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School districts make preparations as snow hits area

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For many people across southern Colorado, Tuesday morning's commute made for a stressful time with some places experiencing icy roads and traffic accidents. 

A couple of school district's buses ran 15-30 minutes late with the unpredictable road conditions. 

'Today is one of those days where it's tough to determine [if] the roads are going to be able to melt the snow or are they going to freeze over at some point,' said Matt Meister, Dir. of Communications for Falcon School District 49.

District 49 buses ran behind schedule after crews initially said it was safe to have school as schedule. 

Many parents voiced their frustrations online about the decision not to make a 2 hour delay for students. 

Meister says the decision process on whether to cancel or delay begins early in the morning at 2 a.m. 

'Once snow is falling we have facilities teams and transportation team members that drive the 133 sq. miles of District 49,' said Meister, 'they're analyzing conditions about how the roads are doing, are the roads melting the snow, is it drifting over the roads, or is it icing up and that sort of thing, so there's many inputs that end up playing into the decision.'

Meister added that at the beginning of the season, it can be difficult to predict how the snow will effect the roads. 

'It's usually this time of year, a really close call that's almost impossible to figure out,' said Meister, 'in town today, most of the roads were wet and then you hit about in between Powers and Marksheffel and we ended up with some ice that occurred between 5-6 o'clock, so when our teams were out in between 2-5 this morning, they were reporting that conditions were okay to have school as scheduled.'

With the large military population in Colorado Springs, the district also considers there are people who have recently moved to the are that may not be comfortable with the Colorado winter. 

After Tuesday's difficulty with bus travel, District 49 sent out an online survey to parents to get some feedback on how to handle future situations based on the community's comfort level with winter weather. 

The survey can be found here. 

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