Late Rockwood school cancellation angers parents; buses wouldn’t start

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(KTVI) – Some parents in the Rockwood School District are upset because of a late cancellation notice.

But the school district says there’s a reason. Rockwood officials posted on their Facebook Page that they had to cancel classes because the cold temperatures put 20 buses out of service. Another 85 buses did not have working brakes because of the cold.

The district realized they would not have enough buses and cancelled classes at 6:50 a.m. Friday. But some parents say it was too late. Several students had been picked upand others were standing in the cold waiting.

One parent called FOX 2 and said her child was picked up at 5:15 a.m. and then dropped off again at 7:30 a.m. Other parents complained their children stood in the freezing temps for buses that never showed up.

Rockwood apologized for the frustration and inconvenience created by the situation saying, “The safety of our students is our first priority, and we’ll work with First Student to see how we can resolve this issue as we progress through the winter months.”

Full Statement from Rockwood:
All schools are closed on Friday, January 3. We apologize for the late notice this morning regarding the school cancellation.

As we proceeded to start the school day, First Student alerted us that 20 school buses would not start due to the cold weather conditions. As we made arrangements for those routes, they also shared that 85 school buses did not have working air brakes due to the cold temperatures.

We immediately called our staff and parents to let them know that school needed to be canceled today. We realize the frustration and inconvenience that many of you are experiencing.

The safety of our students is our first priority, and we’ll work with First Student to see how we can resolve this issue as we progress through the winter months.

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