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    Why was school delayed today in central Iowa???

    I didn't think it was that bad in Ankeny. I can understand schools north and east of here cancelling, but we didn't get any snow and the wind died down considerably before dawn.

    I know Des Moines had the sense not to delay or cancel, but what's with all the suburbs delaying? Is this a new fad? Is there not a way to treat school buses to help them run better in cold temps, or was that part of budget cuts?



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    Re: Why was school delayed today in central Iowa???

    From my understanding, when its this cold, they worry about being able to start the buses. A 2 hr delay gives them time to get them started in case they wont start.



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    Re: Why was school delayed today in central Iowa???

    Wind chill nearing -30, kids also walk to school.



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    Re: Why was school delayed today in central Iowa???

    Quote Originally Posted by cytheguy View Post
    I didn't think it was that bad in Ankeny. I can understand schools north and east of here cancelling, but we didn't get any snow and the wind died down considerably before dawn.

    I know Des Moines had the sense not to delay or cancel, but what's with all the suburbs delaying? Is this a new fad? Is there not a way to treat school buses to help them run better in cold temps, or was that part of budget cuts?
    My guess why

    Mom says her son was dropped at wrong bus stop | Local News - KCCI Home


    Don't want to have that happen in sub-zero temps.



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    Re: Why was school delayed today in central Iowa???

    Quote Originally Posted by 3TrueFans View Post
    Wind chill nearing -30, kids also walk to school.
    Yeah...two hours isn't going to change that this morning. More about the buses which is a bit bush league IMO. Just get your butts to the bus barn earlier and work to get them started to school can start on time.



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    Re: Why was school delayed today in central Iowa???

    Quote Originally Posted by isuno1fan View Post
    Yeah...two hours isn't going to change that this morning. More about the buses which is a bit bush league IMO. Just get your butts to the bus barn earlier and work to get them started to school can start on time.
    Right, which is why I wonder if it was too cold for school at 8 why is it not too cold at 10. It probably only warmed up a few degrees in that time.



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    Re: Why was school delayed today in central Iowa???

    When I was a kid we walked to school in weather like, and it was uphill...both ways...it was a blizzard...and we LIKED IT.


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    Re: Why was school delayed today in central Iowa???

    Do you want to pay more in taxes duebto the overtime you would have to pay the maintenance workers to come in earlier? It is all cost benefit. Add in the liability issues if something goes wrong or a kid doesn't get picked up or whatever. Sucks to make that call but sometimes you just have to make it.



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    Re: Why was school delayed today in central Iowa???

    SOFT SOCIETY



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    Re: Why was school delayed today in central Iowa???

    Essentially they don't want kids walking to school or waiting for the bus when it's this cold.



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    Re: Why was school delayed today in central Iowa???

    I believe the main reason is so kids are not waiting in the cold (wind chill) for buses, but as has been noted it is not much warmer at 9:05 as it was at 7:05 (time bus was to pick-up kids. IMO one of the issues is, when I was in school if there was a problem, the parents did not call the TV stations to complain or threaten to sue the school. Today it is much different.



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    Re: Why was school delayed today in central Iowa???

    Quote Originally Posted by 3TrueFans View Post
    Right, which is why I wonder if it was too cold for school at 8 why is it not too cold at 10. It probably only warmed up a few degrees in that time.
    Warmed up 2 degrees with the 2hr delay.



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    Re: Why was school delayed today in central Iowa???

    My son does the before school program at Urbandale schools and they even have the balls to start 2 hours late on these days. I think it's BS for the schools, but I guess I can vaguely see the bus argument. But the before school program doesn't rely on buses. So basically they are just saying their staff is too lazy to get up in the morning to make it to work on a cold day. Meanwhile, because I'm a responsible adult and want to be to work on time, I have to find some work around. Really getting annoyed with the late starts this year.



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    Re: Why was school delayed today in central Iowa???

    I went to school in North Central Iowa in the 80s/90s. We ALWAYS cancelled/delayed when weather was cruddy like this. I don't know where some of you went to school, but I don't think it is any different than it was back then.



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    Re: Why was school delayed today in central Iowa???

    Quote Originally Posted by cytheguy View Post
    I didn't think it was that bad in Ankeny. I can understand schools north and east of here cancelling, but we didn't get any snow and the wind died down considerably before dawn.

    I know Des Moines had the sense not to delay or cancel, but what's with all the suburbs delaying? Is this a new fad? Is there not a way to treat school buses to help them run better in cold temps, or was that part of budget cuts?
    It wasn't that Des Moines had the sense not to delay, they don't really have the option to delay. Plenty of kids use city buses to get to school, and you can't delay school because then the city bus schedule won't line up. I'm assuming that's why Des Moines canceled school last week when all the suburb schools started two hours later.



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