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Students left out in the cold waiting for school bus

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by John Wilmer

WATERLOO (KWWL) - A number of eastern Iowa parents are upset and claim their children waited too long in the frigid weather to catch the school bus. This comes just one day after the Waterloo Community School District reported that nearly a dozen students may have had frostbite from the cold.

For Dawn Gramlich, Monday morning started pretty much like every other day. Getting her two daughters off to school and then getting ready for work, but for one daughter who is a seventh grader at Hoover Middle school, she almost didn't make it to class.

"Normally her bus arrives between 6:55am or 7:00 and we received a call at 7:00am saying that her bus would not be picking her up and that we need to find other transportation to get her to school," said Gramlich. 

Gramlich says the extreme cold and delay in notification put her child at risk.

"It's very frustrating because there was a wind chill advisory our and we received a call last evening saying several students got frost bitten."

Officials with the company that provides transportation for the school district, First Student, say several of their buses had problems, but did not hear of any students being asked to find other ways to get to school.

"I know we had some issues with some buses that had trouble starting a few of them and then there were some of them that jelled up as they were running routes," Phil O'Donnell of Student First said.

"I know they're going to work out the communication and mechanical issues that they had yesterday and we will have some resolution to that and everyone will get where they need to be," Sharon Miller of the Waterloo Community School District said.

If a bus breaks down or can't make all of its stops another bus is supposed to fill in which has left many parents wondering why this didn't happen.

"I think with what happened yesterday that there should have been a delay as cold as it was and if the buses weren't working then there was probably several students stuck out there," Gramlich said.

If a parent has any questions regarding their students bus route, they are asked to call Student First at 319-291-4879Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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