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WCSD Competition Draws Attention to Winter Safety Procedures

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From the Washoe County School District:

With the approach of cold, snowy weather, the Washoe County School District (WCSD) is reminding parents and students about District transportation and safety procedures during the winter months. This is part of an ongoing commitment to safety during all parts of the school day, including the trip to and from school.

"Student safety is a priority every day," said Rick Martin, director of transportation for WCSD. "When the weather is snowy or icy, we are constantly making sure the roads are safe enough for our buses to travel. We want drivers, students, and parents to remember our safety procedures and abide by them all year long. But during the winter months, when the weather can be hazardous, it's especially important for everyone to use extra caution when driving, walking, or waiting for the bus."

"We are committed to their education, but student safety comes first," said Officer Tracy Moore, WCSD emergency manager. "We work hard to protect our students, but we need the help of other drivers, too. Even a momentary distraction can cause a tragedy."

Throughout the unpredictable winter months, transportation officials at WCSD monitor weather conditions closely. Beginning at 3:30 a.m. during and after snowstorms, they begin driving the bus routes, gathering specific information about conditions in order to determine whether the roads will allow safe travel. Transportation officials also collaborate with city and county services, law enforcement agencies, the National Weather Service, and other regional partners in order to make informed decisions about whether school can proceed normally or whether alternate starts should be ordered.

A final decision about schedules is made by the superintendent based upon recommendations provided by administrative staff in WCSD transportation, facilities management, and logistics and operations divisions. That decision—whether to proceed with a normal schedule, delay classes, or cancel classes for the day—is determined by 5 a.m.

If classes are delayed or cancelled, there are a number of ways in which parents can access the information:

WCSD sends a recorded call through Blackboard Connect (Connect Ed) to the homes of all students and staff affected by the decision.

Parents can also call the Parent Hotline at 334-8373 and check the District website (www.washoecountyschools.org), Twitter, and Facebook pages.

As for today's Safety Competition at the WCSD Transportation Department---

The competitors and winners are:

Tire Chain Safety Competition:

First Place: Donald Bailie, Central Transportation Yard—5:38
Second Place: Dave Reese, South Transportation Yard—7:33
Third Place: Richard Wiltermood, North Transportation Yard—8:02

Transportation Aide Safety Competition:

First Place: Yeny Portillo-Cruz—2:53
Second Place: Joyce MacArthur—3:14

From the Washoe County School District

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