Buncombe County schools discuss how they cancel/delay school in inclement weather

Buncombe County School officials say they’re already preparing and planning for the weather next week. (Image: WLOS)

Buncombe County School officials say they’re already preparing and planning for the weather next week.

Transportation director Fonda Durner says the safety of their students is the number one priority.

The school system has more than 250 buses and those buses travel 15,000 miles a day.

When deciding when to cancel or delay school, Durner says they’ll contact EOC, NCDOT and other outlying counties.

They also send crews out early in the morning to drive on and check the roads before buses head out.

Their goal is to try not to put anyone out on the roads in snow, if possible.

“We're always looking at the decision when we make it, realistically - can our buses go because we don't want a bus ending up sliding off the side of the road. What about our young drivers? What are we doing to our families who have those teenage drivers who say, ‘but mom, I want to drive.’ Then, even the parents, we're looking out for the parents who transport their kids to school too,” said Durner.

Durner says it’s a long decision making process and a team effort before a decision is made.

The work doesn't end once the storm passes. Then, the school system's maintenance team gets to work.

They plow and salt the more than 200 acres of parking lots. There is also lots of manual labor that goes into it -including the clearing of sidewalks.

Durner says a group of administrators plan to meet Friday to come up with a plan for the snow next week.

The school system will post on their website and send out an alert once they decided to delay or cancel school.


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