The problem was the brakes on the buses, not the engine. Electric warmers for
the brake lines... NOT!! Load the kids up and have the brakes fail...now your
thinking. Communication is the problem but efforts are being made to improve
this glitch. Sounds like to me no matter what the outcome you would be
complaining...get a life!
Apparently my comment did not get added. Here it is again:I am
appalled! The children needed transportation or at least warm shelter.Instead they got blow torches and promises of communication with parents.And worse: they were left in the cold.1) Our public
protectors, the police, should have been called to pick up these freezing
children.2) There are electric warmers for cars. I'm sure there
are ones for buses too. They are common in northern states. Everyone who wants
to drive in winter has them.
Well, I didnt walk 5 miles, it was more like 2 miles and sometimes my hair would
be wet...it would freeze and I would pretend it was a sword and chase the boys
as if I had a weapon in my hands ...freezing weather is tough but hey...kids are
tough and resilient....
well at least there is a good thing that will come from this. one of those
children that got frost bite this morning will go to school and figure out a
simple and effective way of disrtic school bus operations one day.
When I was a child, we used to walk 5 miles to school, uphill both ways,
regardless of the ice, snow, sleet, rain or cold.
I feel for the children I personally know what it is like to be waiting in the
early morning hours when it is the coldest time. I hardly doubt the district did
their best because if that were true something unexpected like this could've
been prevented, but then again I'm no mechanic. In weather like this things on
vehicles are expected to freeze, and break.
THERE'S TIMES WHEN WE SHOULD THINK OF THE CHILDREN FIRST SCHOOL SHOULD HAVE BEEN
CANCELED BRAKES THAT CAN'T STOP ON ICE IS VERY FRIGHTING
I drove the school bus for 17 years in Texas. I know it is frustrating when
buses do not run on schedule, but we have had blue northers come through Texas
that have shut down buses for similar reasons. It is much better that this
happens before the kids get on the buses than after they are loaded. Better not
to run at all than to push it and have disasters.
The number to the transportation office is very useful... especially when
there's NOBODY in the office!!
I think the district tried their best to get a hold of the parents! Trying to
put your self in that situation just makes me appreciate the organized way they
took handle on this situation. it would be nice to have tha problem fixed but we
should all just appreciate the job they are doing getting our kids to school
without mother natures interference.