Assistant Superintendent Russell Leek and Brad Moll of Meyer Bus Lines Inc. keep a close eye on the skies when the forecast is for winter weather.
and Moll hit the roads before dawn to gauge conditions.
"I drive the city streets and Brad checks the roads in the county," Leek
"The snow route plan uses the route number, which is a 2-digit number on the side of the bus," Leek
"The bus number is a 3-digit number."
Although snow routes are rarely used, the plan will be activated if low temperatures and heavy snowfall or ice cover remain on county roads for a period of several days.
The plan relies on parents to get their children to the snow route bus stop, or to school.
"It's always best for children to be in school as scheduled," Leek
said, "and we make that our goal whenever it is possible to safely transport them from home and back again."
"When weather conditions or emergencies occur and school is cancelled, the automated telephone service called School Messenger will be initiated and all parents will be called with a recorded voice message regarding the situation," Leek
"In order to participate in the text alert service, you must indicate your willingness to receive text messages sent to your cell phone," Leek