School bus accident on M Hwy

School bus accident on M Hwy

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Guest

Faridabad, India

#1 Dec 15, 2008
I heard that a Poplar Bluff school bus was involved in an accident on M highway today because of the ice. Has anyone else heard about this? All other area schools closed early enough to get the students home safely, why didn't PB schools?
flittering

United States

#2 Dec 15, 2008
no, the bus was not involved, they just got stuck behind it for an hour and a half.
Nikki

AOL

#3 Dec 15, 2008
I heard on the scanner today that a schoool bus was on that bad hill on M hwy and couldnt get up it and couldn't back down it because there were cars behind it. And while that was happening a couple cars slid off the road in the ditch in the same area. From what I heard the bus wasn't in a wreck, nobody was hurt on the bus, and all the kids got home safely. They just had to get the bus up the hill.( BTW I don't know if this is what you are talking about, there could have been a wreck on M hwy involving a bus but I didn't hear about it.)

And I agree, PB should have closed the schools down early before the roads got bad. My 7 year old son rides a bus from Eugene Field and he's usually here at home by 4 at the very latest and that's only occasionally that he's been that late. It was about 15 minutes after 4 before he got here. I appreciate them taking their time with the kids on the bus to make sure that everyone got home safely but they should have been more prepared to let school out early.
Guest

Faridabad, India

#4 Dec 15, 2008
Thank you for the information. I'm very glad to hear that the bus was not involved and no one was hurt. I heard this a few hours ago but did not hear anymore information and was really concerned. I guess knowing there was an accident on Hwy 67 South of Poplar Bluff resulting in a fatality even made me more on edge about the weather conditions and safety issues. Again, thanks.
Lookandsee

United States

#5 Dec 15, 2008
It was a very bad wreck and a very nice lady lost her life.
Nikki

AOL

#6 Dec 15, 2008
No problem. Yeah there was a really bad wreck on 67 south and as "lookandsee" said "a very nice lady lost her life." I knew someone had died in that particular wreck but haven't heard nothing else about it or about who it was and what happened.
concerned parent

Poplar Bluff, MO

#7 Dec 15, 2008
why is it that Poplar Bluff schools always wait until the roads are really bad before letting the kids out. the school employee's do not want to have to make up days at the end of the year. that just takes away from their precious days off. so in the end they would rather put our kids at risk. i myself learned last year, when the surrounding schools begin closing, i go get my kids. i would suggest that to all parents. sorry about the lady that lost her life. we all need to remember that very well have been a bus load of kids.
Just me

Patton, MO

#8 Dec 15, 2008
Lookandsee wrote:
It was a very bad wreck and a very nice lady lost her life.
I really hate to ask this, but who was it? I would like to include her and her family in my prayers.
Go Look

Chagrin Falls, OH

#9 Dec 16, 2008
Missouri Highway Patrol has a website with crash reports, go look.

http://www.mshp.dps.mo.gov/HP68/search.jsp
Just me

Patton, MO

#10 Dec 16, 2008
Go Look wrote:
Missouri Highway Patrol has a website with crash reports, go look.
http://www.mshp.dps.mo.gov/HP68/search.jsp
Thanks for the info. God bless this woman and her family.
anonymous

Poplar Bluff, MO

#11 Dec 16, 2008
As a school employee, I can tell you we have absolutely no say in whether we get out or not. The superintendant makes that decision and he works all 12 months, so I'm sure his "precious days off" in the summer aren't a factor. Just another example of the ignorance of people who post with not a clue as to what they are talking about.
parent

Faridabad, India

#12 Dec 16, 2008
anonymous wrote:
As a school employee, I can tell you we have absolutely no say in whether we get out or not. The superintendant makes that decision and he works all 12 months, so I'm sure his "precious days off" in the summer aren't a factor. Just another example of the ignorance of people who post with not a clue as to what they are talking about.
I agree with you. I was a single mom and years back, they let school out early and shut down school all the time under a different superintendent, and it was very very difficult to find babysitting services when this happened.

So, now they gripe because there is school, and if there wasn't school, they would be griping about that too.

I'm from up north and believe me, Poplar Bluff doesn't have bad weather compared to most of the United States, the rest of the northern people just learn to function in it on a daily basis.

