Selecting snow route stops that are both safe for students and meet the school scheduling requirements is a difficult decision. The rural location of many of our district homes along with hazardous, narrow roads without a shoulder or sidewalk make it difficult to identify snow route stops that are safe for students to walk to and from.  For this reason, snow bus routes often require the student to be driven to the bus stop location. Parents should use their own discretion regarding the use of snow route stops, transporting students to school themselves, or having student(s) remain at home during inclement weather.

While student safety is our primary concern, the Transportation Department must consider numerous factors when deciding the locations of snow route stops:
  • Snow route stops must have adequate space off of the road to allow for the safe transfer of students to and from personal vehicles and buses.
  • Snow route stops must be large enough to safely fit the bus and numerous parent vehicles of traffic.
  • Locations of stops are on the county’s priority roads for snow removal so that buses can access their stops and safely transport students.
  • Snow route stops must allow adequate time for parents to connect with the buses while respecting the subsequent routes and school schedules.