Hayley G. Greene, Public Relations & Marketing Specialist with the Bulloch County Board of Education, reported all buses ran smoothly and no problems were reported at any of the schools. She said Transportation Department personnel arrived at 6:00 a.m. to crank buses, warm them up for students, and de-ice any doors since they'd been parked since Monday afternoon. A couple of buses did run about 10 minutes behind their normal schedule but the drivers had no issues with ice or hazardous conditions.
Greene did report an accident involving a school bus about 8:25 a.m. but that was after the morning routes had run. The driver of a stopped at the stop sign at the intersection of highway 46 and the Brooklet-Denmark Highway. After looking both ways the driver proceeded into the intersection and struck a small truck which was lost in the blind spot of the bus driver. According to policy, the bus driver will take a post-accident drug/alcohol test. No children were on the bus and the accident was not a result of weather.
Attendance was down at some schools, particularly in the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten grades. Greene said weather conditions or illness could have been factors in the dip.
The state allows up to three emergency days within the 180-day calendar. Those two days that were cancelled due to the weather will not have to be rescheduled.