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Harrison County officials are working to your keep kids safe and warm

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We all know that low temperatures tend to slow things down.

We have to take time to scrape our windshields, drive a little slower, and maybe start our car more than once.

But Harrison Hills City Schools said the frigid temperatures won’t slow them down.

Superintendent Dana Snider confirmed they’re taking every step they can to keep kids safe and warm.


“The first thing we do is make sure all of our buildings are ready. We have people come in very early in the morning to make sure that everything’s cleaned off as far as snow and ice removal. We also make sure that the heating systems are running properly because temperatures like these are taxing our heating systems,” Snider said.
 

That’s because the district’s buildings range from 85 to 103 years old.
 

But officials planned ahead.

Last week, they made some upgrades to a few systems, so they’d be ready for the cold.

Director of Operations Brent Ripley said they also have a system in place to keep buses toasty for when students climb in.

“We have block heaters on all of our buses, so at night, when the buses pull into our building, they park around the building and plug them into an outlet. So, when my mechanic gets in at 5am, he’ll test them out, makes sure they’re starting and so forth. Most of our buses, they’re starting right away,” Ripley said.

Of course, once they start, they’re on the road.

That’s when other safety steps kick in.

Drivers are required to drive slow and give kids extra time at stops.

They also always do a pre-trip check of the bus because safety is most important.

“The safety of our students comes first for us. So, while we look at the cold as a detriment to our children, we still want to educate,” Snider said.

That’s why Harrison County has operated on a delay for several days.

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