakes up at 4AM and has some drivers hit the roads to check out how slick they are. If it seems dangerous, buses get re-routed, and school gets delayed.

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Most of the work happens between 4-5AM. 

Natalie Hurd, Spokesperson, Medford School District says, "We all make sure that our phones are on loud and we will mobilize at 4AM the day of the weather event to drive route communicate with our bus drivers and they will drive out and we will assess if changes need to be made to the school day or just to the transportation routes."

Bus drivers hit the roads even earlier.

Tee Cook, Jackson County School District 9 Trainer says, "I usually get up around three maybe and I drive until around 4:30 because we have some very high routes and then I come back and I go back home and I come back down here in about five we start making all of our phone calls because my first bus goes out at 5:20."

At Eagle Point, Ashland, Central Point, and Medford School District, there's a core team of 3 to 4 people making the decision to delay or cancel school, each with a different role. Someone watches the weather, someone drives the bus routes, someone checks the facilities for any ice on the ground, and someone is in charge of communication. 

But the goal is the same across the region, making sure kids get to school safe.

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