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How Schools Determine Closures or Delays

Icy roads are possible overnight on February 27th into February 28th. Causing some schools to already delay and cancel.

Posted: Feb 27, 2019 11:39 PM

PHOENIX/TALENT, Ore--  Every morning and afternoon and Monday through Friday. You will spot one or two of these yellow buses.

Tim Hazen is a school bus driver for the Phoenix and Talent school district. He says the elementary school students call him bus driver and the middle and high school students call him Tim.

His favorite part about his job is interacting with the kids.  His route is on mountain roads, He is responsible for fewer kids then drivers in the city and faces different dangers.

Hazen says, "always have to pay attention to the roads and what's going on around the edges of the road because I'm on the mountain route so there are a lot of deer."

Icy roads are possible overnight on February 27th into February 28th. I wanted to find out how schools decide when roads are either safe or too dangerous for students to get to school. I asked this to Jonel Todd. She is the location manager of the first student buses for the Phoenix-Talent School District.

Jonel Todd says "every morning between three and four am I got out on the roads. Check and see what the road conditions are like."

She is in constant communication with the Superintendent and other school district in the areas too.

Todd says, "so we all just kind of communicate and try to figure out what the roads are like in all of our areas because we all transport our students all over."

If roads are too dangerous on their drive through, the decision is made to cancel or delay school. Weather conditions may be different on any giving morning but their goal is always the same.

Todd says, "safety, delivering the students to school safely and delivering them home safely."

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