South Whidbey schools using snow routes

South Whidbey school officials were out on the roads late Sunday to determine if school should start late due to snow on Monday morning.

District Superintendent Fred McCarthy, transportation supervisor Veronica Schmidt, chief mechanic Todd Brager and technology supervisor Brian Miller drove between Freeland and Clinton between 5 and 9 p.m.

McCarthy determined school would start on time, but all buses would be traveling on special snow bus routes.

School buses are prohibited from going to Scatchet Head, certain areas near Goss Lake and Saratoga Road.

"The bus goes to the fire station at Bailey and French roads, but beyond that it's unsafe," Schmidt said. "I ran into some really bad black ice on Bailey Road. The purpose of driving around is to see what we're up against."

Schmidt said that the district's transportation Web site is updated daily to provide parents information on snow delays and closures. Click here.

"The word is that snow is coming back to town late Tuesday and all day Wednesday," Schmidt added. "Safety is the ultimate factor when we make decisions."

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