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Public Schools and many others are closed again Wednesday.
main concern for TPS officials is the safety of their students. They want to
make sure students can get to and from school safely, whether on a bus or on
foot. They say that is one of the main reasons the district has shut down
during the extreme temperatures.
that you have a head wind, a wind chill that you have, as well as snow on the
ground, being that sidewalks aren't necessarily shoveled as you would like,
finding kids out on the streets trying to walk around it," said Superintendent
Dr. Romules Durant.
plows are constantly working, trying to keep parking lots, streets and
sidewalks clear, but with ice on the roads, buses can't safely take kids to and
from school, and employees can't get to work.
when you're talking about today, the biggest issue is you have a level three
until midnight, meaning you can't get employees out to the buses," Durant said.
"Once the level three is lifted, we're able to get employees out to the
locations, get buses running, keep them running and staying on top of them."
buildings are equipped with a monitoring system that notifies a central
location about weather-related issues. This week, some building temperatures
dipped past what is considered comfortable. The system alerted crews, who went
straight to the problem and fixed it.