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Pocahontas Schools to Try New Bus Routes to Reduce Snow Days


The Pocahontas County school system is going to try to implement new school bus routes on days where classes might have previously been canceled because of snow.

The school system’s Director of Transportation Ruth Bland tells The Inter-Mountain that the move will preserve instructional days and prevent cancelations from cutting further into summer break.

Bland says the county averaged 11.85 snow days per calendar over the last 15 years.

On days where there are hazardous road conditions, Bland says buses would avoid unmarked pavement but could still be sent out onto marked pavement. Parents and students would have to travel to the bus at designated pick-up spots.

Bland says the routes would be implemented on a case-by-case basis.

The county runs 20 school buses over 942 square miles.