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ROCKWOOD, Mo. _It is the first day back at school for many school districts this morning after the holiday break. One of the largest area districts, the Rockwood School District, is taking precautions to make sure its buses start in the freezing weather.

The system worked.

Rockwood officials say all of the district`s buses started smoothly on this cold morning. The buses have electrical cords attached to them that drivers unhook as they come in for their shifts. The cords power heaters around the engine blocks of the buses.

Those heaters help the buses start smoothly on these cold mornings.

The Rockwood district owns and operates its fleet of 192 buses. When the district bought the buses two years ago, officials purchased buses with the heating feature around the engine blocks.

Rockwood leaders say a situation that happened four years ago played a role in getting buses with engine block heaters.

It was four years ago today when the district had to unexpectedly cancel classes because 20 of its buses wouldn`t start in the cold weather. That certainly was not a problem this morning.