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School Bus Drivers Get Engines Ready
COLUMBUS -- As the streak of snow days for students comes to an end, workers at the bus compound prepared for chilly driving.
Workers at Columbus City School District's compound planned to start the buses before sunrise to ensure they are road-ready for the 30,000 students.
At South-Western City Schools, transportation workers plugged in their 153 diesel buses to keep the engines from freezing -- just in case the superintendent does not call off school.
As the county's second largest district, transportation bosses said their bus routes run close to one another to keep them safe.
"So let's say a bus breaks down, we will have another bus that is pretty close go over and help that bus so those kids are not in danger," said Tim Cox of SWCS Transportation Services.
"They got the heaters running, they have two-way radios, they are safe. We will get them transferred or get the bus running and getting them on to school," he said.
Workers were also starting up engines at the Fort Hayes compound -- troubleshooting for any mechanical issues, since they have been off the road since winter break.
South-Western and Columbus City have already used three of their five allotted calamity days. Other districts have used all five days and will have to implement contingency plans.