I can hardly ever remember schools closing because of bad weather up north. They have it and you just make your way to school regardless.
Precious Cargo

Troy, MO

#13 Dec 16, 2008
I have kids riding the bus and i agree they should have been released at noon or shortly after. When the Superintendant choose to "ride it out" it was a judgement call on his part and a very poor call in my opinion. God bless the bus drivers who safely returned our kids because they had the burden on their backs because of a superintenant asleep at the wheel.
I agree with the lady from up north too but this school district is not prepared for bad weather like a northern school system would be. I bet they have chains for the buses and the drivers are used to driving on icy roads along with with other drivers sharing the roadways.
charlie brown

United States

#14 Dec 16, 2008
parent wrote:
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I agree with you. I was a single mom and years back, they let school out early and shut down school all the time under a different superintendent, and it was very very difficult to find babysitting services when this happened.
So, now they gripe because there is school, and if there wasn't school, they would be griping about that too.
I'm from up north and believe me, Poplar Bluff doesn't have bad weather compared to most of the United States, the rest of the northern people just learn to function in it on a daily basis.
I can hardly ever remember schools closing because of bad weather up north. They have it and you just make your way to school regardless.
Your right about the weather. If it drops anything around here people start to freak out. Most don't have enough common sense to drive in it so it's just as well they go home (except they don't, they just go to the grocery store and then drive around to scope out the accidents). In case you haven't noticed another difference in this area is that people have to have something to gripe about all the time. Mostly about things they aren't fully informed of.

My suggestion to those of you who don't like the school's judgement is to keep your kid at home with YOU. It's probably the best decision for everyone involved. You all think you know so much and are so smart YOU could home school your kids. It would give you more time with your precious little angels. It would help out the school by not having to answers the hundreds of phone calls they get gripping them out about a decision they had nothing to do with. Everyone could be happy all the way around and I'm betting most of youall are at home all the time anyway!
flittering

United States

#15 Dec 16, 2008
Precious Cargo wrote:
I have kids riding the bus and i agree they should have been released at noon or shortly after. When the Superintendant choose to "ride it out" it was a judgement call on his part and a very poor call in my opinion. God bless the bus drivers who safely returned our kids because they had the burden on their backs because of a superintenant asleep at the wheel.
I agree with the lady from up north too but this school district is not prepared for bad weather like a northern school system would be. I bet they have chains for the buses and the drivers are used to driving on icy roads along with with other drivers sharing the roadways.
I agree, I feel so bad for our bus driver having to endure the weather yesterday. Driving in slick conditions is stressful enough...but, then to be stuck on a hill with a bus of restless kids for an hour. Ron is a great bus driver, and I hope he knows just how much I appreciate the care he takes with my children.
guest

United States

#16 Dec 16, 2008
I also work for the one of our local school systems. As far as letting school out early, we like to be able to feed the children lunch if at all possible before we let out. As many of you know, lunch is the only thing some of our children get to eat. Also, if the roads are bad, the busses can run snow routes. It is up to the bus driver. Have a great snow day!!!!!
Guest

United States

#17 Dec 16, 2008
anonymous wrote:
As a school employee, I can tell you we have absolutely no say in whether we get out or not. The superintendant makes that decision and he works all 12 months, so I'm sure his "precious days off" in the summer aren't a factor. Just another example of the ignorance of people who post with not a clue as to what they are talking about.
Thank you, I also work for the school district. I am very glad that someone else responded before I read this forum.
you got it

Faridabad, India

#18 Dec 16, 2008
guest wrote:
I also work for the one of our local school systems. As far as letting school out early, we like to be able to feed the children lunch if at all possible before we let out. As many of you know, lunch is the only thing some of our children get to eat. Also, if the roads are bad, the busses can run snow routes. It is up to the bus driver. Have a great snow day!!!!!
Amen to that. I wish I could win the lottery, I would start a new charity organization, called Summer Meals for these kids who don't get to eat near as much when school is out in the summer.

I would also like to start a Nap Sack program where nonperishible food is sent home with them on the week-ends.

I can't hardly stand to think about the children in this town that go to bed hungry and hurry to school to eat breakfast and lunch. It's saddening.
pbteen

United States

#19 Dec 16, 2008
well i happen to go to poplar bluff high school and i feel as if they do not care about us at all they do this every year. all they really care about is the money...did u know that if they keep us in school until 10:30 that they get paid for a full day? havnt u ever wondered why we never close until then or after that? well that is why. as we slide and say o shit every time we do we are scared on our way home something needs to be done and done now before someone gets hurt on our rides home in these slick conditions
anonymous

Poplar Bluff, MO

#20 Dec 16, 2008
pbteen wrote:
well i happen to go to poplar bluff high school and i feel as if they do not care about us at all they do this every year. all they really care about is the money...did u know that if they keep us in school until 10:30 that they get paid for a full day? havnt u ever wondered why we never close until then or after that? well that is why. as we slide and say o shit every time we do we are scared on our way home something needs to be done and done now before someone gets hurt on our rides home in these slick conditions
That's actually not true; you need to get your facts straight. It can't be counted as a full day unless lunch is served and you've completed 5 hours or so. I guess you are one of the ones who likes giving up their spring break or going to school until June.

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