SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Students around the Lowcountry walked into school hours later than normal Thursday morning. The cold weather caused delays for several districts, but Dorchester District 2 did not let the cold keep them from starting on schedule.
School bus drivers with Durham School Services, which operates Dorchester District 2 routes, were out 2 hours earlier than normal, some as early as 4 am. They tested their engines early and had mechanics on standby in case anything went wrong.
On top of the early morning arrival, mechanics came out Wednesday night to bleed the air break lines. This ensured breaks didn't freeze Thursday during the routes.
Drivers also used blended fuels to contend with the cold conditions.
These precautions helped ensure safety on the routes.
Durham School Services Transportation Director Fred Hoose says the decision to keep school on schedule was not made lightly. He says 3 factors played into the decision.
"Safety, impact on the community and impact on education," said Hoose. "Safety, frankly we didn't see anything different today than any other day other than it was cold. The community, you know we don't want to force families to making decisions that they really shouldn't have to make and impact their lives. And education, you know kids belong in school. We don't want to rob them of time in the classroom."
Hoose says, overall, things went off without a hitch.
School bus drivers said they were confident with the school buses. Their major concern was kids waiting in the cold for the buses to pick them up.