ST. LOUIS (KMOX)- They tried to start them, but the cold was too much for the buses in the Rockwood School District this morning. Spokeswoman Kim Cranston tells KMOX that the district decided to cancel classes Friday, when several buses, operated by First Student, wouldn’t start and others had frozen air brakes, “We had to make sure if students were on buses that those buses were in prime operating condition and unfortunately this extreme cold weather today caused us not to have that certainty.”
Cranston says some students were already at some schools when the decision came down at about 6:40 am, “A large number of those students are students who participate in the voluntary transfer student program and those students are serviced by a different bus company.”
Cranston says those students were returned home.
Cranston apologized for the late notice to parents saying, “We will always, always ensure that our students are safe.”
She says they are also already working to make sure it doesn’t happen again Monday, when temperatures are expected to be even colder, “We’ll be working with First Student, watching the weather, and taking all that into consideration. Our hope is to be able, if we have to make a decision, to make it sooner than we did today.”