Fun Fact Friday: Working Around the Clock for Safety in Winter Weather

In challenging winter weather conditions involving snow, sleet, ice and frigid temperatures, the District has crews working around the clock to keep our buildings open, students and employees safe and buses running.

For example in the past week alone:

  • 116 tons, (232,000 pounds) of ice melt was used on driveways and in parking lots at our schools and buildings.
  • 12 District employees were out nightly, throughout the night, driving from one end of the District to another to assess the condition of roadways and determine if they are safe for buses to travel and transport students.
  • District alarm response crews worked throughout the night checking schools to make sure there were no frozen pipes.
  • About 30 snowplows worked throughout the night to clear school parking lots and driveways.
  • Transportation crews and bus drivers arrived at 4 a.m. to make sure buses were running and ready to transport students.
  • Computerized engine heaters are being used on a number of buses. These heaters reduce idling time and the amount of diesel fuel needed which in turn reduces fuel costs and pollution.

Thanks to our dedicated employees for keeping the District, the size of a small city, safely operating in challenging winter weather. In addition, we appreciate the support of our patrons as we work to keep everyone safe.