12 Providence school buses delayed because of snow

Dee DeQuattro


Twelve Providence school buses were delayed or stuck as a result of snowy or icy roads on Wednesday.

Christina O'Reilly spokeswoman for Providence Schools said considering the city operates 168 buses to bus students to school only 12 getting stuck was overall pretty good.

“Our bus company did a really phenomenal job,” said O'Reilly noting that the last bus to return to the bus yard was delayed at most a half hour. O'Reilly said buses with any issues immediately called for help and the company either helped them get unstuck or dispatched a new bus to finish the route.

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras even stepped into help on his way to a morning event. Taveras noticed a bus that was stuck and stopped to offer them assistance.

“We were actually quite pleased with how everyone pulled together,” said O'Reilly, noting the efforts of vendors, staff, and families.

Meanwhile, some parents have logged onto the Providence Schools Facebook page to voice concerns. O'Reilly said that while Providence Schools understand their concerns they were trying to make the best decision for the district. She noted that if school had been canceled there would have also been upset parents who would have hade to make other arrangements for their children.