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Tulsa Public Schools Closed Monday; Ice Routes for Buses Still Possible in Future

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Tulsa Public Schools announced Sunday that classes would not meet Monday due to ongoing slick roads. If ice problems persist, the district said it sometimes utilizes alternative ice routes for school buses.

"We find that in areas in south and west portions of Tulsa, there are some major concerns with the hilly terrain and the changing surface conditions that exist," said TPS Assistant Director of Transportation Rosalyn Vann-Jackson.

While many arterial roads in Tulsa are clear, many neighborhood streets continue to be a concern for drivers.

Vann-Jackson explained that in extreme cases of winter weather, some bus routes change pick-up and drop-off locations. The alternative bus stops are nearby but keep buses from having to drive through dangerous, untreated streets.

Vann-Jackson said if the school district implements ice routes, the districts contact parents either by phone or through another form of communication.

Tulsa resident Westley Wright said the option for ice routes are "definitely better safety-wise." He and his fiance, Stephanie Hicks, have a daughter enrolled in Tulsa Public Schools. They were pleased to hear of Monday's snow day.

"It's too cold and too dangerous," Hicks said.

Vann-Jackson explained that buses are generally safer means of transportation for students than vehicles when there is winter weather. She said the weight of the buses makes them better for winter weather driving. Also, she said TPS bus drivers are well-trained and perhaps know how to handle conditions better than many drivers.

Jenks, Union, and Bixby also have ice routes. They post them on their websites.

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