FWCS, SACS Explain Decision Not To Delay

By Ryan Elijah

February 21, 2011 Updated Feb 21, 2011 at 7:23 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Some upset parents contacted Indiana's NewsCenter this morning and also voiced their concerns on social media about the decision to start school on time at both Fort Wayne Community Schools and Southwest Allen.

FWCS officials told us officials checked road conditions at 4AM and also at 5AM.

FWCS made this comment to parents on its Facebook page.

Fort Wayne Community Schools did not delay or cancel today because when we checked road conditions prior to and at 5 a.m., the roads were safe for bus travel. Conditions began to deteriorate after 6 a.m. when our buses were already heading out to pick students up. While we had many buses running late, only one accident involving one of our buses was reported. We understand many people disagree with our decision, and we have heard you.

Southwest Allen Officials also said the roads were judged to be safe at their deadline to delay school. One bus was involved in a slide-off and the school also said some cars reported being involved in slide-offs. District officials did cancel routes that were scheduled for later in the day to deliver special education students to school.

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