ALPINE, Utah (KUTV) – Parents in Utah County are wondering if an Alpine school district did well to send children to school after a bus crash on Wednesday morning.
Kimberly Bird, spokesperson for the Alpine School District, said the bus carrying students to Lehi Junior High School High School had slipped into another vehicle due to the state of the roads. No children were injured and the bus driver was not cited.
Rob Ludlow's daughter was in the bus when he crashed.
"We received a phone call from the school informing us that one of the buses had an accident and that all the children were safe," he said.
Ludlow said the district should have canceled school Wednesday. At Traverse Mountain Elementary School, parents were asked to pick up their students.
"I just picked up my kids early. It was said that my son was the only one in class, "said Taren Davis, a mother of Traverse Mountain.
"They do not realize there are many microclimates in their district," Ludlow said.
Alpine School District is the largest school district in the state and extends over nearly 20 miles. Ludlow said the district's snow policy should take this into account.
"They base their decision on the snow based on what is happening in Pleasant Grove and do not stop thinking that the children of Sun Crest or those of Traverse Mountain may be living a different experience," she said. he declared.
Ludlow calls on the district to revise snow day policies.
"They need to take a more sensible approach and adopt a zone-based snow day policy. They may decide based on the area in which you live if the opportunity to take children on a bus is appropriate. " he said.
Ludlow said that he was lucky that his child was not injured in the bus accident, but that the district had to do things differently.
"To be honest, today they have made the wrong call and they need to learn from it and correct this policy that puts children at risk," he said.
Alpine School District has drivers monitoring the weather. Spokesperson Kimberly Bird declined to comment on camera, but issued a statement. It said in part:
"As always, schools will work with parents on weather-related attendance / delay issues if parents believe that conditions (in their own neighborhood) could cause their student to be late or absent from school. # 39; school. "