Heat trumps bus policies at Nassau County schools

NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. -- In Nassau County, bus drivers being told to not follow certain policies -- to make sure the ride is comfortable for children on board.

On most days, buses aren't allowed to idle at school and children aren't allowed to drink water on the bus.

With the heat index reaching triple digits, those policies are on the shelf, said David Buchanan, director of transportation for the Nassau County School District.

"Sometimes common sense overrides policy," he said.

Most of the day, the buses sit in an open lot. By the time they're needed in the afternoon, drivers maintain they're simply too hot for children inside.

Buchanan said the buses need at least 15 minutes to start to cool down. The heat combined with the number of stops and the number of times the doors open makes idling the only option, he said.

"The bus doesn't have time to cool down," he said. "We'd almost have the kids home by the time the bus cools down."


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