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School buses running behind schedule leave students in the cold

NORMAN, Okla. – As the temperatures dipped into the single digits Monday morning, some Norman students suffered through an extra long wait at the school bus stop.

Norman Public School officials say there were a handful of buses running up to 20 minutes late, specifically those that carry middle school students.

Samantha Luttrell, who dropped a student off at the bus stop, said, “She had made the comment earlier the bus is never late, 8:03 it’s always there.”

But Monday morning, that bus was running behind schedule.

Luttrell said, “I took her to the bus at 8:02. The bus is supposed to come at 8:03. She called at 8:25 and said the bus still hadn’t gotten there.”

The 13-year-old isn’t Samantha’s daughter, but a girl who stays with her when her dad is out-of-town.

As Samantha headed out the door to get the teen, she got another call.

The bus had finally arrived.

Luttrell said, “25 minutes, that’s a long time for it to be late.”

School leaders say there were a handful of middle school buses running behind.

While all of the buses left on time, district officials say the cold weather caused the delays.

Many students stayed in their houses or their parents cars a little longer, not getting into the cold until the bus arrived.

However, those little delays add up.

Luttrell said, “I feel like they should have something implemented for mornings like that.”

She ended up calling the assistant superintendent’s office.

Luttrell said, “He did apologize and said there is supposed to be a notice sent out if the bus is going to be more than 10 minutes late.”

She says the assistant superintendent told her he was not aware of the delays but would look into why an alert was not issued.