Area schools resume classes

A majority of area schools were back in session today after an ice storm canceled classes for several days, but not everyone had bus service.

Students in the Ponder school district returned to class at 10 a.m. and the district provided limited bus service.

“We did not go down any rural roads that were ice packed and there were several,” said Superintendent Bruce Yeager. “Just from being out myself, we had a significant amount of the ice still on the roadways.”

Yeager said the district intends to transport all students eligible for bus service home this afternoon.

“We feel like getting up in the 40s today is going to help us significantly,” he said.

On an average day, 700 students ride the bus to Ponder schools. Figures were not immediately available on how many students were impacted by this morning’s limited bus service.

Yeager said the district intends to offer full bus service Friday.

“We really feel as though the temps getting in the 40s today will provide some significant thawing on the rural roadways,” he said.

Others returning to school today included the Aubrey, Denton, Krum, Pilot Point and Sanger school districts and the Texas Education Centers campuses in Denton and Aubrey.

In Sanger, school got off to an “excellent” start, said Superintendent Kent Crutsinger. District staff drove the roads at 4 a.m. to prepare for the school day, he said, and maintenance workers and administrators were out at the schools when they opened to ensure everyone entered safely.

“We are very pleased with the way school got started and no one was injured,” Crutsinger said.  “It’s been a unique weather event, and we’re glad it’s coming to a close.”

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