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Schools out and school buses are partly to blame

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Sub-zero temperatures this morning are mainly to blame for Joplin schools closing. And as a result of frigid temps the district is having trouble keeping buses warm.

Out of a fleet of 97 buses, at least 80 are in service when school is in session. 

Most of the buses haven't moved since winter break. In anticipation of school beginning this week school officials want to be sure buses are ready to go. 

Which may be difficult. 

Parents we spoke with say - if temperatures stay below zero in the a.m., students shouldn't be waiting at stops. 

"You know being five below this morning that's pretty freaking cold. Some of them [students] have to wait a good 30 minutes. Most of these kids now days don't know how to dress right," said Brandon Jones.   

The school district says several considerations are taken into account before school is canceled. 

District officials will drive school routes, check morning temperatures, and look at sidewalk conditions. 

Assistant Director David Pettit of Joplin Schools building grounds and transportation says preliminary maintenance had been done on buses, but they're still having issue starting.   

"We had to put additional additive in each individual bus today to try and get them to start it's been a bit of a challenge," said Pettit.

The district puts a diesel fuel supplement inside the gas tank to help fuel from gelling up. 

School officials say if school is in session, buses will arrive. 

 

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