Frigid weather prevents school buses from making on-time pickups

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - Parents and students are hoping a frigid Monday night does not freeze school bus operations for a second morning in a row on Tuesday. Approximately 30 city school buses didn’t run, leaving youngsters stuck in the frosty morning air.

“I was so frustrated,” said Scherese Morrow, whose 17-year-old daughter was stranded in the cold.

Morrow lives with her family on Texas in south city. Her daughter walks a few blocks down the street to catch the school bus to Carnahan High School. The bus never showed Monday morning. After more than a half-hour of standing in bone-chilling weather, she gave up and went home.

“It’s finals this week and I was just hoping she would get those done before the Christmas break,” Morrow said.

At the bus lot, workers arrived around 2:30 a.m. to get started, but they couldn’t get 30 of the buses moving, either because of the cold or the drivers were stuck at home with their own car problems.

If this happens again, parents of the 20,000 city school bus riders should go to the handbook for transportation information.

“They’re not to stay any longer than 10 minutes after the bus is supposed to be there,” said Patrick Wallace, a spokesman for city schools. “If the bus doesn’t show up within 10 minutes of the time, it’s supposed to be there we instruct to them to go back to their home and there’s a phone number they’re supposed to call.”

What will Tuesday morning bring?

“We don’t anticipate any problem again (Tuesday) morning,” Wallace said.

District officials said students who missed finals should still be able to take them in the next two days and no one would be considered tardy for Monday.

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