• Schools take extra precautions to keep students warm


    MARIETTA, Ga. - Some school districts called crews in early to make sure buses will start properly during the dangerous cold Thursday morning.
    Channel 2's Richard Elliot was at the Marietta City Schools bus barn to see how school officials prepared for the cold.
    Bus drivers arrived early to get their buses nice and warm before they headed out to pick up children.
    School transportation director Mark Lindstrom said the bitter cold offers a lot of challenges, including the possibility of dead batteries.
    Marietta City schools spokesperson Sommer Vega said the district alerted parents to the bone chilling forecast and advised them to keep their kids warm if they're going to be waiting for buses.

    Parents should bundle up their children "especially when they're standing at the bus stop,” Vega said.
    Other districts, including Cobb and DeKalb, did the same thing.
    Some parents told Elliot they plan to do what they can to keep their kids warm.
    “He does ride the bus. He takes little hand warmers for his pickets when he goes up there,” said parent Tracy Lowe.
    Marietta has maintenance crews available this morning just in case any problems arise.

    Next Up: