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No buses, no school delay, says Muscle Shoals superintendent

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Muscle Shoals City Schools is one of a handful of systems that chose not to delay their start time Wednesday morning. Muscle Shoals City Schools is one of a handful of systems that chose not to delay their start time Wednesday morning.
MUSCLE SHOALS, AL (WAFF) -

People in the Shoals made it through the night and early morning without any problems on the roadways. However, school systems in the area still ruled on the side of caution by delaying and in some cases canceling classes.

Muscle Shoals City Schools is one of a handful of systems that chose not to delay their start time Wednesday morning. School officials said the fact that they don't run buses played a major rule in that decision.

When extreme weather moves in, a mountain of pressure builds on school officials to decide whether canceling classes is necessary. Their number one priority is student and staff safety, and school leaders consult several agencies before any decision is made.

"The conversations we had with the EMA and looking at weather reports and everything, we were 100 percent sure our roads would be safe and passable this morning," said Muscle Shoals City Superintendent Dr. Brian Lindsey.

Dr. Lindsey believes his district made the right decision not to delay schools. However, he said if the system had buses, they may have changed their minds. "It gives us one more important factor that we don't have to consider. Having buses and bus routes definitely changes your thought process in making that decision," he said.

Buses and secondary roads are something Colbert County officials are familiar with. They said there's a lot more than just road conditions to take into consideration when the temperatures drop well below freezing for extended periods of time.

"A lot of children are being dropped off and parents are not able to be standing at the bus stop with their child. You have to factor in the cold temperatures and how long those children are going to be sitting at that bus stop. Those are decisions we have to make when we have a fleet of buses like we do," said Colbert County Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jeff Cornelius.

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