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Great Falls School Buses Not Running Due to Icy Roads

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Early Thursday morning freezing rain and icy roads halted Great Falls public school bus services, yet surprisingly classes were not delayed or canceled.

Leaving many parents wondering why?

One viewer said she drove her kids to school to keep them from missing out on a reward policy tied to attendance.

"I took my kids to school myself, for this reason alone. That was my decision, and I guess it's a catch 22, because I love the policy, but if it weren't for the policy, I would have kept my kids home," said Anna Whitaker-Wienholz of Great Falls. "I do feel the schools should have at least been delayed, as well as all other Great Falls area businesses."

Viewer Stephanie Rearick added, "Poor decision not to delay schools."

Superintendent Tammy Lacey said delaying schools would have been a bad idea.

"Lots of kids were en route before we could make the call with the buses, so we need to open our schools and open our doors to welcome those students in."

Lacey added that many parents would not have been able to stay home with kids if schools had been closed.

"No businesses closed this morning. Parents were going to work and I think it is a good feeling for parents to know they can rely on the schools to be open for their kids when they are going off to work."

Lacey said, even without the buses running, school attendance was still high thanks to some help by school faculty.

"As soon as we knew the buses weren't running, our principals actually drove around to collect kids so we could get them to school."

To find out about bus delays or other transportation issues, Lacey said parents can sign up for email notifications through the Great Falls public schools web site.


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