Francis Howell calls off school after buses don't start in bitte -

Francis Howell calls off school after buses don't start in bitter cold

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A bus in bitter cold temps. Credit: KMOV A bus in bitter cold temps. Credit: KMOV

The Francis Howell School District cancelled school Monday after 36 of 160 buses in the district's fleet wouldn't start in the bitter cold.

District leaders were concerned about student safety since the remaining buses would have had to run multiple routes.

District spokesman Matt Deichmann told News 4, "We knew with the dangerous cold we didn't want kids waiting at bus stops for we weren't sure how long. We decided it was best to call off school today."

High school and middle school students missed the first of three days of final exams. Since students are only scheduled to attend two more days this week, district officials postponed the third day of finals till after the holiday break, to the disappointment of some students.

"That would be awful, like you're not thinking about finals at all during break, you're thinking about having fun, having fun with Christmas," said student Kyle Apt. 

The district contracts with First Student to provide bus service and met with the company to see what could be done to make sure all buses start in the future. One step will be the use of engine heaters on especially cold nights.

Deichmann said, "What we've done to prevent this from happening tomorrow, we've brought in generators and so we'll be able to plug in all of those school buses tonight to ensure that doesn't happen tomorrow."

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