Owasso schools leaders contemplate snow day

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Reported by: Michelle Linn
Updated: 1/06 9:30 pm Published: 1/06 1:04 pm

The state of Oklahoma requires public schools to provide transportation to students. Those school buses will run down neighborhood streets to pick up students, Tuesday and Owasso Public Schools Director of Transportation Billy Oliver tells FOX23 about 50 percent of those streets are covered with snow and ice.

"I'm actually kinda glad that they are out of school," said Stacy Hartwell, the mother of an Owasso student.

Hartwell lives in Keys Landing neighborhood. The streets in her neighborhood are packed with snow and ice. Her children have been home from school since Dec. 20, but she says she's in no rush to send them back to school. She tells FOX23 she's glad Owasso school district leaders made her kids' safety their top priority.

"My kid rides the bus sometimes home from school and that last time we had snow, on a Thursday, I was so worried about him being on the bus, so I'm glad when they cancel it for the weather when the roads are terrible," said Hartwell.

But FOX23 also talked to parents who are anxious for their kids to get back into the school routine.

"It's been a long vacation and it's time for them to get back to school," said Luke.Benedict, the father of an Owasso student.

A FOX23 crew found a custodian spreading ice melt outside Owasso High School and we stopped by the district's transportation department. We found them firing up the diesel engines out back to make sure the school buses will be able to start Tuesday morning.

"What we're gonna do with the bus routes is take our time, start a little bit early. We'll make sure even if we're late to school, we'll be OK with that," said Oliver.

He also tells FOX23 the district is prepared in case any buses encounter problems.

"We have a radio system, so if we get in a situation where something happens, we can get to the children quickly with another bus," Oliver said.

If Owasso students head back to class Tuesday, as anticipated, they'll have one remaining snow day for this school year.

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