School officials prepare for cold weather

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Reported by: Janai Norman
Updated: 1/23 10:03 am Published: 1/23 8:43 am

Earlier this month, FOX23 reported 17 Tulsa Public School buses would not start in the cold, and parents tell FOX23 some buses never showed up.

District leaders tells me about 29 thousand students across Tulsa are bused to these district schools every single day. And while we don't have mornings this cold every day, they say they're prepared on these days too.

Back on January 7, FOX23 reported 14 bus drivers called in sick, in addition to the buses that wouldn't start. One parent said her children's bus never showed up and the district never notified her. When FOX23 talked with school leaders at 10:30 that morning, FOX23 was told buses were doubling back through their routes to make sure no kids were still waiting in the cold hours later. But Chris Payne, spokesman for TPS, insists the district is prepared.

“Last time we had this happen, our buses were still 99% on time, so we feel like when it's just dealing with cold temperatures, we are adequately covered, we are adequately prepared, this is something we deal with every day, this is something we deal with every year, the biggest thing is just keeping kids warm,” said Payne.

FOX23 was told before the district doesn't have the time or personnel to notify parents of bus drivers in the morning if anything does go wrong. That is why the district is urging parents to expect delays and dress kids warmly.

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