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Why School Is Still On Time Even If The Bus Is Delayed?

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With all of the snow, middle school buses were delayed about thirty-minutes and elementary school buses were delayed nearly an hour on Monday. With all of the snow, middle school buses were delayed about thirty-minutes and elementary school buses were delayed nearly an hour on Monday.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

With all of the snow, middle school buses were delayed about thirty-minutes and elementary school buses were delayed nearly an hour on Monday. However, all of the Spokane Public Schools started on time, so kids who rode the bus ended up walking into class late.

“It's only about a quarter of our students that ride the bus on any given day and that's about 6,000 to 7,000 students of our 28,000,” said Spokane Public Schools Director of Community Relations Kevin Morrison. “Most of our students walk.”

Other school districts have a high percentage of students who take the bus, but for Spokane Public Schools, the number is much smaller.

“We're going to bus about 6,000 students today, on any given day,” Morrison said. “About 2,000 of those will be high school students, those were all on time, so roughly about 4,000 students would have impacted what 24,000 other students were doing.”

Delaying school altogether impacts a greater number of families, along with hundreds of staff members, so the district makes the decision based on what would be the least disruptive.

“It is frustrating, but I'm hoping that they're understanding that basically when you look at the overall system of 28,000 students that we can't really make the entire system work for everybody the same way they would like it.” Morrison said.

Spokane Public Schools also says teachers understand that some students will be late, so they make changes in the classrooms to account for those students. Morrison also says it is important to keep class on time because many students do not have other options at home.

“Those opportunities of a warm meal and safe place don't exist for all of our students and that's why we always want to have school whenever we can on time,” Morrison said.

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