“Freezing, it’s really cold. I don’t want her out there she has asthma. I don’t want her getting sick,” said Debbie LeVeille, parent.
The frigid forecast is forcing parents to change their plans to keep their kids warm.
“I keep her at home as long as possible and if so she misses the bus then I have to bring her to school, but I don’t want her out there in the cold freezing weather,” said LeVeille.
“I brought them over and left them in the car, kept the car running until the bus comes,” said Kevin Carson, parent.
Easthampton School Superintendent, Nancy Follansbee says her administrators keep a close eye on the temperatures and if it’s too cold out they cancel recess. She adds they also have extra clothes on hand if a student isn’t dressed warm enough.
The Strong Corporation runs the town’s school buses.
Owner Dave Strong says he makes sure the fleet is ready to go whether it’s zero or a hundred degrees out.
“We will usually get them going one way or another,” said Strong.
The buses are plugged in on cold nights so an electric heater can keep the coolant warm making it easier to start the engine. Diesel 911 is also added to the fuel to keep it from freezing.
“Because diesel fuel if it gets cold enough it will gel. It won’t go through the lines so it never even gets to the engine,” said Strong.
The company also keeps the buses on schedule so the kids don’t have to stay outside in the cold.
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