Cold Start: Students wait in frigid temps for ‘no-show’ bus

Posted at 2:01 PM, Jan 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-08 15:13:05-05

MOSELEY, Va — Several students heading to Cosby High School in Chesterfield had a cold, long wait Thursday morning after their bus never showed, according to parents.

Suzanne Sicilia was waiting in her car with her grandson at his bus stop in the Summer Lake Subdivision, but twenty minutes after the bus usually arrived, it was nowhere in sight, Sicilia said.  A group of students stood out in the sub-freezing temperatures the entire time Sicilia was there.

“There was one young man  who had shorts on,” said Sicilia.  “He looked rather comfortable at first but by the end of the twenty minutes he was moving around to warm up.”

The bus scheduled to pick up the students had engine troubles due to the cold, according to parents who spoke with Chesterfield County schools transportation department.  Those same parents were told at least 8 other buses had cold related problems Thursday morning.

Messages left with a spokesperson for Chesterfield Schools requesting more information about the bus issue have not been returned yet.

CBS 6 received several calls from angry parents, wondering why schools in the Richmond-Metro were not delayed.

But Chesterfield parent Laura Leborati said she understands how difficult it may be for school systems on days like Thursday.

“It’s a tough call for the school system all the time,” said Leborati.

Through spokespersons, Richmond and Henrico County schools said they were not immediately aware of any major problems with buses Thursday.