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Metro school bus drivers still concerned about icy bus routes

Highways around the metro may be clear, but motorists are still having a tough time navigating their neighborhoods.

That means more snow days for metro school districts.

Putnam City’s John Crafton hits the dicey neighborhood roads in one of the district’s school buses to see if school on Tuesday is an option.

He drives through a bus route just as any driver would each morning and afternoon, hits some of their known trouble spots and encounters several icy hills.

As he’s sliding down a hill Crafton says, “Imagine doing that maneuver we just did sitting there for 5 or 7 minutes with 45 middle school students telling you how to drive and cheering you on.”

At this point nothing has changed since they called another snow day for Monday, so Tuesday and beyond is still questionable.

“I’m going 15 miles per hour so how much longer is that going to take us to run our routes in the morning?” asks Crafton. “At this speed I would probably be running anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour behind.”

That means kids are waiting outside with no idea when their bus will arrive. Crafton doesn’t want to take any chance on those roads.

“It is a big liability especially when you put 45 or 60 students on board here,” says Crafton. “Anything that would put them in jeopardy on the road, or on the school bus, or on the way into school is something that we want to avoid.”

Most of the metro’s large school districts have already called for one more snow day on Tuesday.

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